Design group TRTL BOT announced two new iPhone 4 cases today, both reportedly eco-friendly and specially designed to work with the iPhone 4. Both are produced using recycled plastic, and have special features to make your iPhone 4 more user friendly.
First up, the Kickstand 4. This case is designed to work with the multimedia functionality of the iPhone, propping it up vertically, horizontally, or even on a tripod (for timed photos). MSRP on the Kickstand 4 is $29.99.
The second case is the Minimalist 4. This case is very basic and holds your iPhone and up to 3 ID or credit cards. The Minimalist sells for $24.99.
From the press release:
Los Angeles – September 14, 2010 – TRTL BOT is proud unveil two multifunctional, eco-friendly iPhone 4 cases created to increase awareness of environmental and social responsibility. The Kickstand 4 and Minimalist 4 are designed and manufactured locally in the Los Angeles area using recycled plastic, decreasing its environmental impact while helping the local economy.
* The Kickstand 4 – Multimedia optimizer, viewing stand. Versatile case with innovative design that props up your iPhone in several modes; Portrait (ideal for FaceTime), Landscape (ideal for watching videos) and Tripod (ideal for timed photos). http://trtlbot.myshopify.com/products/kickstand-4
* The Minimalist 4 – Wallet substitute, bulk eliminator. Simple, elegant design combining the flexibility and capability of a money holder and the protection of a case. Holds up to 3 ID/Credit Cards while still remaining slim and easy to carry. http://trtlbot.myshopify.com/products/the-minimalist-4
“TRTL BOT is a group of designers, engineers, and artists who are inspired by simplicity and practical functionality, with the desire to create awareness about environmental issues,” stated Peter Gloria, president of TRTL BOT. “We believe being eco-friendly is about buying recycled products, being locally made, and doing more with less.”
Both the Kickstand 4 and the Minimalist 4 are currently available for pre-order for $29.99 at http://www.trtlbot.com and will be shipping at the end of the month. The Minimalist 3G/3GS for iPhone 3G/3GS owners is currently available in black or white for $24.99.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 2.4 million tons of plastic bottles and jars were disposed of in 2008. In addition, a U.N. study from 2006 stated that 10% of all plastic produced every year worldwide winds up in the ocean, with 70% of it finding its way to the ocean floor.