Plastic Phone Cases Are The Worst – Here's Why…

Plastic Phone Cases Are The Worst – Here's Why…

The overuse of plastic phone cases is creating a myriad of health and environmental problems. It's time to wake up and smell the plastic.

Each year, millions of phone cases are produced, predominantly made from plastics like polycarbonate and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU).

Sure, these materials are durable and protective, but at what cost? The environmental drawbacks are staggering, and the impact on your health is equally concerning.

And when there's a raft of eco-focussed alternatives to choose from, including 100% biodegradable phone cases that provide the same level of protection – and in some cases more – than traditional, plastic cases, you gotta ask yourself: why are people still using plastic cases? 

Study after study has shown just how bad things are; and yet, despite all of this, most people are simply unaware of just how insidious our overuse of plastic actually is.

Did you know micro-plastics can get inside your body, causing all kinds of issues?

And then there's the problem of plastic in the oceans, filling up millions of square miles of landfills, and the fact that most people do not dispose of plastics correctly.

Let's break it down:

  • Plastic Production: The production of plastics involves the extraction and processing of fossil fuels, which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and environmental degradation. According to a study by Geyer, Jambeck, and Law (2017), approximately 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic have been produced since the 1950s, with a significant portion used in consumer goods like phone cases. That's a lot of plastic, and it's not going anywhere anytime soon.
  • Waste Generation: Phone cases have a relatively short lifespan, often replaced due to wear and tear, fashion trends, or phone upgrades. This leads to substantial waste. A report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2016) highlighted that only 14% of plastic packaging is collected for recycling globally, with the rest ending up in landfills, incinerated, or polluting the environment. It's a vicious cycle of waste and pollution.
  • Non-Recyclable Materials: Many phone cases are made from mixed materials or plastics that are challenging to recycle. These cases often end up in landfills, where they can take hundreds of years to decompose, releasing harmful chemicals into the soil and waterways. It's a ticking time bomb of environmental destruction.
  • Environmental Impact Landfills and Ocean Pollution: Phone cases that are not recycled contribute to the growing problem of plastic pollution in landfills and oceans. The Ocean Conservancy (2020) reported that plastic items, including phone accessories, are among the top pollutants found during coastal cleanups. It's a sad reality that our phone cases are ending up in the bellies of marine life.
  • Microplastics: As phone cases degrade, they can break down into microplastics, tiny particles that contaminate ecosystems and enter the food chain, posing risks to wildlife and human health. Research published in Environmental Science & Technology (2018) indicates that microplastics are now ubiquitous in marine environments. It's a problem that's only going to get worse if we don't take action.

But here's the good news: you can make a difference. Starting with your phone case is one of the easiest ways to do your bit and reduce your usage of plastics and switch to a more eco-friendly phone case.

What Can You Do?

  1. Choose Sustainable Materials: Opt for phone cases made from biodegradable or recycled materials. Brands are increasingly offering eco-friendly options made from materials like bamboo, cork, or recycled plastics. It's a simple switch that can have a big impact.
  2. Recycle Responsibly: When upgrading your phone case, ensure you recycle the old one if possible. Look for recycling programs that accept phone accessories. It's a small step, but it adds up.
  3. Reduce Consumption: Limit the number of phone cases you purchase. Choose versatile, durable cases that can last the life of your phone. Less is more when it comes to phone cases.
  4. Support Legislation: Advocate for policies that promote recycling and the use of sustainable materials in manufacturing. Use your voice to create change.

The overuse of plastic phone cases is a problem that we can no longer ignore. It's time to take action and make a change.

By choosing sustainable materials, recycling responsibly, reducing consumption, and supporting legislation, we can make a difference. Let's ditch the plastic and embrace a more sustainable future, one phone case at a time.

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