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If you’re looking for eco-friendly gear to add to your collection, check out AppleInsider collection of thoughtful and environmentally friendly accessories.
It’s almost Earth Day, which makes us think it might be time to incorporate more eco-friendly products into our current stock. So here are some of our top picks for accessories that aren’t just good for you, but good for the planet.
iPhone and AirPods cases
The safety of your gear should be a priority, but there’s no reason the case you choose shouldn’t be good for the environment. Many accessory manufacturers have realized this and found clever ways to reuse plastic that would otherwise end up in landfills.
Core Series by OtterBox
Otterbox’s Core Series line includes MagSafe-compatible iPhone cases that use waste plastic for a durable, fashionable touch.
Using post-industrial recycled plastic for colorful styling, Otterbox has already repurposed over 1.4 million pounds of plastic that would otherwise end up in landfills. Its soft, grippy exterior makes it easy to hold and the colorful plastic flakes add fantastic texture.
This ultra-thin profile case is available in Funfetti White or Carnival Night Black for $59.95, for the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, and iPhone 13 mini.
Disc Case by Nimble
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly enclosure that blends into the background, Nimble’s drive enclosure might be the case for you.
Made from clear, recycled polycarbonate, the Disc Case easily snaps onto your phone and protects it from drops up to 10 feet. Plus, it has antimicrobial protection and an anti-yellowing agent, so your case will stay looking great for years to come.
The Disc case is available for iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max , & iPhone SE 2020. You can buy one for $39.95.
Eco-Friendly AirPods Case by Lifeproof
Made from 75% ocean-source recycled plastic, Lifeproof’s eco-friendly AirPods cases provide edge-to-edge protection for your AirPods.
Thanks to the quick-clip carabiner, your AirPods stay precisely where you want them at all times. The eco-friendly case is also wireless charger compatible, so you won’t need to remove your AirPods case at the end of the day.
No wireless charger? No worries. A cutout at the bottom lets you easily attach a lighting cable to keep your case filled.
The eco-friendly AirPods case is available for first and second generation AirPods and AirPods Pro and comes in different fun colors. Those interested can purchase one for $29.99. Lifeproof also donates $1 to a nonprofit partner after purchase.
Apple Watch equipment
Even your Apple Watch band can come from an eco-friendly source. We’ve picked out a few favorites that are sure to fit into almost anyone’s wardrobe.
Apple Watch Band by Pela
Pela started making smartphone cases, but realized there was probably a market for even more eco-friendly materials, so they branched out into watch straps as well. Pela’s Apple Watch band has been a hit with AppleInsider Staff.
Pela products are made from Flaxstic, a bioplastic elastomer, and flax straw. So when you’ve decided you no longer want your bracelet, it’s fully compostable and can break down into its natural components.
In addition to being completely compostable, the Pela Apple Watch band is also very comfortable. Plus, we loved the unique lugs that can easily be separated from the watch band to be recycled separately.
Eco-Friendly Apple Watch Band by Lifeproof
If you love the feel and convenience of a fabric watch band, Lifeproof has an eco-friendly option for you.
Made from 99% ocean plastic yarn, Lifeproof’s eco-friendly Apple Watch band is a comfortable and fashionable way to accessorize your Apple Watch.
You can pick up yours on Amazon for as little as $24.10 (reg. $39.99), and they’re available in seven ocean-inspired colorways.
Backpacks, bags and more
Carry your favorite gear while helping to recycle plastic and vinyl that would otherwise end up in landfills.
Bum bag by Incase x Bionic
AppleInsider reviewed the full Incase x Bionic line last year, and we definitely had a favorite – the Hipsack.
You can either wear it on your hip, as the name suggests, or wear it over your shoulder for a crossbody bag.
It has two interior compartments with many small mesh pockets that allow you to store everything you need to keep track safely. Plus, an interior valuables pocket stores your most essentials.
A detachable key ring allows you to clip your keys into your bag and easily remove them when needed.
It’s made from Bionic FLX Yarn, a yarn made from recycled coastal and marine plastic. Each Hipsack contains roughly the same amount of recovered plastic as thirteen water bottles.
The Incase Bionic hip bag is available from Incase and costs $69.95. You can hang yours in two colorways – Baltic Sea or Sand.
Maya Shoulder Tote by Rareform
If you’re looking to make a statement, look no further than Rareform’s collection. Everything Rareform makes includes recycled billboard vinyl, ensuring no two bags are the same.
We chose to highlight the Maya Crossbody Tote, an everyday bag with enough space for everything you need. It has a large main compartment perfect for storing everything you need during the day. It also features an external storage sleeve for quick access and a padded 15″ laptop sleeve perfect for carrying your MacBook Pro.
It also features handles, allowing you to carry the bag like a briefcase. However, you can also switch it up and attach the included shoulder strap for hands-free convenience.
The Maya Crossbody Tote is available from Rareform and costs $160 – however, it’s worth browsing through their entire collection.
Smart and Eco-Friendly Home Appliances
There are many devices that can do good for your home and the environment. These smart devices can help you save energy while saving the planet.
It allows you to automate tasks such as turning lights or power-hungry devices on and off and monitor their power consumption. This lets you see how much energy your expensive items, such as your TV or washing machine, are using – and when it might be time for an upgrade.
One of the best-known smart lighting solutions, the Philips Hue range, can give you incredible control over the lighting in your home.
The robust range includes smart bulbs, light strips, lamps and fixtures, and even has a good amount of starter kits that can help you get started.
Automating your lights to only turn on when you need them can help you save money – and energy – which is a win for both your wallet and the planet.
As a bonus, the Philips Hue Bridge was one of the first devices to integrate HomeKit’s adaptive lighting feature rolled out with iOS 14. This allows the Hue Bridge to dynamically change the lighting in your home based on the light. ambient.