The 12 Best Eco-Friendly Phone Cases: Wood, Bamboo, Recycled, and Biodegradable

There’s never been a better selection of eco-friendly phone cases to protect your most-used piece of technology. Today, there are laser-engraved bamboo cases, covers made from recycled skateboards, and other styles made from sustainable cork, recycled plastic, and even bioplastic. And just because these covers are gentle on the Earth doesn’t mean they’re not tough enough to protect your phone. We selected 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.

When you see this selection, you’ll never want to go back to petrol-plastic cases again! So, whether you’re looking for the perfect wood phone case for your iPhone or a recycled case for your Samsung Galaxy, search no more! But just in case you need a little more convincing, here’s some additional intel on why sustainable phone cases are the best phone cases you can buy.

Here’s why it’s better 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)

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 we’re so against petrol-plastic phone cases. We think it’s time for anyone who’s buying a new phone case to only buy one made of Earth-friendly materials, don’t you?

What makes a phone case eco-friendly?

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

  • Made from natural, sustainable, and easily biodegradable materials, such as bamboo, cork, or sustainably-harvested wood
  • Made of biodegradable plastic or recycled plastic
  • Made of toxic-free materials
  • Comes with a carbon-neutral validation
  • Has environmental certifications

And with that, here are the best eco-friendly phone cases on the market:

WOOD PHONE CASES

1. Wood Phone Cases by Evutec®

Wood iPhone 7 Case by Evutec in Black Apricot

Evutec 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 fits: iPhone 5, 6, and 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S5 and S6

Prices at the time of this post: $5.99 – $34.95

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2. 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. We 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 fits: iPhone 5, 6, 6 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, and 8 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, S7, and S8

Prices at the time of this post: $19.00 – $39.00

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3. Wood Phone Cases by RaidFox

RaidFox uses U.S.-sourced, FSC certified hardwoods in their colorful, Earth-friendly smart phone cases. They use lasers to cut the wood and then finish each case by hand. A socially-conscious company, RaidFox donates a portion of their revenue to humanitarian and environmental nonprofits around the world.

RaidFox fits: iPhone 5, 6, 6 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S5 and S6

Price at the time of this post: $7.99 – $9.99
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4. Laser-Engraved Wood Phone Case by Sugar Yeti

Sugar Yeti’s philosophy is that we all need to get closer to nature. And for those times when you can’t be in nature, you should surround yourself with things from nature. This is one of the founding principles of why they make their phone cases from natural materials. Their unique, laser-engraved phone covers are made in Orange County in Southern California. They’re durable, yet have a slim and sleek low profile, so they don’t add a lot of bulk to your phone.

Sugar Yeti fits: iPhone 5, 6, and 6 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S5 and S6.

Prices at the time of this post: $11.95 – $24.95

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BIOPLASTIC PHONE CASES

5. Biodegradable Phone Case by Pela Case

Pela 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 6, 6 Plus, 7, and 7 Plus, 8, and 8 Plus

Prices at the time of this post: $19.98 – $35.00
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BAMBOO PHONE CASES

6. Sustainable Bamboo iPhone Cases by Reveal

Bamboo iPhone Case with Green Grip by RevealReveal was born out of founder Terry Omata’s love of nature and technology. After working in manufacturing in China for a decade, he experienced a crisis in his career, which he talked about in a conversation he had with UniGuide founder Kristen, which we share in the UniGuide blog. Terry knew there had to be a better way of designing products – one that revealed the beauty of nature, of sustainable materials, and a new way of looking at the world.

Reveal makes a variety of sustainable tech accessories, including wood and bamboo iPhone cases, iPad Mini cases, and a portable solar powered speaker that is accented with bamboo. As a company that is dedicated to stopping the destruction of the Earth’s natural ecosystems, Reveal plants a tree for every product they sell. To date, in conjunction with the nonprofit American Forests, they’ve helped plant over 40 million trees around the world.

Reveal fits: iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7.

Prices at the time of this post: $9.99 – $29.99
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7. Custom Bamboo iPhone Cases by I Make the Case

Laser Engraved with Lion Bamboo Phone Case by I Make the CaseI Make the Case creates a wide assortment of eco-friendly phone cases in laser-engraved bamboo, and they do custom designs as well. The offer so many designs that you’d be hard pressed not to find one that “speaks” to you.

According to I Make the Case, “Bamboo is revered as ‘eco-friendly’ because it’s fast-growing and can yield 20-times more wood than trees. Bamboo also releases 35% more oxygen into the air than trees of similar size. The Japanese expression wabi-sabi sums up the wonder of bamboo. It means, ‘There’s beauty in imperfection.’ We love that each bamboo skin has its own unique coloration, grain, and flow, and we value the opportunity to be connected to nature with these small treasures. We think it’s the perfect yin, to the high tech iPhone yang!”

On behalf of the UniGuide team, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Amen.

I Make the Case fits: iPhone 5, 6, 6 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, and 8 Plus

Prices at the time of this posts: $19.95 – $29.95
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8. Bamboo Phone Cases by Sugar Yeti

In addition to the wood phone covers mentioned above, Sugar Yeti makes artistic laser-engraved phone cases from Earth-friendly bamboo.  Sugar Yeti believes in the therapeutic power of nature, and they instill this philosophy into their sustainably-made phone cases.

Sugar Yeti fits: iPhone 5, 6, and 6 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S5 and S6.

Prices at the time of this post: $11.95 – $24.95
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CORK PHONE CASES

9. Sustainable Cork iPhone Cases by Reveal

Japanese Wave Painting Cork iPhone Case by RevealAnother material that sustainable products company Reveal uses in their phone covers is cork. Cork is a sustainable and renewable natural resource, as cork trees don’t have to be cut down to harvest their bark. Cork forests serve as important habitat for over 13,000 species of animals, plants, and insects, which are not found anywhere else. Like their bamboo phone covers, Reveal’s cork phone cases are ultra-durable and well-made. There are a variety of patterns in Reveal’s “cork leather” cases, from the Japanese wave shown above to hibiscus flowers and styles with a more unfinished, organic look. There’s also a folio style if you like to cover the screen of your phone.

Reveal fits: iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7.

Prices at the time of this post: $9.99 – $29.99
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10. Cork iPhone Cases by Trade in House

Trade in House brings cork chic to a whole new level. Offering a wide variety of products made with cork, they demonstrate that this superstar of sustainable materials has really come into its own. Be sure to check out their Etsy store to see the beautifully designed cork hats, shoes, and accessories they create.

Trade in House fits: iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 7, and 7 Plus, as well as some smaller phones

Prices at the time of this post: $28.70 – $59.50

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RECYCLED PHONE CASES

11. Recycled Skateboard Phone Case by Carved

Recycled Skateboard Phone Case
These recycled skateboard cases by Carved are definitely crowd favorites. The combination of recycled, super colorful, and skateboard roots make them a standout on the eco phone case scene.

Carved skateboard cases fit iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, and 9 Plus, and Pixel XL, and Samsung Galaxy S8

Price at the time of this post: $39.00
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12. Recycled Plastic Phone Cases by CSERA


Cases by CSERA offers a wide variety of artistically designed recycled phone cases. Their products are Etsy-verified handmade and CSERA’s owner hand illustrates every design herself. CSERA produces their recycled plastic phone covers in working conditions that are safe and healthy for their workers. The cases are made from 100% recycled, post-consumer PET certified plastic. The company also uses eco-friendly ink and they ship their cases in recycled packaging.

CSERA cases fits: iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, and 8 Plus

Prices at the time of this post: $16.37 – $19.10
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15 Cool Solar Powered Speakers

Couple Playing at the Beach with Portable Solar Powered Bluetooth Speaker by EtonWhether you’re hiking, camping, messing around at the beach, or just hanging in the yard with your friends and family, it’s great to have some tunes! Now, you can have music on the go without worrying about running out of battery power. In addition to being powered by the sun and delivering crisp, high-quality sound, many these solar powered speakers offer additional features like the ability to charge your cell phone, waterproof casings, and LED lights.

Solar Powered Speakers by Etón

Etón believes in harnessing nature’s energy to “power consumer products that keep people prepared, informed, entertained, and on-the-go.” A leader in portable speaker systems, Etón produces weather alert radios, backup battery packs, and a few models of really cool solar powered speakers.

1. Rugged Rukus Bluetooth Solar Powered Speaker with Phone Charger by Etón

This speaker packs a lot of power and sound for its size. The compact Rugged Rukus Bluetooth speaker weighs in at 1.6 pounds and measures just under 6″ deep by 6.5″ wide. It comes with mono crystalline solar panel and an internal lithium-ion battery that will charge your cell phone while it streams music.

Check out this video from Etón for more details:

  • Provides over 8 hours of listening time before the next charge
  • Full stereo sound
  • Water resistant
  • Measures 5.7″ x 6.5″ x 1.5″
  • Weighs 1.6 lbs.
  • Price at the time of this post: $61.85

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2. SolJam Solar-Powered Waterproof Speaker by ECOXGEAR

ECOXGEAR Solar Powered Waterproof Speaker

ECOXGEAR is all about getting outside, being on the move, and having a really good time while you’re doing it. They offer a variety of rugged, portable sound systems that are  “designed for whatever life throws at them.” This means the SolJam solar speaker is waterproof and begging you to take it to the beach, the lake, or on the river – even if it’s pouring rain outside. Did we mention that it floats? It’s one of the most rugged solar powered speakers available so if you’re active and outdoorsy, you’ll enjoy the SolJam. You can charge it with an AC adapter wall charger in about three hours – or you can  charge it with the sun.

  • Has a built-in lithium ion battery.
  • Offers 12+ hours of playing time on a full charge
  • Comes with a USB port to charge your cell phone
  • Measures: 6″ deep by 7″ wide by 4″ tall
  • Weighs: 1.5 lbs.
  • Price at the time of this post: $128.78

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3. MacroBoom Waterproof Bluetooth Solar Speaker by RoamProof

Waterproof Outdoor Solar Powered Bluetooth Speaker by MacroBoom

One of the toughest portable solar powered speakers available, the MacroBoom is virtually indestructible, as the video below will attest. Yet, it still delivers high-quality sound.  Not only is the MacroBoom waterproof, it’s also shockproof and dustproof. (Good enough for desert adventures, and that includes Burning Man.)

Here’s a video from MacroBoom that will give you a sense of just how tough this  little gadget is.

  • Provides 2-speaker surround sound
  • Has USB ports for charging your mobile devices
  • Comes with a 30-day money back guarantee and 1-year warranty
  • Measures: 3″ x 6.7″ x 3.2″
  • Weighs: 1.6 lbs.
  • Price at the time of this post:$179.00

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4. SOLARA Mobile App-Controlled Solar Powered Speaker with LED Light by Monster

Solar Powered Outdoor Speaker by Monster SOLARA

The Solara is a great speaker for both car camping and parties at home in the garden. It offers omni-directional sound. Plus, you can connect it wirelessly with other Solaras for a comprehensive audio experience for all your guests to enjoy. The convenience of the Monster Zone Control app is hard to beat: you can change the speaker’s settings from your phone. The Solara gets solid reviews from customers on its overall sound quality. It’s equipped with fun LED lights that come in a variety of bright colors, making it perfect for evening parties. And during the day, the solar charging panel prolongs its battery life between charges.

Here’s a video with more details:

  • 360° surround sound
  • Weather resistant for use outdoors as well as inside
  • Price at the time of this post: $199

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5. Solar Powered Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Bamboo Accents by Reveal

Solar Powered Speaker with Bamboo by Reveal

There are a number of cool solar powered speakers out there, but this is the only one we’ve found that’s accented with Earth-friendly bamboo. Designed by sustainable products company Reveal, this portable Bluetooth speaker offers great sound clarity and with eight hours of play time between charges. Set it in the sun for even longer play time. In addition to this cool solar speaker, Reveal makes a number of sustainable tech accessories, and they plant a tree for every product they sell.

  • Includes a lithium-ion battery that will play for  8-hours; and much longer if you charge it in the sun
  • Sustainable bamboo accents
  • Comes with a USB port to recharge your smart phones and other mobile devices while playing music
  • Has a 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Measures: 3.3″ x 8″ x 3.8″
  • Weighs: 13.4 oz.
  • Price at the time of this post: $79.99

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6. Portable Solar Bluetooth Speaker by Dreamix

Solar Bluetooth Speaker by DreamixThis portable Bluetooth speaker from Dreamix offers crisp sound when you’re on the trail or relaxing by a lake. Its silicone rubber casing comes in bright green, blue, or black and is designed for rugged, outdoor use. You can connect it instantly to any of your Bluetooth-enabled devices from up to 32 feet away. With 30 hours of playing time on a full charge, you can bring it on a day’s outing and play your music the whole time. On overnight trips, just put it in the sun to increase play time.

  • Provides over 30 hours of play time on a full charge; sit it in the sun for longer
  • Measures: 8″ x 3.5″ x 3.5″
  • Weighs: 1.4 lbs.
  • Price at the time of this post: $49.99

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7. Solar Bluetooth Speaker by Braven

Solar Bluetooth Speaker by Braven

This solar Bluetooth speaker from Raven gets great reviews from customers for its sound quality as well as its overall durability. It has an adjustable solar panel that can be folded down when not in use. It offers omni-directional sound and 30 hours of continuous play time between charges. And it can play almost indefinitely when charged by the sun.

Check out this video from Braven for more details:

  • Comes with an internal, noise-canceling microphone for hands-free phone calls
  • Measures: 4″ x 4.75″ x 9.75″
  • Weighs: ~1.4 lbs.
  • Price at the time of this post: $149

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8. Solar Powered Portable Bluetooth Speaker by MicroSolar

Portable Bluetooth Speaker by MicrosolarThis spherical, R2D2-looking speaker from MicroSolar definitely wins the cute category for solar powered speakers. Offering 10 hours of battery life between charges, it’s also waterproof, so perfect for the beach, lake, and pool parties. You can charge its lithium-ion battery in the sun or via its USB charger.

  • 8-10 hours of playing time fully charged
  • Waterproof
  • Measures: 10.2″ x 10.2″ x 6.7″
  • Weighs: 3 lbs.
  • Price at the time of this post: $199.99

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9.  Emergency AM/FM/SW NOAA Weather Alert Radio by Kaito

Emergency Solar-Power Crank Radio and Cell Phone Charger by KaitoWith climate change-related disasters on the rise, a solar-powered emergency radio has become a necessity. This emergency weather alert radio from Kaito packs a bunch of important features into is compact size. Charge it with a power outlet, the sun, or even your own muscle using its hand crank. It comes with a six-way powered portable emergency radio so you can get AM and FM coverage, as well as seven pre-programmed NOAA weather channels. Use it to charge your phone and other mobile devices. In addition to its audio features, it provides other safety features, including an LED reading lamp, flashlight, and a red S.O.S. light. It has a tough, water-resistant casing for when you’re out in the elements.

  • Measures: 5.75″ x 10.25″ x 3.25″
  • Weighs: 1.8 lbs.
  • Price at the time of this post: $55.00

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10. Rock Out 2 Solar Rechargeable Speaker by Goal Zero

Goal Zero Rock Out 2 Solar Power SpeakerGoal Zero has become an industry leader for solar-powered energy when you’re on the go. From portable power stations to panels to lighting and accessories, Goal Zero offers something solar for anyone who needs to be off-grid. Their Rock Out 2 solar speaker is true to its name – packing enough power to play your music loud when you just can’t have it any other way. It comes in a variety of cool colors, including blue, red, green, black, and camo.

Check out the video to get a sense of its sound:

  • Over 10 hours of stereo sound play time on a single charge; put it in the sun for longer play time
  • Measures: 7″ x 2.5″ x 3.8″
  • Weighs: 12 oz.
  • Price at the time of this post: $49.99

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11. Touch of Eco Solar-Powered Bluetooth Speaker

Portable Solar Powered-Bluetooth Speaker in BlueThis little speaker gets rave reviews for its sound quality, and at just under $25, it’s hard to beat its price. Connect it to any Bluetooth-enabled device to stream your music wirelessly wherever you go. It’s available in three colors: red, blue, or white, and comes with a carabiner clip for easy transport.

  • Offers 4 hours of play time between charges
  • Charge it via USB or the sun
  • Water resistant
  • Measures: 5.6″ x 1.9″ x 2.8″
  • Weighs: 7.4 oz.
  • Price at the time of this post: $24.99

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12. Portable Solar Power Wireless Bluetooth Speaker by Renogy

Portable Wireless Solar Powered Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker by Renogy

Renogy offers a variety of highly-rated portable generators and solar chargers, and their compact solar powered Bluetooth speaker doesn’t disappoint. It offers great audio quality with three playing modes depending on your environment.

Check out this video for more info:

  • Easily connect with any Bluetooth-enabled device
  • Offers 4 hours of play time at high volume; more if you put it in the sun
  • Measures: 5.9″ x 5.9″ x 1.7″
  • Weighs: 1.4 lbs.
  • Price at the time of this post: $134.99

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13. Waterproof Bluetooth Solar Speaker by Peak Wireless Audio

Waterproof Solar Bluetooth Speaker by Peak WirelessPeak Wireless Audio provides its own version of the silicone-covered, compact Bluetooth-enabled speaker. Put in the sun for just 10 minutes and you’ll get over 25 minutes of play time. Weighing just over one pound and boasting 30-hours of play time on a full charge, this compact solar speaker is the perfect companion for back country trips.

  • Comes with a money-back guarantee
  • Measures: 8″ x 3.5″ x 3.5″
  • Weighs: 1.4 lbs.
  • Price at the time of this post: $49.99

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14. Solar-Powered Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker by Youmoon

Small Waterproof Solar Powered Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker by YoumoonAnother powerful speaker in a small package, this model from Youmoon charges quickly and will play music for six hours between charges. You can also use it for long, hands-free phone calls. It’s tough, dust-proof, and water resistant. The stainless steel bracket can be used as a stand or a hanger.

  • Connect with any Bluetooth-enabled device within 30 feet
  • Crystal clear sound quality with strong bass tones
  • Measures: 5.8″ x 6″ x 2.3″
  • Weighs: 11.2 oz.
  • Price at the time of this post: $19.99

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15. Mini Solar Bluetooth Speaker with MP3 Player

Mini Solar Bluetooth Speaker with MP3 Player and Carabiner in BlueConnect this mini solar speaker to any Bluetooth-enabled device within 33 feet and be prepared to be impressed with its crisp, clear sound. It’s waterproof, with a rubberized, slip-free grip – perfect for those of us who must sing in the shower. Hang it anywhere with its carabiner key chain.

  • Waterproof
  • Measures: 4″ x 3″ x 1.8″
  • Price at the time of this post: $14.88

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