I recently upgraded my phone to a second hand iPhone XR and, quite frankly, I am a very clumsy person. Sometimes I seem to just throw my phone on the floor or it leaps out of my hands as if by magic so a new phone case was very important. Instead of buying another cute yet completely made of plastic phone case, I looked for one that was a bit more sustainable.
There's a huge range of biodegradable and sustainable phone cases out there. They are usually made from coffee grounds, cork or wheat straw. I decided to opt for one made out of wheat straw and TPU that's fully biodegradable.
I purchased the Eplanita biodegradable XR phone case in Khaki. One major set back with this is not all of the Eplanita phone cases are available on their website but they are all available on Amazon. This kind of sucks since we all know that Amazon's ethics and morals are not exactly great so it's not ideal that a sustainable brand is selling their items on there, especially when they have a perfectly good website of their own. However, I still made the purchase through Amazon since it was one of the only sustainable phone cases in my price range (£7.99).
There is also no mention of who made the product or where it was made, meaning there's no guarantee that just because the product is sustainable that it's ethical too. This is definitely something I wish I'd considered when making the purchase.
Other than this I am pleased with the phone case as it's sturdy enough to protect my phone from my undoubted clumsiness, it looks nice and I know that it won't sit in landfill when I'm done with it. Their website says "the iPhone case will only start the degradation process once under the soil or in a commercial compost".
If you don't want to support Amazon, then I'd suggest looking for an alternative brand such as Wave, a UK based brand that sells phone cases also made out of wheat straw but these are slightly more pricey at £15. If you don't mind using Amazon or a company that supports it then Eplanita might be for you!