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The 7 Most Sustainable & Eco Friendly Phone Cases (2023)


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Are phone cases sustainable? Can compostable cases be durable? In this post, we’ll review the top seven eco friendly and sustainable phone case brands. 

For each brand, we evaluated its performance as well as its impact on people and the planet.

Want more info on our assessment process? Read our section “What Makes an Eco Friendly or Sustainable Phone Case?

Our goal in this post, as is the same with every one of our Buy Ensemble lists, is to ensure your purchases benefit people and the planet. Specifically, we’re wanting you to feel better about the next case you snap on that new phone. 

Before we dive deep into each brand individually, we’ll cover a quick list of the best sustainable phone case brands. See the full reviews below.

Quick List — The Most Sustainable Phone Cases

Take a look at these seven sustainable phone case brands. 

Pela (⭐️ 3.8) — 100% Compostable Phone Case 

A Good Company (⭐️ 4.5) — Best Sustainable Phone Case for iPhone 13 and Samsung S22

15:21 (⭐️ 2.7) — Minimalist Phone Case   

CASETiFY (⭐️ 3.1) — Sustainable Phone Case with Fun Designs  

Go Nimble (⭐️ 3) — Best Recycled Phone Case  

Wave (⭐️3) — Most Affordable Phone Case 

Carved (⭐️3.5) Phone Case Made Sustainably in the USA


100% Compostable Phone Case 


Price: $53-69

Made In: China and Canada

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Phone Sizes:  iPhone (6-13), Samsung (S9-S22), Google Pixel (5-6)

Pros & Cons

blog-pros-icon Compostable

blog-pros-icon Plenty of colors and styles to choose from

blog-pros-icon Plastic-free, recyclable packaging

blog-pros-icon Screen protection guarantee (with liquid screen protector purchase)

cons-icon Higher price point

cons-icon Limited transparency with labor practices

Pela phone cases are made of Flaxstic®, a substance made with compostable bioplastic elastomer and flax straw materials. Made to last, the sustainable phone case is durable but not bulky. Plus there are plenty of designs and styles to choose from. 

In our experience, we’ve found the Pela Cases to be protective (no broken/cracked screens to report), comfortable to handle, and pleasantly simple in style. 

Pela is pretty transparent about production, including an overview on its About page that walks you through the process. One thing to note: they manufacture in China, but they’re not explicitly clear about the working conditions. Customers have reported confusion and surprise to find out the cases are made in China, when they believed them to be Canadian-made. 

They have historically made contributions to 1% of the Planet and other organizations (like Save the Waves and Surfrider Foundation).

Looking for an additional sustainable screen protector? Pela offers one. The best part: if your screen cracks while wearing a case and the screen protector, they’ll cover the cost of your repairs up to $200. 

When you’re ready to upgrade your phone, you can either give your compost pile something to munch on, send it to a compost facility, or return it through the Pela 360 program.

Video Review:

Pela Phone Case Review – Watch on YouTube

Where to Buy

→ $53-60﹘pelacase.com or EarthHero.com

→ Read Our Full Review: Pela Phone Case Review


A Good Company

Best Sustainable Phone Case for iPhone 13 and Samsung S22


Price: $29-$35

Made In: Sweden

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Phone Sizes:  iPhone (12-13), Samsung (S22)

Pros & Cons

blog-pros-icon Compostable

blog-pros-icon Plenty of styles to choose from

blog-pros-icon Textured for improved grip

cons-icon Not many android options

When it comes to ethical phone cases, A Good Company provides the whole package. The phone cases are made with linseed and are compostable, minimizing your carbon footprint and closing the production loop. Plus, they’re textured for an improved grip to keep your phone safer.  

The linseed comes from an ecologically certified farm in Stockholm. From there, the materials travel to a family-owned factory to make linseed pellets. Then, they mold the cases at a second factory (which runs on solar power in the summer). The final stop is a print shop that uses organic plants. Compared to other phone case brands, A Good Company is extremely transparent about its production and supply chain. 

Who said paintings are only for walls? If you like the oil on canvas vibe, their artist collections have plenty of fun options. Or, if you prefer a conversation starter, try this one of monkeys stealing a banana.   

Aside from showing some personality, your purchase also supports global sustainability initiatives. For every phone case purchased, 4% goes to A Good Foundation. They also use Cradle to Cradle certified Stone Paper packaging, as opposed to plastic. 

Time to trade in your old case? Their circularity program A Good Loop allows you to trade in your case for a discount on the next.

Where to Buy

→ $53-60﹘Agood.com

→ Read Review: A Good Company’s Phone Case Review

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Minimalist Phone Case


Price: $43

Made In: N/A






Phone Sizes:  iPhone (6-11; SE), Samsung (8-10); Huawei P20

Pros & Cons

blog-pros-icon Made with sustainable cork

blog-pros-icon 4-year warranty

blog-pros-icon Slim profile

cons-icon Not available for Google Phones

cons-icon Not compostable

After missing the train to work, the founder of 15:21 realized he wanted to make a change. He hoped to find a way to protect the planet, not exploit it. That’s where the concept for 15:21 was born.

15:21 phone cases are made from Portuguese cork trees, without the use of pesticides or irrigation. They also don’t have to cut down the trees for production.

Wineries are using more plastic corks or aluminum screw tops for their bottles, so demand for cork has gone down. This decrease in demand has led to deforestation of cork oak trees, so by creating new uses for cork, 15:21 has supported the survival of the cork forests

The 15:21 phone cases are slim and the cork makes for an interesting and enjoyable feel. While using the case we experienced no cracks or broken screens, it felt like there was potential given that the case doesn’t have a lip to it that extends beyond the screen itself. 

From our research, it’s not clear how 15:21’s supply chain works or where factories are located. However, by purchasing a cork phone case, you’re potentially helping to protect cork oaks from being cut down. 

As of right now, the company doesn’t have a return and recycle program. Natural cork is compostable, but the core of 15:21 cases is made of composite recycled glass, so you can’t toss this case in your soil and expect it to compost.  Processed cork often ends up in the landfill without a second life or use. However, cork products only take 3-10 years to biodegrade, while plastic decomposition takes anywhere from 20-1,000+ years.

Where to Buy

$43﹘1521store.com or $46 at howcork.com


Sustainable Phone Case with Fun Designs


Price: $55 – $65

Made In: Hong Kong, Los Angeles






Phone Sizes: iPhone (11-SE), Samsung Galaxy (S21-S22; Z), Google (Pixel 6)

Pros & Cons

blog-pros-icon Customizable cases

blog-pros-icon Compostable options 

blog-pros-icon Recycling program for any brand

cons-iconNot all cases are compostable

cons-icon Limited transparency with supply chain and labor practices

Founded with the intention to turn Instagram photos into phone cases, CASETiFY has evolved in the last seven years. Now, they provide a range of bright and playful colors and designs for iPhone, Samsung, and Google phones. From funky frosted swirls to checkered cowgirl boots, their designs are bold and memorable. They also still offer the option to customize your case, whether you want to add custom text or a favorite print.    

Their Crush Cases use Re/CASETiFY technology, giving a second life to old phone cases. They also have plant-based, compostable phones, which customers can either send to a facility or return for a store credit. Even better: you can send in phone cases from any brand.

Without a list of suppliers or factories, it’s hard to say where CASETiFY lands in terms of labor practices. Safe to say we will keep you posted as we gather more information. 

Through your purchase, you can support artists or causes, depending on the collection. At CASETiFY, every compostable case also means one tree planted through The Canopy Project.

Where to Buy

→ $55-65﹘casetify.com

Go Nimble

Best Recycled Phone Case


Price: $25 – $27

Made In: China

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Phone Sizes:  iPhone (11-13)

Pros & Cons

blog-pros-icon Made from recycled plastic

blog-pros-icon 2-year warranty

cons-icon Limited design options

cons-icon Only available for iPhones

DVDs and CDs have been given a second life through Go Nimble. The now-obsolete electronics are made from polycarbonate, a substance that’s estimated to take one million years to decompose. Recycled polycarbonate is used to make Go Nimble phone cases, though it’s unclear what percentage of the phone is recycled or if there are any added plastics.   

If you prefer to show off the color of your iPhone, these cases have some clear options. They also offer a few designs with pastel colors and a marbled accent. 

With a list of suppliers, locations, and number of employees, Go Nimble practices a level of transparency about its supply chain. When it comes to labor practices, suppliers are asked to self-monitor and share information with the company. 

For shipping, the company uses recyclable packaging made from recycled paper. Every purchase comes with a free shipping label, so you can return for responsible recycling and get 15% off your next purchase. 

Along with giving CDs a new life, your purchase helps protect elephant lives. A percentage of sales goes to Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an elephant rescue organization.

Where to Buy

→ $55-65﹘gonimble.com, $25 at verizon.com, or $39 at target.com


Most Affordable Phone Case


Price: $35 – $179

Made In: N/A






Phone Sizes:  iPhone (6-8; 11-13), Samsung Galaxy (A12-A72; S20-S22) 

Pros & Cons

blog-pros-icon Great for Plastic-free; made from wheat straw

blog-pros-icon Budget-friendly

blog-pros-icon Discount for returning old case

cons-icon Slightly thicker compared to others

cons-icon Can’t compost at home

cons-icon Only available for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy

Made from wheat straw, Wave cases are plastic-free and compostable in an industrial facility. With everything from bright yellow to subdued gray, Wave is sure to have the color for you. They also offer smooth and etched cases, so you can pick depending on your preferred look and feel. 

Want to represent your love for protecting sea turtles? There’s an etched case for that. Designs include daisies, hearts, clouds, mushrooms, and more. After about two years of consistent use, the color starts to fade a bit. Some users also report the build to be a little too thick, but if you drop your phone more than average, the extra protection is a good option.  

Wave works with Climate Partner to calculate their carbon emissions. Using their calculations, they offset CO2 by supporting Plastic Bank and contributing to wind farms in the Philippines and Aruba. They also use 100% plastic-free mailers made with recycled cardboard. 

When it’s time to move onto a new phone, you have the option to either send it to a composting facility or return it to Wave. They’ll send you a 20% discount on your next case. 

As members of the Surfers Against Sewage 250 Club, they donate £250 a year to protect the ocean. However, as far as transparency goes, we couldn’t gather much information on the company’s supply chain or labor practices.

Where to Buy

→ $18﹘wavecase.co.uk


Made sustainably in the USA


Price: $52

Made In: Indiana, US






Phone Sizes:  iPhone (SE-6), Samsung Galaxy (S9-S22)  

Pros & Cons

blog-pros-icon Manufactured in the US

blog-pros-icon Wood sourced in the US

blog-pros-icon Supports women’s living wage

cons-icon Includes plastic

cons-icon Unclear how to recycle

cons-icon Only available for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy

If you enjoy nature, responsible sourcing, and supporting the living wages of women, Carved has you covered. These unique cases are made from wood burls—the gnarly growths on roots and trunks that almost look like warts. Ethically sourced and purchased directly from those who harvest them, Carved wood burls come from Northern California, Northern Oregon, and even locally in Indiana. Like the wood grain in your coffee table, every cut has a distinct pattern, creating truly one-of-a-kind cases.  

Prefer your phone’s side buttons to be clicky and tactile? These are made with hard plastic buttons. The cases are also made with thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), which is a blend of plastic and silicone. This rubber-like substance is said to give some extra shock absorption, but we haven’t had a chance to test its protection from falls yet. 

When you purchase a Carved case, you do more than support a local business; you support women in Thailand. Every case is shipped in a bag made by Braverly, a company that employs women with safe, well-paying jobs. 

You may not be able to toss this case in your compost bin, but TPU biodegrades in 3-5 years. It’s also recyclable, but we’re not sure where or how to recycle your whole phone case at the end of its life. From our research, it doesn’t look like Carved has a return/recycle program yet.

Where to Buy

→ $52﹘carved.com

Why Buy a Sustainable Phone Case

When the average user replaces their phone every 21 months, it’s fair to say that phone cases are adding to our overflowing landfills. More than one billion plastic phone cases are sold every year and most aren’t biodegradable. But don’t fret! That’s why we’ve put together this list of sustainable options. 

Where blended plastic takes 500 years to decompose, compostable phone cases take around 6 months at home (vs. about 12 weeks in an industrial facility). It’s not too late to opt for more environmentally-friendly phone case options. 

Whether you want to toss your phone into a compost pile at the end of its life or return it for proper disposal, we hope you’ll find a case that fits your values and needs.  

What To Do with Old Phone Cases

Before you throw your old phone case in the trash, here are some ideas to close the plastic phone case loop:

  1. Donate your old case to Goodwill or Plato’s Closet.
  2. Reuse as a handy tray surface or cord wrap. 
  3. Recycle through Terracycle, Pela 360, or CASETiFY 

Read more here

What Makes an Eco-Friendly or Sustainable Phone Case? 

From supply chains to raw materials, a number of factors contribute to every brand or product’s level of sustainability. We evaluated each across three variables: performance, people, and planet.

Performance (Product)


Since most of us have our phones on us all day, it’s important to find a look you love. We chose a variety of phone brands to make sure there’s a design for everyone, whether you prefer simplistic and clean or fun and artistic.

For Cory, he prefers a basic case, which you can find with Pela, 15:21, Wave, and more.  

If you’re like me (Karonica), you need something bright and eye-catching—so you don’t misplace your phone 14 times a day 🙈. Casetify’s bamboo cases have everything from fun florals to a cat eating ramen.    

A Good Company has done various collaborations with independent artists, which produces unique designs and of course, helps support their work. 


Based on personal experience and research, we evaluated each phone based on how long the product lasts and as well, whether or not the case was successful at doing its job (protecting the phone). 

In our first-hand experience with the cases, we paid special attention to any bumps, scuffs, or cracks picked up from day-to-day phone use, and likewise scoured reviews from other customers to see if they had any troubles. 

Standing behind their product’s durability, most brands offer a warranty of some sort, ranging from 6 months to 4 years, with 15:21 offering the longest warranty. Overall, our top picks for performance are Pela and A Good Company.

Phone Sizes

A sustainable phone won’t work for you if it doesn’t fit your phone 😅. When we assessed these products, we checked for a diversity of phones and sizes to make sure they’ll work for iPhones, Samsungs, and more.  Pela and CASETiFY offer the most phone sizes and brands, while Go Nimble only covers iPhones.

People (Ethics)


Measuring transparency is a matter of how hard/easy it is to find information on sourcing, production, and labor practices. Those higher on the sustainability spectrum lay out the production process and/or clarify the supply chain. 

Pela is pretty open about its production process. Right on the About page, they include a video that walks through how they produce their compostable phone cases.

Founder Anders Ankarlid at their Linseed Farms | Source: Agood Company

A Good Company shares a sneak peek of its supply chain, laying out four stops that the product goes through: 

  1. Farm
  2. Factory 1 
  3. Factory 2
  4. Print shop


It was challenging to uncover information on phone case laborers. Some companies share a few basics, some provide very little info. 

A Good Company is a good starting point. It includes an interactive map to show factory locations and a table showing the number of workers and hours of operation.

For each factory, they also include areas for improvement, including “meet labor representatives next time we go.”

Source: Agood Company

Most of the other brands on our list shared very limited information on the labor conditions in their supply chains. Of course, we jump to assume the cases are made in unethical means, but we do approach our reporting of those specific cases with a high degree of skepticism. 


To assess a company’s contribution, we look for charitable giving programs and whether a percentage of sales goes towards supporting the community.

Most of the brands contribute in some way. Throughout the year, Casetify puts collections together to contribute to causes ranging from mental health to LGBTQ empowerment.  

Source: Casetify

For Mental Health Awareness month, they donated $5 from every sale to Sad Girls Club, a community that works to diminish mental health stigma and uplift women of color. 

We put together an overview in case you want to choose a case based on a specific cause:

Pela1% of the Planet🌏Environmental solutions
A Good CompanyA Good Foundation🌍 Sustainability projects across the world
15:21N/A🌳 Survival of cork forests
CasetifyVaries🏳️‍🌈🧠🤝Read more about #CASETiFYCares
Go NimbleSheldrick Wildlife Trust🐘 Elephant rescue organization
WavePlastic Bank🌊 Fight against plastic pollution in the ocean
CarvedBraverly👭 Empower women in Thailand with safe, fair-paying jobs

Planet (Sustainability)


Good news! Five of the brands we reviewed offer plastic-free options. From our research, materially speaking, the Pela Case and A Good Mobile Case stand out as offering the most sustainable options. 

Go Nimble cases may not be plastic-free, but they are made with recycled plastic. Carved uses plastic but also leans on many other ethically sourced materials, including rubber and wood burls.

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Shipping and Packaging

For sustainable packaging, we looked at three characteristics:

  • Recyclable 
  • Compostable 
  • Carbon offsets

From our research, Pela appears to check all three boxes.

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Usually, we assess transportation along the supply chain, but we found limited information on phone case shipping.

End of Life/Circularity

We looked at three areas to determine a product’s end-of-life options: 

  • At-home composting 
  • Industrial composting 
  • Return + recycle/compost program 

Pela and A Good Company are tied for first, with CASETiFY following shortly after.

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Buy a Sustainable Phone Case, Buy Ensemble 

While sustainability exists on a spectrum, some brands are further along in their journey. If you want to protect your phone with a durable case—and keep its end of life from the landfill—we hope this review gives you a good starting point. 

Our aim is to make shopping for people and planet-friendly products easier. Before your next purchase, take a look at our other Buy Ensemble Reviews.

Note: we inform brands that product exchanges can not/do not influence our reviews. Wonder how we evaluate products? Here’s our review process.   

P.S. Did we miss anything? Send us a message or leave a comment below.


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Karonica Page

Karonica is a content writer focused on helping purpose-driven and sustainable businesses connect with more people.


Karonica has written blogs and scripts for everyone from food startups to nonprofits, to SAAS and e-commerce companies.

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