The Best Eco-Friendly Phone Cases in 2020

While we’re eagerly awaiting the first truly eco-friendly phone (seriously, phone manufacturers need to get on that), we’re busy searching for other ways we can do our bit for the environment.

Let’s dive right into it:

What are the best eco-friendly phone cases?

The ultimate winner needs to fulfil the following conditions:

  • Made with sustainable or recycled materials.
  • Prolongs the life of your phone and keeps it out of the landfill for longer.
  • Can be reused and resold.
  • Is biodegradable.
  • Looks hella good.

And it’ll need to be available in the UK too.

Let’s have a look at the contenders:

Biodegradable Pela Case from the Eco Series

The most famous eco iPhone plus case around. Pela makes this ocean turquoise beauty from 100% compostable, biodegradable materials. It’s scratch-resistant, drop-absorbant and, most importantly, plastic-free.

The perfect biodegradable phone case for the zero-waste lifestyle.

We love it because: on top of everything, it’s delivered in plastic-free packaging! Pela has an amazing concept, check our product page of their biodegradable phone case to know more about them.

Available for:
iPhone 11, 11 Pro Max, 6, 6s, 7, 8, X, XS Max, XR,
Samsung S10, S9, S9+
Google Pixel 4, 4XL

Vibrant Biodegradable iPhone cases, by Wave (Currently on my phone)

The Wave biodegradable phone case is what you get when 3 friends and ocean lovers from Northern England decide to team up to bring something positive into the world. Their iPhone cases are made of wheat straw and are 100% biodegradable. Plus they do an amazing job at protecting your phone (tested and approved).

We love it because: the phone case is available in 7 vibrant colours and it will fit your iPhone like a glove! And if you are using AirPods, check out their colour-matching AirPods cases, they look great!

Available for:
All iPhones from 6 to 11 PRO MAX

Phone Case made of fishing nets, by POPSICASE

Would you like to have a piece of the Mediterranean Sea in your hand? Then, thus POPSICASE phone case is made just for you. It is made from abandoned fishing nets and scrap aluminium which contributes to reducing the waste in our seas. That’s not all, they can be recycled again.

These beautiful 100% recycled phone cases are inspired by the colours, nuances, smells, and sensations that the Mediterranean Sea transmits to us. A real piece of Art!

And did you notice the handle? A revolutionary innovation that will make you feel more comfortable while taking selfies and recording your favourite songs in a concert.

We love it because: of its amazing design and colours, plus they compensate for the carbon emissions of shipping and offset their carbon footprint with Project CeroCO. And don’t forget the original handle.

Available for:
All iPhones from 6 to 11 PRO MAX

Phone Cases made of real pressed coffee, by MMOREcases

How many awesome iPhone cases have you seen… and smelt? This coffee iPhone case from MMOREcases (yes! the same brand as the wooden cases above) is handmade with organic Arabica coffee beans that smell sooooo good. It can be made to fit lots of iPhone, Samsung and HUAWEI phones. Fair warning, people will be sniffing it constantly.

We love it because: the unfortunately necessary plastic that holds those amazing coffee beans in place is entirely recyclable!

Available for:
All iPhones from 5 to 11 PRO MAX
All Samsung Galaxy S Series (S6 to S10+)
Huawei P20 (and Lite), Mate 20 (and Pro), P30 (Lite/PRO)

The go-to phone case for ocean lovers, by Ocean75

Your motto is “The ocean is my home”? Ours too… That’s why we love the recycled phone cases by Ocean75! They do an amazing job in turning harmful plastics from the ocean into stunning iPhone cases. Plus, these cases and the packaging they come into are fully recyclable… And once you want to replace your Ocean75 phone case, you can just send it to them and they’ll make a new case out of it.

We love it because: they don’t stop there. 5% of the price you pay for the case will be donated to the ocean conservation charity of your choice.

Available for:
iPhone X, XS, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max

Kwmobile Cork Phone Cover: biodegradable and beautiful

Everybody needs a phone cover, and cork acts as an amazing defense from shattering and damage. It can still be wirelessly charged through! This company also offers 3 different designs, all of which look incredible! Plus, the cork cutout fits the phone perfectly, you no longer have to deal with buttons not reacting when you push them.

Cork is completely sustainable due to the fact it biodegrades surprisingly quick; yet it will stay in great shape in your hand because it isn’t exposed to environments like dirt, water, etc.

Why We Love It: This eco-friendly phone case makes us feel like nomads, and fits perfectly in our hands!

Available for:

  • Samsung Galaxy All Series S Models from S5 to S10, A3, A7, J5, A50
  • iPhone: All Models from 5 to 11 Plus Max
  • Pixel: All models from 2 to 4 XL
  • Huawei P9, P10, P Smart, P20 (and P20 Lite), P30, Mate 20, Y6 (2019)
  • Motorola Moto G5, G6
  • Xiaomi Mi 6x, Mi A2, Redmi Note 7
  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, X Compact, XA2, Z5
  • OnePlus 3, 5T, 6T
  • LG G4

Do you like cork? Have a look at cork leather, it’s an awesome material!

Biodegradable iPhone Cover made of Wheat Straw, by Eplanita

Wheat straw… just the waste after the harvest of wheat grains, right? Well no, it doesn’t have to be! Wheat straw is a great compostable option for disposable products. And once mixed with recyclable TPU, it offers a sturdy material for biodegradable phone cases! The case has been tested for shock absorption and offers great results, especially for the size of it. When you buy this case you have literally nothing to worry about. Why? Eplanita offers a 12-month warranty! Note that the case is compostable but we recommend a commercial compost…

Why We Love It: It has the sleek design of a plastic case yet is completely eco-friendly!

Available for:
Iphone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, 7, 8, X, XS, XS Max, XR
Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus

Eco Tribal Wood Phone Case, by MMOREcases


MMOREcases make phone cases for Samsung, iPhone and HUAWEI phone models from gloriously natural carved wooden pieces. Encased in 100% recyclable PU plastic for strength, we love the handmade designs! These tribal markings ward off bad spam text messages.

We love it because: no two wooden phone cases are the same, thanks to the natural variations in wood grains and patterns.

Available for:
All iPhones from 5 to 11 PRO MAX
All Samsung Galaxy S Series (S6 to S10+)
Huawei P20 (and Lite), Mate 20 (and Pro), P30 (Lite/PRO)

The Essential Bamboo Phone Case, by Otto

The British mantra that’s carried us through endless rainy summers, 13 world cups since we last brought it home, and The Great British Bake-Off moving to Channel 4. Now it’s on cool phone cases. Thanks, Otto!

But Otto didn’t stop here many amazing designs are available in their Etsy shop..

We love it because: bamboo is great for the environment, releasing 30% more O2 than most trees and plants. We should encourage sustainable bamboo growth!

Available for:
iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max

Eco-friendly Phone Case made of Cork with Japanese Design, by Reveal


This iPhone XS Max case has a beautiful Japanese print design on the cork phone case back! Cork is a super material. It’s 100% sustainable and harvesting it doesn’t destroy or damage the tree. It just grows right back.

We love it because: cork is lightweight, shock-proof and water resistant. An ideal iPhone XS Max phone case material.

Available for:
iPhone 11, Pro, Pro Max

Cute Bamboo Cases, by iMakeTheCase


This bamboo wood case is utterly adorable. We love it. You’ll love it. The environment loves that it’s a biodegradable phone case  too. Engrave your initials alongside your partners into the lovers tree heart symbol engraved on the back.

We love it because: the iMakeTheCase Etsy store proves that cute phone cases for many models and don’t have to be coated in a plastic glitter nightmare! The also have tons of other designs to chose from.

Available for:
All iPhones from 6 to 11

Vibrant biodegradable phone case made of wheat straw, by Kalibri


The Kalibri phone case may look like it isn’t eco-friendly, but don’t be fooled. It is 100% eco-friendly as it’s made of compostable wheat straw and recyclable TPU. Matte finish, fingerprints-proof, raised bezel edges for the camera… we love it!

We love it because: The team behind Kalibri is made up of design lovers. So you can make sure the phone case will fit your phone like a glove.

Available for:
iPhone 6, 6S, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, 11 Pro Max
Huawei P30 Lite
Samsung Galaxy S10e, A20e, A40

EcoQuote’s Cork Phone Cases Waiting for Customisation!

EcoQuote’s case is a blank canvas waiting for you to doodle all over it. It’s a pure cork beauty, showing off the natural colours and designs of cork. Plus it has free delivery all the way from Kuala Lumpur!

We love it because: it’s vegan friendly baby! But it hates fungi. Literally. This cork S9 Plus phone case is fungus resistant.

Available for:
All iPhones from 6 to 11

Recycled Phone Cases made of Skateboard Wood, by Skate4create

These awesome phone cases fit nearly all iPhone models, but Skate4create do custom orders too. For those obscure phone sizes, message them on Etsy to see if they can help. Everyone should have the opportunity to go eco.

We love it because: a recycled phone case has never looked so edgy and cool, with wood sourced from abandoned and broken skateboards.

Available for:
All iPhones and Samsungs from 6 to 20 ULTRA

A Simple & Classy Wooden Phone Case, by KWMobile


KWMobile is not only doing cork phone cases, they also have beautiful wood cases. Simple, yet classy, the case is available in 3 colors according to the wood you pick: bamboo, walnut or rosewood.

We love it because: a wooden touch makes everything nicer, and phone covers are no exception. Plus, every wooden phone case is one of a kind thanks to the wood grain variations.

Available for:
All iPhones from 5 to X, XS.

Najture: 100% Compostable Phone Case Designed in the UK


Looking for a unique phone case for your iPhone? You can’t go wrong with Najture. These biodegradable and compostable phone cases are entirely plant-based, using starches from renewable plants such as corn and cassava. They are also free from anything harmful to the environment and contain bamboo fibre to make each case unique!

We love it because: Najture made the commitment to plant a tree for each phone case sold!

Available for:
iPhone 6, 6s, 7, 8 X, XS

Need more options? No worries, check out our selection of the top biodegradable phone cases in the UK.

Don’t forget, all of these eco phone cases are available to ship anywhere in the UK. The more time you waste, the longer it will be until they arrive…

… or, if you want to take your phone safety a bit more seriously, try an eco-friendly mobile phone pouch instead. These 2 caught our eye!

Eco-friendly phone sleeves for the extra-cautious ones

Cheap Phone Pouches That Will Have You Drooling, by Mylittlesweethearts


This Dairy Milk phone sleeve from Mylittlesweethearts (a UK business!) is made from a recycled Cadbury’s chocolate wrapper. We wish it smelt like chocolate, but it’s been cleaned and sewn up so well with a biodegradable cotton lining and soft felt backing. It offers great protection for your phone! It measures 12cm by 8.5cm, which is just right for an iPhone SE.

We love it because: keeping it in our pockets reminds us to stay eco! It’s estimated that the chocolate industry contributes as much green house gases as an entire city alone in one year. Furthermore, global rising temperatures is bad news for cocoa trees that are particularly sensitive to heat and drought. Keep this phone sleeve as a reminder to snack healthy instead, for everyone’s benefit!

Also available for:
Most phones on the market as it measures 12 cms x 8.5 cms

A Stylish Hand-Woven Phone Sleeve, by Paralife

Paralifes hand-weaves each of these protective phone socks and personalises them for you! It’s just the right size for an iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S7 and has an inner cotton layer to keep your screen scratch-free. Oh, and there’s free delivery.

We love it because: using the leaves of a plant is so awesome! Unlike solid wood phone cases, harvesting materials for this mobile phone sleeve leaves the plant healthy and ready to keep growing.

Available for:
iPhone 6, 6S, 7
Samsung Galaxy S7 S6

There’s an option here for every phone model and size, whether you stick to a trusty Nokia or the latest iPhone model… and all are available with UK shipping so what do you have to lose?

All products ship to the UK, most of them for free!

Guide to eco-friendly phone cases

Are phone cases bad for the environment?

The answer isn’t that straightforward. Like with many products, it will depend on the quality, durability, and material of the phone case.

On one hand, the concept of the case is eco-friendly. It keeps your phone away from scratches and will protect it against drops, up to some extent. Thereby, it could considerably increase the longevity of your phone.

On the other hand, lots of the cheap covers you find online are of poor quality and made of plastic or silicone. While silicone is a better option than plastic, it still isn’t your best eco-friendly phone case material option… Then, if every phone owner ends up buying phone cases every 3 months because of their poor quality, you rapidly get mountains of phone cases in the landfills…

But the good news is, as you’ll see on our selection of the best eco-friendly phone cases, many phone cases are made of sustainable material that can be recycled or even composted!

What are biodegradable phone cases made of?

The most popular biodegradable phone case material may be bioplastic, as its texture gets close to a traditional plastic cover. For example, the Pela case in the list is made of Flaxstic, a plant-based bioplastic that contains flax straw waste. Be careful with bioplastics though, as not all bioplastics are created the same. For instance, some bioplastics aren’t chemicals-free!

Bamboo and cork are two other great options for biodegradable phone cases. Cork, in addition to being biodegradable, these 2 materials are extremely eco-friendly (as long as they are not chemically processed). Indeed, harvesting cork doesn’t harm the tree and bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth.

Are phone cases recyclable?

Well, it all depends on the material the phone case is made of…

Most of the traditional plastic and silicone phone cases are made to protect your phone, so they are built to last. Some can be recycled, and others can’t. Good luck to recycle a rigid plastic case, for instance…

But many phone cases providers come up with original, yet sturdy cases than can entirely be recycled! Have a look at the Ocean75 cases for example, they are made of recycled plastic and can be recycled afterwards.

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