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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.

Why are plastic shopping bags not vegetarian?

Generic name: Plastic shopping bag.

Active ingredient: Slip agents.

Can you make it?  Not really.

Vegan?

No, the slip agents in plastic bags are rendered from animal fats.

Halal?

Depends on whether you believe handling bags that may contain pork fat is haram, or whether you believe that it’s halal so long as you do not ingest it.

Ethical concerns?

On top of animal welfare issues, plastic bags are usually not recyclable or biodegradable, and present a hazard to wildlife.

Health concerns?

None that I am aware of.

Alternative brands:

Any cotton, jute or bamboo tote bags. Or just use your backpack!

Are there store brands?

Yes, most supermarkets offer a recyclable or fabric bag you can reuse.

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