Top 10 eco / green iPhone Covers / Cases.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 30, 2009
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Until we actually reviewing these products, I can’t recommend any of the below (except for number 10). I’m just going to have to list them, and let this be a resource for you eco-minded iPhoners out there. If you get or have one of the below, let us know how it works!

1. The iTube. (pictured at top). This one looks cool. Supercool. And it’s super-eco, given that it’s made of reused materials. But…you gotta take it outta the case, which isn’t super-convenient. We Americans like our cake (convenient) and to eat it, too (green). Not one or the other.

“i-tube is a fancy cover for your iPhone- / iPod and is made, like all our products, out of a used bicycle tubes. The inside has an elastic micro fibre to get the iPhone / iPod easily in and out, to protect the screen and keep it clean. i-tube’s are manufactured in cooperation with a sewing studio. They are resistant, handmade … your gadget fits in any pocket even with the i-tube protection. Size: 6.5 x 11.5 x 1.0cm”

iphone gym eco green workout running case2. The Armpocket. This one’s for working out, for the gym, for runners and other fitness enthusiasts. Not for everyday use. “…Sport 20 made by Armpocket ($30) was eco-friendly, made of bamboo and 100 percent recycled PET fabric (which is made from discarded plastic water bottles)…”

solar iphone case green eco3. Solar iPhone Case from Solar Arcadia. Yah, it’s solar. But it’s bulky looking, and made out of leather—which unless reused or vintage ain’t exactly the obvious eco choice. Oh, and it’s nerd-geek cubicle-friendly ugly. Still, innovative thinking—you can talk for-nearly-ever on this thing, great for travelers. $45.90. Here’s another, just like it, just as solar-cool, just as leather-ugly.

iphone green eco case4. Cut a milk jug up DIY project via Planet GreenThis one’s super-green, being made of reused materials—and if you’re into sticking rubber-banded bits of plastic on your belt, you’re clearly an eco virgin, in which case you should stop reading this now and get thee to a brothel.

5. Green Guru/Ecologic Designs, one of my personal fave companies, is coming out with one. They’re currently in development, and looking for feedback on design, materials.

iphone hemp6. SUN YELLOW 100% Organic Hemp iPod/iPhone Case. “No petroleum.” This thing looks cute, but probably scratches everything, and you gotta take it outta the case to use it.

iphone case green eco7. Incipio ECOcase for iPhone 3G, 3G S (Canvas). Only $13 bucks!

iphone eco green case recycled plastic bottles8. Maybe my fave so far, other than #10. Agent18 EcoShield Case for iPhone 3G, 3G S (Black) $21, not bad. Convenient to use. Positive reviews. No info on the plastic being made of recycled plastic bottles, would love to learn more about that before committing.

9. Uh…can’t find any more…you all know of something I’ve missed? Lemme know in Comments, below, and I’ll add it in.

iphone naked10. Nothing. Naked. Leave the beautiful, sleek, sensuous design be. The greenest, ecoest thing of all is to buy nothing—just don’t drop it, or you’ll spend some green and create a whole new product, which has to get made just for you and your clumsy ass self.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


5 Responses to “Top 10 eco / green iPhone Covers / Cases.”

  1. scd says:

    InCase has an eco case made with 40% preconsumer recycled bamboo

  2. […] So you gave into peer pressure and nabbed yourself that ubiquitous geek totem, an iPhone. Well now you can cleanse your sin of conspicuous consumption by cladding that sleek device in a dowdy or bizarre but very environmentally friendly case made of recycled or repurposed material. I give you not one but TWO lists of eco-friendly iPhone cases as provided by Greenlist and […]

  3. Via FB:
    Isn't an 'Eco' iPhone case kind of akin to making a cozy holster for a whale harpoon?

    “Scientific tests, arranged by Greenpeace, reveal that Apple's iPhone contains hazardous chemicals. The tests uncovered two types of hazardous substances, some of which have already been eliminated by other mobile phone makers. An independent scientific … See Morelaboratory tested 18 internal and external components of the iPhone and confirmed the presence of brominated compounds in half the samples, including in the phone's antenna, in which they made up 10 percent of the total weight of the flexible circuit board. A mixture of toxic phthalates was found to make up 1.5 percent of the plastic (PVC) coating of the headphone cables.”

    Waylon Lewis
    Great comment! Add it to the post itself! I would still say that an eco-responsible case is better than an eco-unresponsible case. The fact that Apple's iPhone's are nasty stuff, environmentally-speaking, doesn't change the fact that lots of people are buying 'em, and buying cases for 'em. Still, your info is great and reminds us that iPhones, and most cell phones, are all horrible for the ecosystem upon which we all depend.

  4. Asha says:

    @ Guest
    To say that reviewing environmentally friendly iphone case options is in any way encouraging people to buy an iphone is quite ridiculous. I am quite sure that no one considering an iphone has included ‘availability of eco-friendly cases’ in their pro/con list. That is no reason however not to make eco conscious choices once purchasing one. Just because you purchase a car does not mean you have to throw all environmental consideration out the window – one can still ride their bike or use public transport if/when available. It is this kind of black and white thinking that has so many reluctant to make ethical choices – because whats the point right? If you breath oxygen, therefor expelling carbon dioxide your contributing to global warming.

  5. Window 7 says:

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