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Will your iPhone case end up in a landfill?

Popular brand names:

  • Apple
  • Case-Mate
  • Caseology
  • Cath Kidston
  • Kenzo
  • OtterBox
  • tech21
  • VRS Design

Generic name: iPhone/mobile/smartphone case.

Active ingredient: Various plastics.

Can you make it? No.

Vegan?

Usually, though it can’t be ruled out that the ways some plastics are processed are impacting on animals.

Halal?

Yes.

Ethical concerns?

The plastics are rarely biodegradable and usually very energy-expensive to produce. There is also the risk they were made in unethical sweatshops, however a simple case is usually created via an injection mold completely mechanically, so unlikely to involve human rights violations.

Health concerns?

None.

Alternative brands:

  • pelacase (biodegradable, compostable, plant-based)

Are there store brands?

Yes, but in-store it can be hard to check ethical concerns.

What is Fimo clay?

Popular brand names:

  • Fimo
  • Sculpey

Generic name: Polymer clay.

Can you make it?

No, but you can make oven-baking clay substitutes that are very similar to polymer clay. Search for “DIY oven bake clay” or “DIY polymer clay substitute”.

Vegan?

Yes.

Halal?

Yes.

Ethical concerns?

None found.

Health concerns?

Some people are worried about phthalate exposure. Do not use to make anything you will eat off.

Alternative brands:

  • Cernit
  • CiaraQ
  • Fantasy Floral
  • H&S
  • Kato Polyclay
  • Ouba
  • Reelva
  • Uro
  • +many unbranded options online

Are there store brands?

None I have found that compare, best to source online. Check to ensure it’s oven bake, not air dry.

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