Pela Phone Case
Introducing Pela, the world's first eco-friendly, biodegradable phone case.
Did you know that there are more mobile devices on earth than there are people? Or that in 2016 the billionth iPhone was sold? That's not just a lot of phones out there, that's a lot of plastic phone accessories (not to mention the plastic packaging they come in). When you combine that with the rapid rate we go through phones and cases, the numbers climb high.
Pela are a Canadian company who created the first 100% compostable phone case with plastic free packaging. Buying their case is not only sustainable (an action able to be repeated indefinitely) but in doing so you support other great causes. Pela donate at least 1% of their sales to environmental non-profit groups (read more here), or you can buy from their Save The Waves collection to donate $5 to local communities who protect coastal ecosystems. They also have a 'Pela Cycle' programme where you can send in your old case for them to up-cycle and in turn receive a 20% discount off your next order. And then there's the free worldwide shipping that they offer. Lots of good stuff!
It's all well and good having moral intentions, but does the case actually work? Yes! The 'bio' plastic is made from plant-based material, like flax. It's durable, flexible and BPA-free. The case offers protection from drops and scratches and has a raised lip for added protection on the front screen. Pela currently make iPhone and Android cases and each purchase comes with a personalised note of thanks. They're a company I'm happy to rally behind and I think you might be too.
Plastic is a man-made material that bacteria can't digest so, unlike natural materials, it just lasts. Plastic takes hundreds of years to break down, and even when it does it simply becomes fragments smaller than the eye can't see whilst never truly disappearing. Not a happy diet for our fishies, especially when you consider that virtually all of the plastic ever made is still on this earth and only 9% is recycled.
This doesn't have empty consequences. People, businesses, mammals, fish and our oceans are affected by plastic pollution. There are fishermen whose income relies of the health of local fish. There are birds dying from hunger because their bellies are full of plastic which they can't digest.
There are coastal people whose livelihood relies on the tourist industry, but their beaches are littered with washed up plastic/waste from around the world. Our waste affects lots of facets of this world - let's use our influence an an opportunity to be conscientious and kind, not blind.