I haven’t had the best luck with phones lately. In the past year, my phone has died and been stolen - twice. While riding on the back of a motorcycle in Thailand, we experienced the sudden fury of SE Asia’s monsoon season. My phone didn’t stand a chance, even buried in the pocket of my rain jacket. I tried rice and all the other internet tricks, but sadly, my phone was gone. A week later, someone at the airport stole the dead phone out of my bag.
Fast forward a few months and I am at a party in South America. Long story short, someone takes my purse, along with my phone, credit cards and apartment keys. For obvious reasons, I decided not to replace it for a second time. And it was honestly so refreshing. I shared a phone with my husband and we learned to limit our usage to only what was necessary.
When we returned to the US, dirty and exhausted from a year of traveling, a refurbished phone was waiting on the porch - thank you, insurance. I was once again connected to the world.
With a new phone in hand, I needed a case.
I knew I wanted to purchase one from a local or small business. And since plastic cases end up in landfills, I also wanted a biodegradable, eco-friendly option.
This is where Pela came in.
Founded by Jeremy Lang in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Pela created Flaxstic™, a formula that combines flax straw ‘waste', plant-based biopolymers and recycled materials. Saskatchewan grows the most oilseed flax in the world but, because flax straw is difficult to break down, it ends up being burned and wasted. By using this waste in Pela cases, the company is able to give it new life and support local farmers.
My Pela case arrived in recycled packaging within one week of placing my order. It also came with a personal note from Jeremy, thanking me for my support of the company.
I opted for the Lavender case out of the six color options and am pleasantly surprised at how true it is to the online sample. I especially love the natural particles mixed into the design. They look like tiny flints of gold.
This case is truly amazing. I love its appearance, feel and what it represents. While I don’t plan on replacing it - ever - I love that it won’t outlive me or harm the earth. In fact, I can compost it. And as a lover and learner of the Spanish language, I also love the story behind their name.
The name Pela™ is based on the spanish word pelar which loosely translate to the verb peel.
The idea is that the apple peel protects the apple fruit, then it naturally biodegrades and becomes compost at the end of its life, like how the Pela Case protects the Apple iPhone and biodegrades at the end of its life.
Our goal was to mimic nature and creating a protective, natural ‘peel’ for the iPhone. (pela.com)
More Reasons to Love Pela:
- Free Shipping Worldwide
- Members 1% for the Planet: Pela dedicates at least 1% of revenue to environmental non-profit organizations
- Customizable: Pela can customize cases by engraving the name of your organization or company
- Made for iPhone 6 and 6s. Other sizes are in development
- Made for everyday wear and tear, Pela cases are strong and have natural shock absorbing properties
Learn more about Pela and order your first case at www.pela.com. You can also follow them on Instagram and Facebook.
Disclaimer: I am not sponsored and have not been paid, in any form, for this product review. All images are photos of my own Pela case and iPhone. This article is an honest review from a paying customer.