About a year and a half ago a new iPhone 6s came into my life. At the time my Dad and a few others warned me about the way some people have reported their phones bending if they sat on them. I was both horrified and cautiously optimistic that I would not be the person to sit on my phone and bend it (even though I always carry it in my pocket). My Dad suggested finding a sturdy case with a battery built in to help protect the phone’s structure. I searched in local stores and when I didn’t find anything suitable I took to searching online. There I came across a phone case with a battery pack, which ended up doubling the phones battery life in a single charge.
Sadly the phone fell into a puddle while I was out walking the fur-kids early last spring. As one would expect the case was just not the same after, but hey at least I didn’t bend my phone. As the months went on I continued to use that case though the battery pack’s only function was stability. The phone jumped (I promise) out of my back pocket fairly often over the last year and ended up with a small crack on the screen. While sitting in a broken down car waiting for a tow truck I discovered that the case had taken my phone hostage. As I tried to separate them, panic set in. It seemed like they had merged into one solid object. Thankfully, Nick was there to help separate them and needless to say, finding a new case became urgent.
I stumbled across a company based in Canada named Pela Case. The company created a phone case made of compostable materials rather than the usual plastic. The materials they use are called “flaxstic” and have a similar feel to plastic cases, without the same negative environmental impact. You can find more information on their “what is a Pela Case” page. The cases are more environmentally friendly than the traditional plastic phone case because they should not need to end up in the landfill or the oceans. When a consumer is finished with the case it should instead be composted. Flaxstic is also made of materials that would usually otherwise be burned (more information here if you are interested.
The selection of phones Pela Case fits is limited to most current iPhones and some Androids. It appears Pela is working to expand their product to a wider variety of phones, which will be beneficial in increasing their customer base. Just today I read an article by CBC news that inspired me to post about these cases made of innovative materials. I will link it below, but in general, it is about how communities are struggling to keep up with the amount of plastic being sent to recycling facilities. Much of what we, as consumers, are proudly putting in our blue boxes are ending up in the landfill anyway. If you have an interest in sustainable living and trying to reduce the damage we cause the world, this article provides important information about where recycling is today. It discusses how human lifestyles have changed and recycling programs will need to adapt to keep up or catch up with the world we currently live in. I believe that consumer habits can also change. The article can be found here.
The Pela Case- in addition to being environmentally friendly- does a wonderful job protecting my phone. It actually hurts to admit how often this phone is knocked out of my hand and bounces on the floor. The edge of the case has a lip sticking out from the screen of the phone providing protection and shock absorption on impact. Luckily for me, the crack in the screen hasn’t gotten any bigger.
(Wave to Monsters Inc. Mike Wazowski’s reflection on the phone screen!!)
Aside from the practicality of the case, Pela offers a range of beautiful colour options and a small range of inspirational quotes.