Review: Happy Phones, Happy Planet: Pela Phone Cases

Everyone is looking for more ways to reduce their plastic consumption, but did you ever stop to think about the plastic wrapped around what is (probably) one of your most prized possessions? 

I came across Pela phone cases last year and immediately fell in love. I dropped so many hints that I’m pleased to say, I ended up getting one as a birthday gift in December and, over 6 months later, I’m still in love.

Staggeringly, there are now more mobile devices than there are people on earth and in 2017, the billionth iPhone sold. Now think about the amount of plastic phone accessories being consumed, and disposed of, at an alarming rate. Everyone wants a different look and it’s easy to get bored of accessories. I can think of at least 4 phone cases that I’ve bought in my lifetime.

But this is where Pela comes in.Made out of a plant-based material, Pela cases are eco-friendly and available for various iPhone and Android models. They are 100% compostable, contain zero plastic so are BPA free, and are sturdy yet flexible (I’ve dropped my phone in a Pela case numerous times and haven’t seen a scratch!)

Plus they come shipped naked in a 100% recycled and recyclable paper envelope (also compostable) to further reduce their plastic waste footprint and single-use plastic consumption.

So what are they made out of exactly?!

Pela make cases using flax, or to be more precise, Flaxstic®, which is comprised of compostable bioplastic elastomer and flax straw materials.

Basically plant power – a natural alternative to plastic.

8819ff11-b14f-4846-97a9-6994177248d3And the use of flax is visible in the appearance of the cases. Each one has tiny little specks which personally, I really like. Pela say that these specks provide strength and natural shock absorption but also means no two cases are exactly alike. Which I also like.

It looks like they’ve done all the tests too; meeting child safety standards in a number of territories and producing their cases using a lower carbon footprint and lower greenhouse gas emissions than traditional plastic.

But, on their website, they admit that the overall biobased content (carbon from renewable resources like plants) is just 45% (by weight).

So what of the remaining 55%?

Well, they admit that this remainder is comprised of non renewable resources.Which is a little disappointing to be honest, but Pela say their ultimate goal is to advance the science to get their product to 100% biobased content.

And for the time being, 45% biobased is better than 0% right?!


What I think I like most about Pela phone cases is the intention to do something using an accessory for an object we all use daily and never even consider when trying to reduce our consumption of plastic.

Looking at my case is a constant reminder of the need to be more eco-friendly, to cut my plastic waste and to re-use and recycle.

Because once finished with, the Pela cases can be left to biodegrade in your home composting system. Or you can send them back to Pela and they’ll recycle them to make another generation of products (plus you’ll get 20% off your next order).

And there are so many gorgeous designs to choose from; some with empowering environmental messages too.

But don’t just take my word for it. Have a peruse at their full range on the website here.

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