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30 Cool Phone Cases: Eco-Friendly, Wood, Bamboo, Recycled & Vegan!

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Eco-Friendly Phone Cases: Wood, Bamboo, Recycled, Sustainable, Biodegradable, VeganThere’s never been a better selection of cool phone cases to protect your most-used piece of technology. What makes a phone case especially cool? Not only does it look good while protecting your phone, it also does its part to lessen its impact on the Earth. Today, there’s a wide variety of cool phone cases made with eco-friendly materials, such as laser-engraved bamboo, recycled skateboards and recycled ocean plastic, sustainable cork, and even 100 percent biodegradable and compostable bioplastic. There’s really never been a better time to ditch the plastic and leather forever.

Gentle on the Earth, but Tough Enough to Protect Your Phone
It’s important to note that just because these phone cases are gentle on the Earth doesn’t mean they’re not tough enough to protect your phone. I looked for the best mobile phone cases available based on their combination of innovative Earth-friendly materials, creative and unique designs, and their reputations for being durable enough to protect your phone.

If you’d like to go directly to the eco phone cases made with a specific material, just click on the jump links below. But I invite you to read through this post to learn more about why getting a phone case made with sustainable materials is so important.

Compostable Phone Cases

Wood Phone Cases

Vegan Phone Cases

Bamboo Phone Cases

Cork Phone Cases

Recycled Phone Cases

Upcycled Phone Cases

 

Why it’s cool to get a phone case made of sustainable materials:

  • 5 billion is the number of cell phone users around the globe. (Statista)
  • 22 months is the average time people keep their cell phones before getting a new one. (Business Insider)
  • 1 billion mobile phones are bought every year. (The Guardian)

Pile of Used Cell Phones

At this rate, if everyone buys a new case when they upgrade their phone, and they throw their old case away, that’s a heck of a lot of phone cases going into the landfill or the ocean year after year. This is why I try to avoid as much petrol-based plastic as possible.

What makes a phone case eco-friendly?

If you’re in the market for a new cell phone case, here are some things to look for. The phone cases in this post all have at least one of these qualifications.

First, it’s made with:

  • Natural, sustainable, and easily biodegradable materials, such as bamboo, cork, or sustainably-harvested wood
  • Biodegradable plastic or recycled plastic
  • Other non-toxic materials (glues, adhesives, lining)

Second, and ideally, it comes with:

  • Carbon-neutral validation
  • Environmental certifications

With that, below are the coolest, eco-friendly phone cases on the market today.

 

COMPOSTABLE PHONE CASES

1. Pela Case Biodegradable Phone Cases

Pela Biodegradable and Compostable Phone CasesPela Case founder, Jeremy Lang, was raised in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, where most the global supply of oil seed flax is grown. Watching many seasons of the flax harvest, he believed there should be some sort of consumer use for the leftover flax straw once the flax oil was harvested. And being someone who cared about the environment, he was aware of the tremendous waste problem that our species needs to address.

He also found it odd that the average person replaces their smart phone every 22 months, yet the conventional plastic phone case used to protect the phone would last for hundreds of years. Making the connection, he developed a biodegradable and compostable material based on leftover flax straw, which he named FlaxsticTM, and the Pela Case was born. In addition to making their bioplastic phone cases, Pela Case gives back by donating at least 1% of their sales to environmental nonprofits through 1% for the Planet.

Here’s a cool video from Pela that shows you just what goes into their sustainable and biodegradable phone cases:

Pela Case fits:

iPhone 11 Pro Max, Pro, iPhone 11, iPhone X, XS, XR, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6 Plus, 6, 6, 6s, and 5

Samsung Galaxy S9+, S9, S8+, S8, S7 Edge, and S7

Google Pixel 2XL and 2

Huawei P20 Lite

Price: ~$19.98 – $35.00

Buy now at Pela

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2. Wilma Compostable Phone Cases

Wilma Compostable Phone CasesWilma is a new brand on the scene that also makes 100% compostable and biodegradable phone cases. Their bioplastic cases have been certified as biodegradable by the European Standard EN 13432, which means the material will disintegrate after 12 weeks and will completely biodegrade after six months, without leaving any kind of toxic residue.

Wilma fits: iPhone 11, 11 Pro, iPhone X, XS, XR, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6 Plus, 6, 6, and 6s

Price: ~$31.49

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WOOD PHONE CASES

3. Wood Phone Cases by Evutec

Wood iPhone 7 Case by Evutec in Black ApricotEvutec produces Earth-friendly cases made from wood and bamboo that is certified as harvested from responsibly managed forests by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) Chain of Custody Standard. These FSC certified cases come in a variety of woods, such as white ash and ebony. They fit a range of cell phones, including the Samsung Galaxy and iPhone. Evutec’s cases are made from a blend of organic materials that are woven together with wood veneer to create a strong case that is resistant to warping from heat and moisture.

You may be wondering how well these sleek wood cases will protect your phone. You can see for yourself in this video:

Evutec Wood Series fits:

iPhone 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6 Plus, 6, 6s, and 5

Samsung Galaxy S7, S6, and S5

Price:~ $5.99 – $34.95

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4. Wood Phone Cases by Carved

Carved offers such a wide variety of colors and styles of wood phone cases that you’ll have a hard time choosing just one. I reached out to Carved to find out where they source the wood for their cases and they told us they always look for wood that is responsibly harvested. They also source reclaimed wood from old structures and from locally downed trees after storms. Based in Elkhart, Indiana, the Carved team puts their love of technology and craftsmanship into every case they make.

Here’s a video featuring John Webber, the founder of Carved, and his team at their workshop:

Carved wood phone cases fit:

iPhone 11 Pro Max, Pro, iPhone 11, iPhone X, XS, XR, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6 Plus, 6, 6, 6s, and 5

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus,S10, S10e, Galaxy Note 9, S9 Plus, S9, Note 8, S8 Plus, S8

Google Pixel 3a XL, 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 2 XL, and Pixel 2

Huawei P30 Pro, Huawei P30, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20, Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei P20

Price: ~$19.00 – $39.00

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5. Wood Phone Case in Walnut Burl by Carved

Wood Phone Case in Walnut Burl by Carved

Carved creates so many beautiful, cool wood phone cases that they make it hard to choose. So, I had to include one more design in this post. This wood phone case is hand-carved with real walnut burl. Carved will make your case to order from their woodshop in Elkhart, Indiana.

Carved’s walnut burl phone case fits:

iPhone XS Max, XS, XR, X, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6 Plus, 6, and 6s

Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, S9+, S9, S8+, S8, S7 Edge, and S7

Google Pixel XL, 2XL, and 2

Price:~ $32.00
Buy on Etsy

 

6. Wood Phone Cases by The Eco Owl

Wood Phone Case by the Eco Owl

Based in Dublin, Ireland, The Eco Owl makes some truly unique eco-friendly phone cases. In addition to their laser-cut wood cases, they make natural aromatic cases, which you can see in the Vegan Phone Cases section below.

The Eco Owl’s wooden phone cases fit:

iPhone XS Max, XS, XR, X, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6 Plus, 6, and 6s

Samsung Galaxy S10, S9+, S9, S8+, S8, S7 Edge, and S7

Google Pixel XL, 2XL, and 2

Huawei Mate 20,Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei P20, Huawei P20 Lite

Price: ~$17.79 – $32.01
Buy on Etsy

 

7. Socially Conscious Wood Phone Cases by Ottos Case

Otto Case Wood Phone Case

Otto Cases creates ornate, customized phone cases in bamboo, rose wood, cherry wood, and other woods. There’s a design for everyone, and it’s fun to check out their Etsy shop just to see the variety. Otto Case donates 10% of sales to charities.

Fits:

iPhone XS Max, XS, XR, X, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6 Plus, 6, and 6s

Samsung Galaxy S10+, S10, S9+, S9, S8+, S8, S7 Edge, S7, Samsung Note 9, 89

Price: ~$29.00
Buy on Etsy

 

8. Laser-Engraved Wood Phone Case by Wdpkr

Laser-Engraved Wood Phone Case with Wave Motif

Wdpkr puts a slight spin on the wooden phone case. They cover the wood in a black coating, and then laser-engrave a design that reveal the natural wood underneath. Each piece is unique. Their philosophy: “Be bold and showcase your inner beauty.”

Fits: iPhone 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6 Plus, and 6

Price: ~$26.95

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9. Laser Engraved Wood Phone Cases by Cutly

Laser-Engraved Tropical Flower Wooden Phone Case by CutlyCutly is another designer that laser engraves artwork onto wooden phone cases. They offer an array of designs and patterns, including geometric, floral, animals, and abstract. Check out their Etsy store to see them all.

iPhone X, XS, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6 Plus, 6, 6, 6s, and 5

Samsung Galaxy S9+, S9, S8+, S8, S7 Edge, S7, and S6

Google Pixel 2XL and 2

Price: ~$23.71 – $33.88
Buy on Etsy

 

10. Studio-eQ Laser-Cut Wood iPhone Cases

Studio-eQ Laser-Cut Wood iPhone Cases

Studio eQ laser cuts unusual iPhone cases in a variety of woods, including mahogany, maple, teak, walnut, and zebrawood. They also engrave designs in bamboo. Visit their Etsy store to see their wide variety of designs.

iPhone X, XS, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6 Plus, 6, 6, 6s, and 5

Price: ~$29.00 – $40.00
Buy on Etsy

 

11. Socially Conscious Laser-Engraved Wooden Phone Cases by Otto Cases

Customer Laser-Engraved Phone Cases by Otto Cases

Otto Cases donates 10% of the proceeds from their laser-engraved phone cases to charity. In addition to bamboo, they engrave on rose wood, cherry, and walnut. Plus, they’ll do custom order – just send them a photo or other design via their Etsy store.

Fits:

iPhone XS Max, XS, XR, X, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6 Plus, 6, and 6s

Samsung Galaxy S10+, S10, S9+, S9, S8+, S8, S7 Edge, S7, Samsung Note 9, 8

Price: ~$17.99 – $29.99
Buy on Etsy

 

12. Custom Laser-Engraved Photo on an iPhone Case

Custom Laser-Engraved from a Photo Phone CaseFor another laser-engraved phone case that’s truly your own, Manual Paradise will laser-engrave a design for you from a photo on to a cherry wood case.

Fits:

iPhone XS Max, XS, iPhone XR, iPhone X, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6 Plus, 6, and 6

Price: ~$19.90 – $27.90
Buy on Etsy

 

13. Cool Laser-Engraved Wooden Phone Cases by Engraver’s Dungeon

Laser-Engraved Wood Phone Cases by Engraver's DungeonThen there is Engraver’s Dungeon. Located in Valencia, Spain, husband and wife team Diego and Camelia, create some very cool and truly unique – if a little scary – cell phone covers. I must say, with all the phone case research I’ve done, I have never seen anything quite like this. Engraver’s Dungeon also does custom orders.

So, for all you Goths, Alien, Predator, and Creature from the Black Lagoon fans out there, be sure to visit their Etsy store to see them all. Warning: It’s not for the feint hearted.

Here’s a cool video from Engraver’s Dungeon:

These cases fit:

iPhone X, XS, XR, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6 Plus, 6, 6, 6s, and 5

Samsung Galaxy S9+, S9, S8+, S8, S7 Edge, S7, S6, Samsung Note 9, and 8

Price: ~$39.99
Buy on Etsy

 

VEGAN PHONE CASES

Technically, all of the phone cases on UniGuide are vegan because everything on UniGuide is vegan. And none of these phone cases have leather or other animal products in them. But, aside from the Pela Case above, these next few phone cases are truly “plant based”, so I included them here.

14. Phone Sleeve Made from Woven Grass by Autumn Grain

Biodegradable Phone Made from Woven GrassAutumn Grain is another cool phone case designer I found that is creating something truly unique. This eco-friendly phone sleeve is made with a woven grass and it has a vegan cotton lining. Autumn Grain will personalize your case with your name or initials (and that’s a faux leather square on the corner.)

Fits: All size phone cases. Made to order.

Price: ~$29.00
Buy on Etsy

 

15. Biodegradable Phone Case Made from Woven Palm Leaves

 Biodegradable Phone Case Made with Woven Palm LeavesAnother beautiful design by Autumn Grain, this eco-friendly phone sleeve is made with woven palm leaves and it has a cotton lining.

Fits: All size phone cases. Made to order.

Price: ~$29.00
Buy on Etsy

 

16. Aromatic Coffee Bean Phone Case by The Eco Owl

Aromatic Coffee Bean Phone Case

Yes, those are real coffee beans. And yes, this phone case smells like coffee. The Eco Owl takes hand-picked sustainable organic materials and encases them in a polyurethane cover. Check out The Eco Owl’s Etsy store to see more of their unique designs.

This phone case fits:

iPhone X, XS, XR, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6 Plus, 6, 6, 6s, and 5

Samsung Galaxy S9+, S9, S8+, S8, S7 Edge, and S7

Huawei Mate 20,Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei P20, Huawei P20 Lite

Price: ~$41.49
Buy on Etsy

 

17. Eco Phone Case Made with Austrian Alpine Hay

https://www.etsy.com/listing/640904979/alpine-hay-iphone-case-organic-samsung

And yes, that is real hay, and this phone case smells like hay! Hay from the Austrian Alps, to be specific. Another truly unique design by The Eco Owl, this vegan phone case is made with hand-picked Alpine grass and encased in a water-resistant polyurethane cover.

This phone case fits:

iPhone X, XS, XR, 8 Plus, 8, 7 Plus, 7, 6 Plus, 6, 6, 6s, and 5

Samsung Galaxy S9+, S9, S8+, S8, S7 Edge, and S7

Price: ~$41.49
Buy on Etsy

 

BAMBOO PHONE CASES

18. Sustainable Bamboo Cell Phone Cases by Reveal