Eco-Train partners with PLAEX Building Systems

Eco-train is thrilled to announce a partnership with PLAEX Building Systems to provide the most sustainable end-of-use solution for old phone and tablet cases.  I recently met with PLAEX’s CEO and Founder, Dustin Bowers to see if phone and tablet cases could be used as a feed stock material for their proprietary composite building materials.

After some preliminary testing – all signs point to YES!    Going forward, all phone and tablet cases collected by our eastern Canadian retail partners will now be sent to PLAEX.   The team at PLAEX will  incorporate these materials into their proprietary composite, interlocking building systems. 

PLAEX has worked together with the construction industry to create a robust system that can meet and exceed industry standards, as well as stand up to the increasing environmental demands created by climate change.

Eco-Train is proud to offer the wireless industry a ground breaking solution for the PLASTIC WASTE generated by the Phone Case Industry.

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Canada Wide “Emission Free” Tour 2021

Eco-train is excited to announce the first leg of Canada wide “Emission Free” Tour is now complete.  Bob visited with cell phone dealers all across Canada to talk about SHARED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY and how the CIRCULAR ECONOMY provides the best model to eliminate plastic waste generated by the phone case industry.  Bob continues to make his way back to Vancouver, continuing to add retailers to the program so that consumers will have the ability to recycle their old phone and tablet cases, no matter where they live in Canada.
Eco-Train utilized the Tesla Trans-Canada Supercharger network while generating ZERO EMISSIONS along the way.
The full trip from Vancouver to Halifax and back is documented on the following social media pages.
Instagram – @eco_train
Facebook – @CanadaEcoTrain
LinkedIn – @Bob Cain

Retailers subscribe through the following wireless accessory distribution partners.


Some of the amazing Retail, Distributor and Brand partners along the way.

British Columbia – Canada

Tom Harris Cellular – TELUS
Andres Wireless – TELUS
City Furniture – TELUS
Powered up by Tesla in Revelstoke BC

Alberta – Canada

Phone Experts – TELUS

Saskatchewan, Canada

SaskTel – SaskTel
The Wireless Age – SaskTel
SaskTel Store
Manitoba – Canada
Advance Cellular 
4L Communications – TELUS

Ontario – Canada

Touch Unwired – TBayTel
SPECK – Silver Brand Sponsor
Teletron – BELL
Cesium Telecom and Blu Element – Distribution Partner and Silver Brand Sponsor
Otterbox and Lifeproof – Gold Brand Sponsors
Select Wireless – TELUS and KOODO
Parliament Hill – Ottawa

Quebec- Canada

Cooperative Edouard Montpetit

Group Brien – Videotron
Axessorize and Mellow – Distribution partner and Gold Brand Sponsor
Videotron Boutique
Mobile Shop – National Retailer
Cesium Telecom – Distribution Partner
Cellulaire Mobile – ROGERS and FIDO
Cellulaire Mobile – ROGERS and FIDO

New Brunswick, Canada

Jump+  – National Premium Apple Retailer
PLAEX Building Systems

Nova Scotia, Canada

Mobile Snap – National Retailer
Mobile Snap
Made it!

Vancouver to Halifax – Complete

Eco-Train brings multiple Brands, Distributors and Retailers together to eliminate the plastic waste generated by the Phone Case Industry.

Canada is a beautiful and diverse country, both culturally and geographically.  Here are some of the amazing things I experienced along the way.

  • 2 Oceans (Pacific and Atlantic)
  • 4 Mountain ranges (Coastal, Selkirk, Rockies and Appalachian)
  • The Prairies
  • 4 Great Lakes (Superior, Huron, Erie and Ontario)
  • Canadian Shield, Georgian Bay, French River, St. Laurence Seaway and Fundy tides
  • 8 Provinces (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia)
  • 4 Time Zones
  • 32 Tesla Charging stations – $365 total cost

Business Accomplished

  • 20 retail partner visits
  • 18 meetings with potential new partners.
  • Secured partnership with PLAEX Building Systems

Recreation along the way

  • Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Paddle boarding
  • Golfing
  • Camping

Seeing family and friends in Niagara after 16 months of pandemic travel restrictions – PRICELESS!!

1 Atlantic Lobster eaten.

 I LOVE Canada!

Check back for more updates as Bob continues the “Emission Free” Tour back across Canada to Vancouver, BC!

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World Oceans Day – Social Media Campaign 2021

One Ocean, One Climate, One Future – Together

On World Ocean Day, people everywhere can celebrate and take action for our shared ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, community, and /or your company, and join with millions of others around our blue planet to start creating a better future.

By working together, we can — and will — protect and restore our shared ocean. Join this growing global celebration in June and continue to grow the engagement year-round!



  1.   Sign the 30×30 Petition
  2.   Plan your event
  3.   Download Resources
  4.   Share on Social Media

Eco-Train is proud to offer our 2021 Brand Sponsors, Distribution and Retail Partners an number of digital resources to help spread the word about World Oceans Day.

  1. Pre-formatted, high resolution images and videos for Social Media (Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter etc.) to choose from.

2.  Pre-formatted, high resolution images created by also available.

3. Loads of stunning, raw images to work with to create your own World Oceans Day posts.

2021 Phone Case Recovery partners gain access to all of this and more through the Eco-Train Social Media Asset Locker.

  1.  Log In
  2.  Select the World Oceans Day 2021 folder
  3.  Download content and begin creating your WOD2021 Social Media Awareness Campaign
  4.  Schedule your social media marketing calendar accordingly to help spread awareness about this important cause


Learn More about World Oceans Day HERE


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First-ever national Phone Case Recycling Program

Just in time for Global Recycling Day, Canada’s Eco-Train unites phone case industry (brands, distributors, and retailers alike) in a call-to-action for shoppers to recycle old cellphone cases

Eco-Train continues its mission to support earth-friendly products with the launch of Canada’s first-ever national recycling program for cellphone cases. The first-of-its-kind Phone Case Recycling Program arrives just in time for Global Recycling Day, Thursday March 18 and unites major mobile accessory brands, retailers, and distributors in a collaborative effort to eliminate landfill waste.

Did you know that more than 31 million Canadians own a smartphone? (statista)We all rely on phone cases to protect our most indispensable device. These phone cases contribute to our world’s plastic pollution, ending up in landfills coast-to-coast at an unthinkable rate, in fact:

  • The average length of smartphone ownership in Canada is 26 months
  • An average consumer uses 2-3 different cases in that device’s lifetime of 26 months
  • That means over 35 million phone cases are used in a year, with no disposal solution – until now
  • You may think when you drop your phone case in the blue bin that it will be recycled – it will not. Recycling depots do not process phone cases, sustainably made or otherwise

Although future-forward mobile accessory brands including LifeProof, Gear4, Mellow and Pela are already producing sustainably made phone cases to satisfy green-friendly shoppers, without the Phone Case Recovery Program, they are all destined for landfill.

It is Eco-Train’s goal to educate business and consumers about the severity of the global plastic pollution crisis, while offering a sustainable solution.

Here’s how it works

Eco-Train, in collaboration with mobile accessory distributors and retailers across Canada has created a network of retail collection points that is expanding daily, check this store locator for the closest location to you. Consumers are encouraged to bring their obsolete, out-of-date phone cases, all materials welcome except those containing batteries or made of metal, to their participating local retailer for recycling.

What it means to be an Eco-Train PLATINUM Sponsor.

  1. ASTM D6400 Certified Compostable.
  2. Must contain zero plastic in the packaging, no poly bags in shipments.
  3. Use bio-based ink for printed graphics on products and/or packaging.
  4. Brand donates a % of profit to Eco Non-Profit organizations – 1% For the Planet
  5. Brand helps pay for back end sorting, shredding and preparation of all other non-recyclable cases collected to be put towards a “Waste to Energy” co-processing program.
  6. Brand agrees to take back all their cases recovered through the program to be recycled for rebirth into new products or properly composted in an industrial compost facility.

What it means to be an Eco-Train GOLD Sponsor.

  1. Products must be either ASTM D6400 Certified Compostable or made with a minimum of 50% post consumer recycled plastic.
  2. Must contain zero plastic in the packaging, no poly bags in shipments.
  3. Brand donates a % of profit to Eco Non-Profit organizations.
  4. Brand helps pay for back end sorting, shredding and preparation of all non-recyclable cases collected to be put towards a “Waste to Energy” co-processing program.

What it means to be an Eco-Train SILVER Sponsor.

  1. Silver Sponsorship is open to any case brand doing their part to help pay for the back end sorting, shredding and preparation of all non-recyclable cases collected to be put towards a “Waste to Energy” co-processing program.

Find the closest Eco-Train retail partner HERE

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The Circular Economy

The linear way our economies use and dispose of resources is increasingly putting pressure on our natural systems, communities, and public health. Transitioning to a clean economy starts with finding smart new approaches and technologies that create economic opportunities out of the materials we might otherwise throw away.

The circular economy is a new way of doing business that extracts as much value as possible from resources by recycling, repairing, reusing, repurposing, or refurbishing products and materials—eliminating waste and greenhouse gas emissions at the design stage. Businesses can use circular designs to save money or open up new market opportunities, from turning pulp-and-paper-mill waste into renewable bioproducts, to launching product buy-back programs that enhance customer interaction and recover usable materials. This movement has been gaining global momentum in recent years.

Simply put, by participating in the circular economy, communities, businesses, and people—of all ages and from all walks of life—are rethinking the potential value of materials and products before they become waste. The circular economy is finding ways to move toward greener, more sustainable options that support a cleaner and more competitive economy.

The long-term goal of the circular economy is to design out the concept of waste.

Learn more from the Government of Canada – HERE

World Circular Economy Forum 2021

The 2021 edition of the landmark circular economy event of the year, the World Circular Economy Forum, will be held in Toronto, Ontario, at the Beanfield Centre, from September 13 to 15.

Canadian businesses and the circular economy

The Canadian business community is at the forefront of reimagining the way we use our resources.

Get involved in the Circular Economy

Some examples of creative ways to recycle or repurpose items, reduce food waste, and repair things instead of throwing them out.


Ellen MacArthur Foundation

National Zero Waste Council 

Circular Innovation Council

Recycling Council of BC

Plastics Pact – New Plastics Economy

Canada Plastics Pact 

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Waste Reduction Week in Canada

Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a year-round program, focused solely on the principles of circular economy, resource efficiency, and waste reduction. The program’s primary purpose is to celebrate our environmental efforts and achievements while encouraging new innovative ideas and solutions. The celebratory nature of the campaign is how its motivates learning and behavior change.

The program’s educational resources and “take action” messaging empower all Canadians to adopt more environmentally conscious choices. Waste Reduction Week in Canada further provides information and ideas to reduce waste in all facets of daily living, creating the solutions to the many environmental challenges we face including climate change, water pollution and preservation of natural resources.

The Circular Economy exists to take care of old and unwanted things or else sooner or later we’ll be swimming in litter. Recycle your old phone case with the eco-train Case Recovery Program.

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Lifeproof WAKE protects your device and the planet!

The LifeProof WAKE protective case features a fashion forward wave pattern and 2-meter drop protection, all in an ultra-thin one-piece design made from over 85% ocean based recycled plastic.

WAKE is LifeProof’s first case made from recycled plastics, over 85% of which comes from ocean based recycled plastic, including fishing nets and ropes.

Fishing nets and many other recoverable plastics make up a massive portion of all plastics currently in the ocean. LifeProof WAKE cases are the only case in the Canadian market that recycle ocean plastics and turn them into stylish and sustainable cases, without sacrificing performance.

Why Make a Case from Recycled Fishing Nets?

Why do anything? Because it’s the right thing to do. While much of Canada has focused on ridding the world of plastic straws, which made up less than 1 percent of all plastics in the ocean, abandoned fishing nets and other harmful plastics make up a much greater percentage of all waste in the ocean.

What the United Nations is Saying

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, there are 640,000 tonnes of “ghost” fishing nets currently in our oceans which is equal to more than 10 percent of all plastic in the sea.

If these types of plastics are not recaptured, they will break down and turn into micro plastics which fish and other sea mammals will ingest. That’s why LifeProof Wake is prepared to make waves not only in their case’s design, but in the circular economy the world is working towards today.

A portion of all proceeds from cases sold will also go back to helping with clean water related causes and it all comes in a recyclable packaging.



  • Made from over 85% ocean based recycled plastic
  • Unique wave-pattern aesthetic
  • Clean, one-piece construction
  • Doesn’t interfere with displays or cameras
  • Drop Proof up to 2 meters
  • Styled with a subtle wave pattern
  • 100% recyclable packaging


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NEW Clear compostable cases from Pela!

Pela is a Canadian company headquartered in Kelowna BC that creates sustainable, plant-based alternatives to conventional plastic products. They created the world’s first ever fully compostable phone case. Now they have created the world’s first ever CLEAR 100% compostable phone case. The cases offer Military-Grade Drop Protection for your device and are available in multiple colors.

Pela also supports the Circular Economy in Canada by sponsoring the eco-train Case Recovery Program. Pela cases that are returned through the program are returned back to Pela for re-use or industrial composting.

Pela aims to remove 1 BILLION POUNDS of plastic from the waste stream by 2028 – That’s an agresive and very impressive goal!

These cases are available now with free shipping anywhere in Canada at

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NEW Compostable protective case from Uunique London

The Unnique NUTRISITI Series Eco-Guard Case offers durability and an eco-conscious design that is 100% biodegradable/compostable.

The Uunique Nutrisiti Eco-Guard Case features a dual injection design with a smooth matte finish for a professional smart look. The 2mm thickness gives users the slim design they want, with all of the drop protection (up to 6ft.) they need. The reinforced raised edge protects the users screen from meeting the pavement while the one-piece design offers an effortless and snug fit to the contours of the phone.

NUTRISITI cases are made with customised blends of 100% biodegradable/compostable polymers and plant-based materials.

1% of Purchase Will Help Save The Planet

Uunique London has committed 1% to help leading globally recognised eco-charities & relief organisations working for the betterment of our environment and oceans.

Plastic Free – Zero Waste

Shipment packaging is plastic free and entirely recyclable. Uunique NUTRISITI is supplied as an eco-friendly solution and includes sustainable uncoated packaging that is printed with soy-ink and uses natural glue ingredients.



    • 6ft. Military Drop Protection
    • 100% Biodegradable/Compostable
    • 2mm Thickness – Slim Contoured Protection
    • Reinforced Raised Screen Edge Protection
    • Grooved for Grip & Protection
    • Supports Qi Wireless Charging
    • Access to All Ports and Buttons



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