8 Best Eco-Friendly iPhone 12 and 12 Pro Cases


Updated February 4, 2024, 1:00 PM PT

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Moment thin case for iPhone 12

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Moment Case for iPhone 12 with MagSafe

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$10 on Amazon

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Incipio Orgacore

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$58 at Casetify

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Customizable compostable case

Casetify Ultra Compostable Case

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$9 on Amazon

Eplanita eco case

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Eplantita eco-friendly case

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The Tech21 Eco Slim case for iPhone 12 comes in several different colors The Tech21 Eco Slim case for iPhone 12 comes in several different colors

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If you haven't used your phone in a while, the number of accessories and cases to choose from can be overwhelming. If you own an iPhone 12, chances are you're trying to keep it in good condition for as long as possible. The right case will protect your iPhone 12 and keep it running for as long as you want. Buying the right case doesn't have to mean carrying around tons of plastic and rubber that get thrown away with your phone when you upgrade. Nowadays, there are many high-quality cases that not only protect your phone, but also protect the environment. There are options for covers made from recycled or biodegradable materials.

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Eco cases may look and feel slightly different from standard thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) cases (particularly wooden cases), but most people won't use an eco-friendly case unless told otherwise. I don't even realize it's there. Many cases have good drop protection, and all cases on this list are compatible with wireless chargers.

Many of these cases are iPhone11 and iPhone XSIn that case, there are many cases where a discount is given.

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Moment's iPhone 12 case is thin and soft to the touch. Made from biodegradable materials, the body is still compostable even after removing the polycarbonate parts. When you are finished using the product, you can throw it into your compost bin.

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You know those compact discs you no longer listen to? Nimble uses them to create translucent iPhone cases. It only costs about $25 now, which is a bonus for those who like the idea of ​​protecting modern technology with recycled technology. It has antibacterial protection, is scratch resistant and will not yellow over time. The disc case is slim but offers 6-foot drop protection.

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Incipio's Organicore case is made from 100% compostable and biodegradable materials and also comes with eco-friendly packaging. The Organicore case offers 8-foot drop protection and is available in three color options: black, natural, and eucalyptus (pictured here). Please note that Amazon lists different prices for specific colors of Organore cases. Organore is also available on the iPhone 12 Pro Max version.

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Casetify has launched Ultra Compostable Cases following its previous Conscious cases. This eco model increases fall protection to 6.6 feet and is made with Ecotify, a 100% compostable plant-based material that is the company's proprietary blend of biopolymers, starches, and bamboo granules.

Casetify also says the packaging is made from 100% sustainable, recycled, and compostable materials, including eco-friendly, non-toxic ink made from soybeans. The case has a raised edge design to protect your screen and is available in seven color options. Although the price is high at $58, the case can be customized with customization and printing.

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This is the only one on the list that I haven't tried yet, but it has positive reviews from Amazon users and costs just $9. Eplantita says the case is made from 100% biodegradable wheat straw and recyclable TPU. It fully covers your phone and has raised edges so it won't hurt if you drop it face down. There are several color options.

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Lifeproof's Wake case is made from recycled ocean plastic (85% anyway). It has an attractive design, but it's not super sturdy. It has an unsealed bottom and provides drop protection from a height of 6 feet. He comes in four colors, including this teal variation, but this one is my favorite. (If you're buying a “green” case, green might be better.)

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Tech 21 offers several different eco-friendly case options for the iPhone 12 series. The case is made of biodegradable material and has a non-slip texture to prevent your phone from slipping out of your hands. Eco Slim models come in several different color options and offer excellent drop protection (rated to withstand drops of up to 10 feet) while being relatively slim. Prices vary slightly depending on the type of iPhone 12 you have, but most versions cost less than $15.

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KerfCase has been making handcrafted wooden cases for some time, and their new plywood cases are not only more durable, but also more expensive than other cases, starting at $50 and offering 6 feet of drop protection and a limited lifetime repair warranty. It's also cheap. I like it better than other wooden cases I've tried. It's also worth noting that Apple's MagSafe charger sticks on the back, and KerfCase sells a charging dock that is compatible with Apple MagSafe chargers (yes, this is an accessory for accessories' sake).

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