A Better Future for Screen Protection
“Glass comes from natural materials, and is infinitely recyclable. Glass products shouldn’t add plastic waste to our ecosystem.”
The Current State of Screen Protection
According to a recent study, over 100 million phones are damaged each year because of accidental drops - the #1 cause of harm to all handheld devices.
As more consumers accept the reality of high-priced smartphones, screen protector sales are set to explode between 2022 and 2030 due to increasing concern over screen damage caused by high-impact drops and scratches. With the average cost to replace a broken phone screen falling between $70-$400, a good screen protector is now the top choice for consumers over all other smartphone accessories available today.
For most people, it’s just better to have a cracked screen protector than a pricey bill to fix your phone.
The Rise of Tempered Glass Screen Protectors
Due to its superior risk-reduction capabilities, tempered glass is now the most popular material for manufacturing screen protectors. As a result, sales of tempered glass screen protectors is expected to increase dramatically. In 2021, tempered glass options already accounted for over 90% of screen protector purchases.
Tempered glass is created to be significantly stronger and safer than untreated glass. It’s heated to extreme temperatures, then an accelerated cooling process hardens the glass to the point where its physical and chemical properties change. This bonds and compacts the molecules together making it super durable, allowing for the glass to withstand intense abuse which gives it better protection against scratches and high-impact damage.
The oleophobic layer on tempered glass also reduces fingerprints and gives the smartphone the sense of real glass while in use, while also reducing glass and scatter reflections.
The Unfortunate Reality of Screen Protection Packaging
As a percent of product weight, the average retail packaging for screen protection uses 12 times more single-use plastic than any other mobile accessory. This includes chargers, cases, cables, etc.
A More Responsible Path for Screen Protection
With our new lineup of SUSTAIN GLASS™ Screen Protection for the iPhone 14 Series, we’ve avoided using any single-use plastic components for packaging and installation, and added yet another REPLAY™ Certified Material to our collection: Recycled Glass.
Since 2018, we’ve taken this approach by using recycled materials for all Nimble products. Then in 2020, we introduced REPLAY to establish a new standard for personal tech manufacturing. If you see a Nimble product is “Made from REPLAY,” you know it’s both made with certified recycled waste, and tested to meet the highest global standards for safety and reliability.
“Compared to producing virgin glass for new products, using recycled glass in manufacturing conserves raw materials, requires 30% less energy to create, and reduces CO2 emissions by up to 50%.”
Recyclability of Glass
Glass recycling is the processing of waste glass into new, usable products such as glass bottles, or as an aggregate to make concrete that’s stronger, better for thermal insulation, and more aesthetically pleasing.
Among many impressive traits, one incredible glass fact is that it’s 100% recyclable. Glass can be infinitely reused without loss in quality or purity as it’s capable of withstanding endless crush-melt cycles. Compared to producing virgin glass for new products, using waste glass in manufacturing conserves raw materials, requires 30% less energy to create, and reduces CO2 emissions by up to 50%.
For SUSTAIN GLASS, we’ve opted to use waste glass that is crushed for remelting, which reduces the volume of waste sent to landfills.
SUSTAIN GLASS is made of 45% recycled glass, and treated to create an HD tempered glass that’s 5 times stronger than other screen protectors.
Plastic and Glass Don’t Mix
Glass is derived from natural and abundant materials such as sand, soda ash, and limestone that are melted at very high temperature to form a new material. When heated, it’s structurally similar to liquid allowing it to be easily shaped into any design.
For this reason, we don’t believe glass products should add to the amount of plastic waste contaminating our fragile ecosystem.
SUSTAIN GLASS packaging is fully recyclable, and made from 100% recycled paper pulp (with no metal or UV enhancements) to create an inventive, low-impact packaging solution that still looks and feels contemporary, and is truly recyclable.
Unlike application trays included in most screen protectors sold today, we designed a simple, yet reliably accurate installation system for SUSTAIN GLASS that’s entirely free of single-use plastic.
Experience the difference of SUSTAIN GLASS Screen Protection. Available at gonimble.com.