Win a Sleek Bamboo iPhone Case from Vers Audio!

by , 12/02/09

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We’ve always had a thing for these polished iPhone cases made of sustainable bamboo, so we were thrilled when our friends over at Vers Audio were kind enough to hook us up with one to give away to YOU! Made of smooth, blond bamboo, each hard case adds just the right amount of sophistication to your iPhone and keeps it safe and scratch-free. These are a perfect gift for that special someone on your list too – and wouldn’t it be even sweeter to be able to win it for them for free?



2. Leave a tip in the comments below by Wednesday, December 9, telling us your favorite iPhone app that helps you live a greener lifestyle. It could be a useful app that replaces tools (a compass, ruler) that you would otherwise have to buy, an informative app that tells you how sustainable a product is, or any other eco-friendly app. Just tell us what the app does and why you love it!

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Vers Audio likes to call themselves ‘less brown’ and acknowledges that it’s nearly impossible to call any product truly green given all of the various impacts that it has though out its life, but their policy to plant 100 trees for every one they use is definitely a sign of their dedication to the environment and beautiful design. All of the wood they use is from PEFC certified mills, and they stand by their motto that they are ‘Ch-Eco’ rather then ‘Eco-Chic’ – good design comes first.

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  1. Trader83 August 5, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I use the “seafood watch” app when ever I go to the grocery store to pick out what fish will have the least impact.
    I constantly use google maps so I don’t waste gas driving aimlessly around.
    I have the greenpeace and treehugger app so that I am up to date with the latest issues so I know how to choose future decisions.

  2. omni26 February 10, 2010 at 7:58 am

    I love the notes app b/c it helps me keep track of the things I need to do, appts I need to keep, shopping lists, etc. It saves me the trouble of constantly looking for those little pieces of paper you jot notes onto and can never actually end up finding in time when you need them!!!

  3. ecochicchick December 10, 2009 at 1:52 am

    My favorite app is the map. It sounds boring, but it’s really helpful! You do not need to shuffle through piles of maps. (precious trees!) It is quick and simple to find your way, there is a blue dot that shows where you are for even faster map reading, and even if you don’t know how to read a map well, the map app is easy!

  4. ecochicchick December 10, 2009 at 1:48 am

    My favorite is the maps. I do not need to carry around 10 different maps trying to figure out where to go. It’s convenient, and it saves the environment!

  5. golmerdanger December 9, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    iMapMyRun is great for tracking cycling and running. You can even see your green stats- dollars in gas saved, gallons saved, CO2 reductions.

  6. golmerdanger December 9, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    iMapMyRun is great for tracking biking and running, and you can even see how much gas, money and C02 you save by commuting.

  7. BarbR7 December 9, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    My favorite app is a combination: reQall now connects directly to my other favorite app Evernote. Not only does reQall eliminate the thousands of pieces of scrap paper I’d use for to-do notes, shopping lists, and reminders, but it searches my Evernote for related items – articles, pictures of items I want, maps, anything I want to remember. Cuts way down on my paper use and keeps me organized so I don’t use as much gas and time running forgotten errands. I love my iPhone and my Evernote/reQall combo.

  8. markomarko December 9, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    flashlight! very handy!

  9. BarbaraChile December 9, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Love my green calculator app. Since I have it, I’ve been able to make footprint calculations for every activity of the day that I can share with my students that do not have iPhones. It’s easy and practical.

  10. Learti December 9, 2009 at 11:55 am

    I like “A Real Tree” most!

  11. Learti December 9, 2009 at 11:54 am

    A Real Tree

  12. JSbach December 7, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Mine would most definitely have to be The New York Times. I love reading the newspaper and before I would always buy one, but now I just read it for free on the go, online! I love my iPhone!

  13. hateflavor December 7, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    The Find Green App: I bought this for my brother on his birthday, at first he said that I was cheap but he uses the thing every day!

  14. emptybooks December 7, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    I use Google maps to find bus routes and departure times on a daily basis since I rid myself of my car.

  15. shradude December 7, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    While I find the Maps app saves a ton of paper (as a lot of other people do as well), I find that the Brushes app satisfies my need to draw and incessentantly doodle while saving paper in my notebook and sketchbook. The app is actually increasing my menial drawing/painting skills with it’s deep tool set. It’s MS Paint x100! This app is all about going green and a lifestyle upgrade.

  16. narrowstreetsla December 7, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    My favorite app? Kindle for iPhone! It’s cut down on my paper tree consumption by more than half.

  17. jeaninedc December 6, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    There’s tons of ways for using the iPhone (and iPod Touch!) for living greener, two things I use a lot are the Google Maps (so I don’t have to print directions out), and the calendar feature so I don’t have to buy an agenda every year. However, my favorite app is LOCAVORE. Locavore gives you a list of produce in season week by week, it helps you locate farmer’s markets and restaurants that serve local food and even lets you see how far away any specific produce was grown. Oh, and it can be used when traveling to keep on eating locally wherever you go!

  18. donnaou December 5, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    It saves me from having to buy a watch cuz theres a clock built in it and it’s better on the environment cuz it’s got many useful things all in one package! This case is beautiful I love natural made things!

  19. Lilian December 5, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    The twitter apps cause i can receive in an easy way the helpful and sustainable tips from other users. And also leave my tips in real time!

  20. ajmiddlebrook December 5, 2009 at 11:49 am

    I think combination of the the notes, amps and camera probably have the biggest imact on my carbon footprint in term of resources saved but I do love the Locavore app for myself- it keeps me in the know about what produce is in season and how to find locally produced sources. For those in my life that are less green, I am always pushing the free app ‘Go Green’. It has a new green tip every time you open it. It really makes people think about their carbon footprint, even if they don’t follow through with every tip. Anyway to raise awareness is a plus!!

  21. rowing guy December 5, 2009 at 11:06 am

    So many to choose from. I love GPS and Farmer’s Market in combo, makes things more efficient, less driving, etc. You can also add Whole Foods Recipes so you know what to get at the Farmers Market. I’m also a big fan of Voice Memos, faster than Notes.

  22. Sunshine December 4, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Notes app hands down, since I have so much to remember. Love it about as much as I would love this bamboo case! Very cool!

  23. mattymatt December 4, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    The greenest app I use is one that came with the phone — I use the maps application nearly every day to find walking and bus routes around San Francisco. Of course, with the series of Muni cutbacks expected this year and next, that may no longer be practical.

  24. greenda December 4, 2009 at 4:55 pm


  25. ellewoods7777 December 4, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    I alwaaaaays use the Google Maps app to help me avoid traffic and save on gas…save me $$$ and the environment, a win-win!

  26. brazenbaretoe December 4, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I love the Good Guide app. It helps when shopping in the grocery store. It tells you what products are environmentally good and now it has a barcode reader that makes looking up items even more convenient.

  27. chazmatz December 4, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    I’m loving gas buddy. I save cash by going to the cheapest gas station, so I get more gas for my dollars. That’s more money for putting towards my bike commuting pursuits.

  28. Geri Greene December 4, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Being able to make notes on the run is my fav application. Saves paper, saves my sanity and saves time.

  29. Snyggs December 4, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    20 minute meals with Jamie Oliver is my favorite green app. For three reasons: The shoppinglist function lets me plan my grocery list without wastin paper; The tasty and quick meals minimizes the amout of carryout and delivery food we order = less trips with the car; Plus, in his recepies, Jamie always reminds us to buy local and organic.

  30. Valarie December 4, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    My favorite green app currently available has to FindGreen (3rdwhale) but I’m actually developing a *new* app that will hopefully help us all be a little more green with our shopping once it’s released in about 2 months! It will tie together green + safety factors, especially for products for our little ones, all in the palm of your hand so keep a look out!

  31. jahannemann December 4, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    iNewz Green for sure! Tons of stuff on there, some of the info I know a lot about, other info bits…I’m glad I’m being informed. It’s right next to all my other big news apps…like USA Today and FOX (HA…ok so the later was just a joke!) :)

  32. xjacklynx December 4, 2009 at 11:19 am

    i love the flashlight app. it helps me find my around the bedroom in the morning without having to turn the light on and wake my husband.

  33. Lea Bogdan December 4, 2009 at 11:15 am

    My favorite app is the CTA Tracker for the Chicago bus system. It tells me exactly how far away the bus it, making public transit even more convenient! Its a major incentive for EVERYONE to use the mass transit system.

  34. Cyndy Dwyer December 3, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    This case would be perfect for me. I am getting my first I-phone next week and had admired this case when I saw it a couple of days ago. Very cool and so me! I also thought the case would be much sturdier than the one my husband currently uses, much more stylish too!

  35. chrishawley December 3, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I love the Google Maps app. It allows me to instantly find local, walkable retail and will show me how to get to these destinations on foot or by transit. It’s an essential tool in the green lifestyle!

  36. knycks December 3, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I love the farmers market app!

  37. tamarawallop December 3, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    The Notes App. Saves Paper, Saves Trees and Always with me! :)

  38. Bridie December 3, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    There are lots of apps that help live a greener life, my particular favourite is Balloon Animals. You just blow them up and pop them time after time with no wasted balloons or rubber. My 14-month daughter loves it. She even helps me with the blowing!

  39. pammigliore December 3, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    I like the mapping applications, specifically Google Maps, because it alerts me when there is traffic and then shortest route to my destination so I”m not sitting in traffic with the car idling away.

  40. zurito December 3, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Definitely iLocavore! After reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma and being a big fan of local shopping and eating, this app fits me to a T!

  41. chrishawley December 3, 2009 at 11:50 am

    I love the Google Maps app – it helps me identify local cafes and restaurants to frequent and tells me how to get there on foot, bike, or transit! It’s an essential tool in the green lifestyle.

  42. marktesch December 3, 2009 at 11:36 am

    I use Twitbird Premium for my tweets. I learn more about being green through Twitter from sites like and other pro-green sites that use Twitter as their medium of communication. Thus I can’t live without Twitbird:)

  43. dpaul420 December 3, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Trying to meet my minimum carbon footprint from my daily commute with Carbon Tracker…

  44. Shelley December 3, 2009 at 10:27 am

    I use Listomni to keep track of everything… to do’s, shopping lists, bills I need to pay, music and movies. Saves paper and keeps everything in one place.

  45. Snafflepuss December 3, 2009 at 6:21 am

    So many apps to choose from! Maps, Lists, BigOven, Locarove, GoodGuide, but I think the greenest app must be Star Walk – you can view the sky in detail from the palm of your hand, and in real time! Not only does it save on expensive and environmentally impactful hardware, but just think of the impact you would make on our beloved planet by jetting off into space every time you wanted to watch the planets!!!

  46. Megan December 3, 2009 at 4:41 am

    well obviously the most environmentally friendly application on my iphone is the maps! saves so much greenhouse gasses in not driving around searching for street signs and wondering where you are!… The bamboo case is the best as there is no application to counter-act clumsiness, and these brilliant little phone should last you a long time..

  47. annuska December 3, 2009 at 2:45 am

    yes, perfect present for Christmas!

  48. ALKURTZIE December 3, 2009 at 2:32 am


  49. JustMike December 3, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Gotta love the Farmer’s Market Finder app right now. It helps me locate all the nearest farmer’s markets here in California. Gives me hours and day each is open.

  50. adie December 3, 2009 at 12:49 am

    wow…that would match my floors!

  51. Yuka Yoneda December 3, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Thanks FaeryBeautiful!

  52. nQuo December 3, 2009 at 12:16 am

    i like the Byline app because it allows me to stay updated on eco news and trends on places like this. :)

  53. faerybeautiful December 3, 2009 at 12:16 am

    This looks awesome! I retweeted. :)

  54. amcmanus December 2, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Trailguru. It keeps track of hiking and biking activities, including GPS positioning of the route, distance, speed, elevation, etc… With that information, I stay motivated to exercise outside, rather than driving to in a car to an air-conditioned gym. I enjoy nature, I save a car ride, and I track my training progress with the data the app tracks.

  55. mihosuz December 2, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    I love the Notes application. I constantly scribble ideas and “to dos” in my iPhone and refer to or e-mail them to others, rather than using a lot of paper.

  56. wenmos33 December 2, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Kindle App for iPhone is my favorite app! Not only can I read a variety of my favorite books, but it cuts down on contributing to the destruction of trees – paperless, more-eco-friendly reading! I love it

  57. hotboa December 2, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    rtorto1 beat me to it, but i have to concur: goodguide is like a shiny new toy. i love watching curious shoppers repress their desire to ask me why i’m holding my phone up to the cleaning supplies.

  58. rtorto1 December 2, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    I love GoodGuide where I can search thousands of products to find out if they’re good or bad when shopping and make smarter decisions. I especially love the new barcode scan feature. It’s great! I have not found an iPhone case that I like and is sustainable until now! Would love this bamboo one.

  59. Ecowarrior December 2, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I think the best app that I have on my Iphone is the map. It’s basic but helps me find my way in the shortest most efficient way. Driving around all day is not my idea of fun, either is all the extra exhaust I create if I get lost. The general map app helps me avoid taking the long way.


  60. dutchpants December 2, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    camera. I take pictures of things I want to remember, I don’t need to write things down and waste paper or look them up on the internet, ie. opening hours.

  61. Tollboy December 2, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    There is a ton of apps that I use that save on printed materials, such as “Bank of America” app. I do not have to get printed banking info everything is right at hand for me to see. I also use “Evernote” ever I need to rember something or jot a note down, no post its anymore.

  62. cornae December 2, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    I use ‘s app for our local public transportation (which includes zero emissions busses and trains). Huge help for a non-car-owning greenie like me! love that case!

  63. c.sommers December 2, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I have been using the notes app to make shopping lists and jot down design ideas. It saves on paper:)

  64. Davidpoole2000 December 2, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I love tweetie (although I’m sure other Twitter clients do a great job also). Where else could I possibly monitor literally thousands of green ideas and innovations each day? Twitter provides the most accessible way of accessing and consuming huge quantities of information in a uniquely time and energy efficient way.

  65. dkolars December 2, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Love the GuitarToolKit app… has a metro-gnome, tuner, chord charts for 6 different instruments. Will also play the chord pictured when the screen is “strummed”… so, don’t need to by separate tuner, gnome, or chord books… much savings there!!

  66. Tim from Texas December 2, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Lists from Mobilityware is simpleand straight-forward and allows me to consolidate trips. One trip to Wally World a month is enough!

  67. CelloGirl December 2, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    I love the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch app. I can check which fish I can feel good about buying while I’m at the fish counter at the market. Very helpful!

  68. rmb December 2, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    If this bamboo case is “a perfect gift for that special someone on my list” than the person wishing to win it may not *have* and iPhone and could therefore not have a favourite iPhone app. Sigh.

  69. ecobridal December 2, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Though it comes standard with the iPhone, the Maps app keeps me green because it saves wasted paper and ink on printing out directions when I’m going somewhere new. I use it quite often :)

  70. kadnpt December 2, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    i love the 3rd Whale iPhone app. it assists me in finding green businesses when i’m doing my shopping, and with the holidays coming, i expect to rely on it. best of all, it’s free!

  71. alisonhortig December 2, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    The “Flashlight” App has been incredibly useful to me as of late, wandering through dark covered archaeological sites, it gives me an ideal glow of light that doesn’t require harsh power draining floodlights. Not only does it allow me to use less power, be free of a tethered flood light draining power from grid, or having yet another mass produced product like a flashlight, but by using the Flashlight app on my iPhone, I have no need to use batteries other than my iPhone itself (which is rechargeable)!

  72. taylen24 December 2, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    i actually just read about this one the other day so perfect timing on the post! 3rdwhale’s FindGreen app is the yelp of green treasures in major cities! from finance to food there’s always a better option so why not find it with a couple finger flicks (much better than the electricity used surfing the web!) best feature: you can find place within “walking or biking distance” instead of driving! if they don’t have anything, you can add your favorite green place to the app! pure greeny awesomeness :)

  73. citikate December 2, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    GoodGuide! Rates thousands of products–I seem to use the personal care list more than the food list, but overall it’s really easy to use and has an extensive data base. Two thumbs up.

  74. iPhone Monster December 2, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    I love “A Real Tree” because it’s a pet tree that I can watch change with the seasons on my phone, but it also supports reforestation by giving money to plant trees in the real world!

  75. wickedneat December 2, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    ‘groceries’ is my favorite app for greening- keeps me from over-purchasing veggies that might go bad before i can eat them, organizes my trip to the store so i don’t need additional trips, and lets me send the list to my partner so if he’s out and about he can get the groceries. (again, saved trips in the car!)

    i think people underestimate how much food we waste by buying too much or not organizing for more efficient shopping. here’s to efficiency!!

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