Why a biodegradable iPhone case? Since we were born we have been promoting actions of circular economy and spreding messages that invite you to lead a more sustainable life. In our constant effort to reduce our ecological footprint, we have boarded a new adventure. If we make covers with recycled polymers extracted from fishing nets, why not try with polymers capturing the CO2 from the… air? See how we do it!
The material: A compostable polymer that is extracted from plants and uses the CO2 they capture
Nature considers greenhouse gases (atmospheric carbon among others), as a raw material. That is, trees and plants capture CO2 from the air to produce organic matter. So, why not use this system to produce a polymer that can also disintegrate more quickly? The material from which we make Seed POPSICASE are made comes from plants. These plants are corn, cassava, sugar cane or beet which capture and sequester CO2. Then, they transform it into long chain polylactic acid (PLA) sugar molecules.
The plants undergo a grinding process from which starch (glucose) is extracted. Then, enzymes are added to convert the glucose into dextrose by a process called hydrolysis. Then, the microorganisms then ferment this dextrose into lactic acid. Finally, it transforms it into a long chain polylactic polymer (PPLA) that makes it a tough and flexible material.
There are different companies that work with it, so we chose Ingeo, the PPLA material made by an American company that has been working for years in this area and offers a great result.
The result: a biodegradable iPhone case that completely desappears in less than a year.
As a result of injecting this PPLA in a mould, is not only biodegradable phone case in nature, i.e. it can be digested by microorganisms so that the carbon atoms in the polymer chains are broken down and returned to nature (petroleum-based plastics cannot). But, it is also compostable phone case, i.e. it degrades within a certain amount of time under certain conditions. In this case between 12 and 18 months.
Look at this mini video that shows what happens in 6 months if we plant a biodegradable phone case:
Discover POPSICASE is a case available in turquoise tones (light and dark) that protects the screen and the phone from all 4 sides. It is also resistant to any kind of shock and extremely pleasant to touch, because the final material is not completely uniform. DISCOVER IT HERE!