Rediscovering Sustainability with Catalyst 


Climate Change is a global problem

"Did you know more than 151 million cell phones end up in US landfills each year?"

When you think of mitigating Climate Change & Reducing your Carbon Footprint, you probably think of driving less & turning out the lights.

Today, e-Waste from old & broken devices makes up ~70% of all hazardous waste in landfills.

In fact, experts estimate the total amount of e-waste generated around the world reached a record 57.4 million tons in 2021-- that is more than the weight of the Great Wall of China. If we keep this pace, e-waste is expected to increase by up to 4% each year, reaching 74 million tons by 2030.


e-Waste Causes Serious Environmental & Social Harm

e-Waste is a problem because:

  1. Electronics contain Heavy Metals and Toxic Chemicals
  2. Improper recycling causes Air, Soil & Water Pollution
  3. Toxins seep out & impact Marine Life
  4. Mining for Rare Metals for New Devices is causing Habitat Loss and reducing Biodiversity
  5. Toxic chemicals can be absorbed & impact Human Health
  6. Toxins can end up in our Food & Pollute Water
  7. e-Waste recycling in Developing Countries takes advantage of Child Labor

Our Focus

Extend the Life, Reduce Damage, Repurpose, Reuse, Resell or Trade In and Recycle & Dispose of it properly

To reduce the Impact, you can:

  1. Extend the life of your device. The more protective the case, the less likely your phone is to crack, shatter, break, or be put out of commission by water damage.
  2. Repair your device. Don't buy a new phone, just repair it.
  3. Repurpose your old device as a Hand-me Down or reuse it for another purpose.
  4. Trade it in so the device manager takes it back or Recycle It or Dispose of it properly. Don't throw it in the garbage bin as that has a huge impact.
  5. Prevent it from Damage! Put it in a protective case.
At Catalyst, we engineer our cases to protect your phone in even the most rugged environments, knowing we can easily handle your everyday bumps and mishaps.

Our Total Protection Cases are 500% more waterproof than the leading competitor and provide more than 1.5x more drop protection. Our phone cases are even designed with our Crux Gear Anti-Drop Accessories to prevent drops before they happen. 

These designs are meant to protect devices, so they last longer, and fewer phones end up in landfills each year. We do not use recycled content in our cases because the material properties change and if our cases break on drops, are less durable and less protective, it is not good for the environment. Our cases are designed to prolong the lifetime of the electronic devices since they increase use (we have added features and benefits so you can do more with what you have) while prolonging the lifetime of materials-intensive assets in devices. This strategy reduces the overall impact on GHG emissions, as the alternative is more environmentally damaging.

Our Commitments:

We will do our part. Our products are ultra protective. Some products can’t be manufactured with recycled materials without losing quality, performance or durability.

We will not waiver on our commitment to quality and performance. 

However, for our packaging, which is often single use, we will actively seek out and adopt opportunities to become more sustainable as a company and contribute to the global effort to support an environmentally healthy future. 

In an effort to be as environmentally responsible as possible, Catalyst has reduced the amount of packaging materials by redesigning our packaging so that it contains at least 50% recycled materials by 2030. We improved labeling for end-of-life handling so that more materials are sorted, separated so they can be effectively recycled.

Science Based Targets

Catalyst is reducing the amount headed to landfills by:

  1. Aligning our organizational purpose, strategy and business model, setting business goals and evidence-based targets, measuring and reporting progress.
  2. Using Science Based Targets to reduce GHG emissions across our core operations and value chain by 2050.
  3. Redesigning our packaging to ensure that it is recyclable and fits into local collection and recovery systems.
  4. Light weighting to reduce the amount of materials used, improve production efficiency, and reduce carbon footprint in supply chain.
  5. Engaging our suppliers to reduce carbon emissions from packaging materials and ingredients.
  6. Reducing the amount of single-use plastic packaging where possible.
  7. Using packaging made from at least 50% recycled material by 2030.
  8. Labelling to improve recycling recovery rates by giving our customers the information they need to correctly separate and dispose of our packaging.
  9. Reducing waste and considering the impact of managing the product throughout its lifecycle for reuse and continual recycling.

Every contribution to this global effort helps.  If we ALL do our part, we can move this Great Wall.