Eco-friendly smartphones and personal tech have become a major part of most people's daily lives, but the impact our tech devices have on the environment is rarely considered. Taking action to recycle, reuse and reduce waste, and even lower your carbon footprint, are common ways to play your part in living a more eco-friendly lifestyle. But now there's another way to be more sustainable with your personal devices, and it couldn't be any easier.

Eco-friendly smartphone accessories are becoming a popular choice for those who want to enjoy their tech while being a bit more eco-conscious. And many companies feel the same, taking action to help support the environment and provide consumers with new options.

Buy One. Plant One. BOPO.

Verizon’s sustainability efforts strengthen their commitment to minimize environmental impacts. 

Verizon is also launching a line of sustainable accessories, and to help commemorate this occasion, up to 1 million trees will be planted for every Verizon eco-friendly accessory sold this year.  This is the equivalent to the acreage of 55 central parks. Eco-friendly smartphone accessories are made in part with plant-based materials, or recycled plastics, or are 100% compostable. 

These initiatives are part of Citizen Verizon, which is Verizon's plan for economic, environmental and social advancement. You can learn more about Citizen Verizon and the other work being done here.

These Verizon-brand accessories will be designed with the earth in mind, so if you're in the market to upgrade your cases and other smartphone accessories, now is the perfect time. Verizon is also committed to 50% of phone cases sold to be made in whole or in part of recycled plastic by 2025.

You can expect many different types of accessories to be available in this new product line, including:

- Cases

- Chargers

- Power packs

- Wireless chargers

And, to make it even easier for you to participate, get 25% off eco-friendly accessories. (For a limited time.)

Eco-friendly smartphone accessories to check out.

Nimble makes all types of accessories, from portable chargers to phone cases, and every item comes with a biodegradable bag. You can use it to recycle your old tech for free and help close the loop on electronic waste. Nimble also uses 100% plastic-free packaging that’s made from recycled scrap paper that doesn’t contain harmful inks or dyes. They’re even a Certified B Corporation®, meaning that they meet the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability and are committed to giving 1% of their annual revenue to environmental nonprofits.

Besides being a great sustainable choice for accessories, their products are also modern, sleek and in style. This wireless pad is made from organic hemp and recycled plastic but looks more like a piece of high-end home décor. The portable charger is another product that keeps you connected on-the-go in a polished, chic form. 

Evutec has a line of eco-friendly smartphone cases made from 100% recycled environmentally friendly woven fabric surface, PCR 50% PC plastic and 100% recycled environmentally friendly woven fabric lining. The fully covered design boasts an anti-sweat and fingerprint-proof fabric that’s even washable. And these cases support Magsafe and QI wireless charging, so you can use them with some of the newest smartphones on the market.

If you’re looking to make a difference by getting plastic out of our environment, check out the LifeProof Wake Cases, which are made from recycled plastic. These eco-friendly smartphone cases are created with over 85% ocean-based recycled plastic—and survives 2 meter drops, so your phone is well protected.

Incipio Organicore cases are made up of 100% compostable materials that help reduce landfill waste by naturally re-entering the environment from where it started. Besides having a case that provides eco-friendly protection, you can expect:

- A form-fitting and flexible shell

- Up to 8 feet of drop protection

- Wireless charging-compatibility

Learn more about how to recycle your tech.

Buying eco-friendly and sustainable tech accessories is a big step forward in helping to make a positive difference in our world. If you want to learn about some other easy ways to be sustainable with your smartphone, check out our certified pre-owned devices or take a few minutes to learn about trade in and how it’s a great earth-friendly way to shop.