What to do with your used mobile case

What to do with your used mobile case

20 Jun 2023

After years of loyal service and admiration from friends, it’s finally time to part ways with your old mobile case. Most manufacturers aren't willing to shoulder the responsibility of handling the mobile case's retirement. The available options may seem limited, but fear not - there are environmentally conscious ways to handle this situation going beyond simple recycling or disposal. Imagine transforming it into something entirely fresh and new, allowing its story to continue and leave a positive impact on your life and the world around you rather than ending up in the landfill. Sounds nice, doesn't it?

Let's take the leap and discover some inspiring ideas that lie ahead!

Option 1: Recycle your old mobile case

If possible, then recycling is a great option as the raw materials used to make the case can be used to make something else. Recycling helps reduce waste and promotes sustainability, making it an environmentally friendly choice. Of course, this is made simpler if the manufacturer has developed it using easy-to-recycle materials and you have access to the appropriate facilities.

Commonly, phone cases are made of plastic, rubber, silicone, or a combination of the three. When it's a combination of materials, it makes recycling trickier. Ah, the joys! However, despite the challenges, recycling still holds significant value in reducing our carbon footprint.

Black and White Phone Cases

Even still, if you can recycle something, then you absolutely should! If we reach a point where all products can be returned and recycled through multiple lifecycles, a concept known as circularity, we would significantly minimise waste and conserve resources, making our planet greener and more harmonious.

Of course, it's much easier if the product was designed with this in mind from the get-go. Manufacturers who prioritise sustainable practices and use eco-friendly materials make it easier for consumers to engage in recycling initiatives. By considering the entire lifecycle of a product, from its creation to disposal, and implementing design strategies that facilitate recycling, we can make significant strides towards achieving a circular economy.

Option 2: Donate it

Unless you’re particularly clumsy, then most cases will remain in perfect working condition indefinitely and there’s always someone out there in need of one. So why not give your old phone cases some TLC and consider donating them to a local charity shop or listing them on platforms like Freecycle?

As you can see, you can make a meaningful impact on someone else's life. Many people may not have the means to afford brand new cases for their smartphones, and your donation can provide them with the protection they need.

Donate to Charity Your Old Mobile Phones

Donating to a local charity shop is also a great option as it supports various causes and initiatives within your community. These shops often rely on donations to continue their charitable work, and your contribution can help them raise funds for important projects, support local organisations, or provide assistance to those in need. By donating your phone cases, you not only declutter your own space but also contribute to the well-being of your community.

Lastly, you can list your phone cases on platforms like Freecycle, where individuals can find items they need for free - simple yet powerful way to reduce waste and promote a culture of reuse and sharing.

Option 3: Sell it

Did you drop some serious dollar on one of those super boujee Louis-V cases? Regardless, if your case is still in good condition, then you might be able to sell it on Craiglist or Gumtree and put the money towards a new one. Look after the pennies and all that.

By creating a detailed and eye-catching listing, highlighting the unique features and impeccable craftsmanship of your case, you can capture the attention of fashion enthusiasts eager to own a piece of luxury at a more affordable price. It's important to provide accurate and honest descriptions of your case's condition, including any signs of wear or minor imperfections if you want to ensure a successful sale. Consider including high-quality, well-lit photographs from various angles.

Option 4: Turn it into a work of art

We recently held a charity auction where four artists kindly donated some unique artworks painted on one of our circular mobile cases. If you’re handy at arts and crafts then maybe you could try something similar, sell them and use proceeds and pursue your lifelong dream of opening a sustainable seafood restaurant.

Turn Your Old Case Into Art

Option 5: The best eco-friendly phone cases are compostable

Say what? Yes, composting is a key aspect of the circularity concept we mentioned earlier, where the aim is to ensure that products can be returned to nature safely once they have been used as many times as possible. In line with this idea, an increasing number of manufacturers are actively developing and promoting compostable products. This approach allows for the organic components of these products to break down naturally and contribute to the production of nutrient-rich soil.

Composting can be done in various settings, including in the back garden or specialised facilities. When composting in the back garden, you can play an active role in the circular economy by diverting waste from landfills and turning it into valuable compost.  Dedicated composting facilities provide an alternative for individuals who may not have the means or space to compost at home.

Compostable products are designed to meet specific criteria that enable them to break down in a composting environment which includes using materials that are biodegradable and free from harmful chemicals. Manufacturers must follow compostability standards to ensure that these products truly contribute to a sustainable and environmentally friendly system.

As more manufacturers recognise the importance of composting in the product lifecycle, we expect to see an increase in compostable options, promoting a more sustainable and harmonious relationship between humans and nature.

Basket Compostable Phone Case
Made from Plants Charcoal Black Samsung

The circular, compostable mobile case

We realise that phone cases don’t quite have the same environmental impact as the phones they protect, but with over 1.5 billion new phones sold every year, that’s a lot of cases and adds up to quite a bit of impact!

To do our part, we worked off of the circular principles mentioned above to develop a plant-based, backyard compostable, and circular mobile case. That means that after use they can either be returned safely to nature or sent back to us, and we’ll turn them into a new one, then another one...

Our mission was clear: develop a case that protects your phone while treading lightly on the planet. The result? The world's first climate-positive mobile case that combines sustainability with durability and style.

Agood Loop Concept
World Piece Charcoal Black

Since it's made from plant-based materials, after use, this case can be safely returned to the earth, where it effortlessly decomposes, nourishing the soil and supporting new life. But that's not where the story ends. We've taken it a step further with our circular economy concept called agood loop. Instead of seeing the end of the case's life as the final chapter, we see it as the doorway to a new adventure. When you're ready to part ways with your case, simply send it back to us. We'll take care of the rest, transforming it into a brand-new case ready to protect another phone. It's a sustainable cycle that keeps going, reducing waste and extending the lifespan of our products. We believe in making things easy for you and the planet, ensuring that every step along the way is simple, natural, and worthwhile.

In conclusion, let's not overlook the potential of our used mobile cases. Instead of letting them gather dust in a drawer or contribute to the growing waste problem, consider the rewarding paths of upcycling and recycling. Through upcycling and recycling, we can make a positive impact on the environment and inspire others to do the same. So, let's seize the opportunity to give our mobile cases a new life while contributing to a greener future for all.

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