The 8 Best Eco-Friendly iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Cases

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Updated February 4, 2024 at 1:00 pm PT

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The number of accessories and cases available for phones that have been around for a long time can be overwhelming. You probably want to keep your iPhone 12 in the best condition possible. The right case will protect your iPhone 12 so you can continue to use it as long as you like. It’s not necessary to carry around a lot of plastic and rubber, which will be thrown out when you upgrade. There are a lot of high-quality covers that protect not only your phone, but also the planet. You can choose from covers made of recycled and biodegradable materials.

Eco cases may look and feel different than standard thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) cases, especially the wooden cases. However, most people would not even know you were using a eco-friendly case, unless you told. Many cases offer good drop protection and all of the cases on this page are compatible with wireless charging.

Also, it’s worth noting that a lot of these cases are also available for earlier iPhoneModels, including the iPhone 11The following are some examples of how to get started: iPhone XSMany of these cases are discounted.

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Moment’s iPhone 12 Case is thin, and has a soft-to the-touch texture. The body is made from biodegradable material, so it can be composted after the polycarbonate pieces are removed. When you are finished with the product, it can be thrown in your compost bin. 

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You know all the compact discs you don’t listen to anymore? Nimble creates translucent iPhone cases from them. The cases are now only $25, which is a great bonus for those who want to protect the latest technology by using recycled materials. They have antimicrobial protection and are scratch-resistant. They also shouldn’t turn yellow with time. While the Disc Case looks slim, it is rated for a 6-foot fall protection. 

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Incipio Organicore Cases are made from 100% compostable, biodegradable material and have eco-friendly packaging. Organicore cases are available in black, natural and eucalyptus colors. They offer 8-foot protection from drops. Amazon lists different prices for the Organicore cases in certain colors. Also, the Organicore comes in a range of colors. iPhone 12 Pro Max version.

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Casetify launched the Ultra Compostable Cases in response to its earlier Conscious Cases. This eco model has a drop protection of 6.6 feet, and is made from 100% compostable plant-based material Ecotify.

Casetify says that the packaging is also made of sustainable, recyclable, and compostable materials, including eco-friendly ink made from soy beans. The case is available in seven colors and features a raised-edge design to protect screens. The case costs $58, but it can be customized with prints and personalization.

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The only case I haven’t tried yet is this one. However, the Amazon reviews are positive and the price is only $9. Eplantita claims its case is made from 100% biodegradable TPU and wheat straw. It has raised edges and fully covers your phone. This should help with any face down drops. It’s available with a range of color options.

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Lifeproof’s Wake Case is made from recycled ocean plastic (at least 85%). It is attractively designed, but it is not super tough. It has a 6-foot protection and does not have a bottom enclosure. It’s available in four colors including this teal version, which I personally like the best. (If you are going to buy a “green” phone case, then it should be green. 

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Tech 21 has a variety of different offers Eco-friendly case optionsThe iPhone 12 series. The cases are made from biodegradable materials with a grippy surface that prevents your phone from slipping out of your hands. Eco Slim comes in a variety of colors and is rated to withstand 10-foot drops. It’s also relatively slim. The price of your iPhone 12 will vary depending on the model you have, but most models cost $15 or less. 

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KerfCase, a maker of wooden cases, has been producing them for some time. Their new Plywood Case is not only more durable, but also less expensive. It starts at $50 with 6-foot protection and a lifetime warranty. I like it more than other wood cases I’ve tried. KerfCase also sells matching charging stations for the Apple MagSafe Charger (yes, this is an accessory for an item).

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