Case-Mate RPET 100% RECYCLED PLASTIC CASE for iPhone 4 / 4S

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We recently brought word that Case-Mate was releasing a new line of cases for the iPhone 4S that are made completely from recycled plastic. What is key here is the fact that they don’t just use SOME recycled plastic but the cases are made from 100% recycled materials. That’s a good thing. Let’s take a look at the review sample they sent over.

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From Case-Mate:

One bottle, one case. Do your part with the eco-friendly rPET Barely There case. Molded from 100% recycled material, the translucent, glossy finish showcases more of your iPhone. Its ultra-lightweight, minimalist design delivers a stylish profile, while the impact resistant hard shell protects against impacts and falls.

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If you like a minimalist case you are going to like this design. Case-Mate has produced a case that is just about as low profile as possible. It is so low profile that it does not offer any “lay on the table” protection. Still, it does protect that sides and back of the iPhone, as well as the ever-so vulnerable corners.

The buttons and other controls are fully accessible.

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This shot from the top also shows how accessible the access areas are and how protected the corners are.

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And, as you can see, the back is well protected and the camera is nicely accessible and open.

Light, minimalist and as protective as you need… so long as you don’t need a ton of protection.

I do, however, expect that this case will show scuffs and scratches as it is used. That makes sense and is the reason you use a case in the first place right? It certainly is better that the case take the hit than your iPhone. Still, if you love a case that looks fresh and new after months of use this may not be the best choice. Time will tell…

Here’s the promo video…

Details and ordering can be found here on the product page.

Case-Mate Description:

Molded from 100% rPET material

Extremely slim profile showcases more of your iPhone 4 / 4S

Translucent, glossy finish

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MSRP: $30

What I Like: Great for the environmentalist among us; Available in six colors; Relatively inexpensive

What Needs Improvement: Not as protective as most people would like; Only good it you want something minimal and simple

About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.

2 Comments on "Case-Mate RPET 100% RECYCLED PLASTIC CASE for iPhone 4 / 4S"

  1. There are other alternative material cases now available, too – http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/ces-2012-iphone-cases-made-of-worlds-first-certified-compostable-elastomer.html

    With all the plastic manufactured by the case industry, it is nice to see alternatives being offered.

  2. There are other alternative material cases now available, too – http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/ces-2012-iphone-cases-made-of-worlds-first-certified-compostable-elastomer.html

    With all the plastic manufactured by the case industry, it is nice to see alternatives being offered.