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

March 06, 2015 1 min read



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?

Do you HOLD your phone with your left hand?  If so, you'll want to request a LEFTY Loopy!  It's no problem because we make them, too! :)

In short, the hand that grabs your phone (most of the time) is the orientation you want for your Loopy Case.

All Loopy Cases are righties by default.  If you'd like a left-handed Loopy, please choose Lefty in the drop-down menu!  Returning Lefty customers: We now use this new drop-down system and no longer use cart order notes for Lefty noting as of summer 2020! :)

Additional Info:

Having trouble deciding?  Simply answer 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 :)

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.