Recycle your old phone and save the Rainforest? Check out how..

March 06, 2015



Topher White found an issue while in Borneo Rainforest:  Deforestation was happening around every corner and while there were laws and Rangers in place to stop this, they simply had trouble finding these loggers before it was too late.  He found that a group of loggers could be hard at work only a block away and, due to the thickness of the forest and the incredible cacophony of sounds it's life produces, the Rangers could not even hear the chainsaws in action.  But with this major problem, Topher had a great solution..


Attach used cell phones to trees to monitor the sounds of the rainforest, strictly for chainsaw noises.


Topher re-purposes used cell phones, which millions of people discard every year, to be our ears in the rainforest and help us stop deforestation in real time, rather than waiting until it is too late.  His innovation is incredible and proven to be solving a huge issue that people often forget about.  Check out his TED talk below (~9 min) and hear his cool story on how it all came together.



If you're like us and want to send him your used cell phones sitting in that endless drawer at home, here's a link to his website with the address.  Don't worry, he'll wipe the phones clean before using them as well.



Hold Your Phone with Your Left Hand?

Not a problem!


Below are some frequently asked questions to help you decide if a lefty model Loopy is for you.  In short, it's all about which hand you predominantly HOLD your phone with :)


If you'd like to purchase a left-handed Loopy, simply type out 'LEFTY' in your order during checkout in the notes section. If you're ordering multiple Loopy Cases, please note which models you'd like a LEFTY version of as well.


(Please click any question to expand the answer)

Do I need a left-handed model Loopy?

The best way to decide whether you need a left-handed version is answered by this question: which hand do you hold your phone with MOST of the time? If the left hand, please request a LEFTY model via the instructions above. If the right hand, no note is needed since this is the default orientation for Loopy :)


What is the difference between a lefty and righty Loopy?

The loop angle. We set the loop at a specific angle for the most comfort and best performance of your case. You can see the loop angle below:


LEFTY Loopy Example

LEFTY Loopy Example

RIGHTY Loopy Example

RIGHTY Loopy Example

Can I still use my phone with my right hand if I get a lefty model?

Absolutely. Most of us here at Loopy HQ use our cases with both hands with EASE. Our loops are made to be comfortable and versatile for use with both of your hands. The loop angle is simply there to give you maximum comfort with your dominant hand, but does not hinder your ability to use it with the other.


I'm right-handed but use my phone with my left hand. Should I get a lefty?

Think about the question within the first FAQ question written here. This should help you determine what is best for you!


Anything else I should know?

Keep in mind that you will be able to use your phone one-handed with a Loopy. This is a game changer! Using your phone one-handed is awesome. Select your dominant hand based on the info above and you shouldn't have a problem at all :)