Phone case

Phone case

Most users know that the production of smartphones places a heavy burden on the environment. But protective covers made of plastic can also be harmful to humans and nature. Manufacturers use plant-based plastic alternatives to develop more sustainable products.


Consumer goods

Renewable resource:
Straw, wood, starch

Participating companies:
LiveSteil GmbH

Bioeconomy factor:
Use of renewable raw and residual materials, recyclable, partially biodegradable

On the market

Auf dem Bild sind goldgelbe Strohhalme nach der Ernte zu sehen.

Smartphone covers protect the device from damage or scratches and increases its longevity. However, most phone cases are made from petroleum-based plastic, end up in the trash after use and can contain substances that are harmful to humans, such as plasticisers.

Straw instead of plastic

Plastic alternatives for smartphone cases include natural stone and wood, as well as biobased innovative materials. A Bochum-based manufacturer uses an organic wheat mixture and bioplastic made from starch to produce vegan, compostable and low-pollutant phone cases.

The material also contains straw, which would otherwise be incinerated. Even after use, the cases don't end up in the trash, but can be returned to the manufacturer. They are processed into new products and thus given a second life.

Market readiness

Smartphone cases fitting various models are available in the company's online store.