The materials your phone case is made out of matter. We’ve been working on perfecting bioplastics that feel good, wear well, and compost when you’re finished using them as a phone case. The Bio Case and Thin Case are both made out of bioplastic and we are actively working on bringing this material to our entire case lineup.
Bioplastic is better for the planet. On average, a phone case is used for just two years. After two years, most cases end up in a landfill, where they take between four hundred and two thousand years to decompose. We may be a small brand, but from Moment alone, that’s hundreds of thousands of cases that will essentially never biodegrade, and we weren’t ok with that.
We focused on bioplastics instead of recyclable material because most recycled materials in the USA actually end up in a landfill. City recycling programs have struggled to find buyers, and some counties have even shut down their recycling programs completely. The ones that still exist often only accept plastic bottles, which rules out a recyclable phone case.
What is Bioplastic?
Bioplastic is a plant-based thermoplastic elastomer that is just as durable as our older materials but fully compostable. Simply put, we use plant oils instead of dinosaur-based petroleum. In our Bio Case we take the extra step of adding in flax husk to reduce the amount of plastic used, and add air pockets to speed up the composting process (it also protects your phone better).
What does “Compostable” mean?
Our Bio Plastic meets ASTM D6400-04 and E.U. EN13432 standards for compostability. It means you can toss your case in the city compost bin when you upgrade your phone. It will be 90% broken down in as little as 4 months. The resulting compost is even safe to grow food with. The case will compost in a home compost pile, but it will take significantly longer.