Nimble

Tech For Good

Who They Are

Nimble co-founders Ross, Jon, and Kevin are on a mission: to demonstrate a better path for the tech industry. It’s estimated that there will be 50 million tonnes of e-waste discarded each year. Nimble aims to combat this by taking traditional products and accessories for mobile devices and producing them using recycled plastics and sustainably sourced materials, all while staying up to date on the latest features. They’re setting a new standard for tech companies across the world to follow!

By creating a sustainable, better for the world alternative, Nimble hopes to change the way people think about technology manufacturing. Their main goal is to encourage consumers to pay attention to how much e-waste they create, and find ways to make more mindful choices around technology. They believe that everyone deserves to know how their products are made, where they come from, and the impact they have on the world.


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Why We Like Them

Not only do we love that Nimble creates sustainable tech alternatives, they also have programs set in place to help the company stay true to their mission and values. 80% of a Nimble product’s environmental impact is decided at the design stage. By making an effort in the design stage versus waiting until manufacturing means that the company can ensure that the products stay true to their sustainable mission from start to finish.

At the center of Nimble’s mission is turning to sustainable materials for their products and packaging. We love that they use recycled plastic, organic hemp, recycled aluminum, and plant-based bioplastic as alternatives to virgin metals and plastics. These recycled materials require less energy to produce than those used in traditional technology manufacturing. To top it off, their packing is 100% plastic free and made from 100% recycled paper, meaning it’s both recyclable and compostable! Tech producers worldwide, take notes!

They also created a One For One Tech Recovery project, where they’ll recycle one pound of e-waste for every one product sold! For every Nimble item you purchase (yes, even on EarthHero!) you’ll get a free envelope, and you can click here to fill out a form to receive a return label to recycle up to one pound of e-waste for free! Nimble also knows that not all recycling programs are the same, which is why they’ve chosen to work with Homeboy Electronics. Homeboy Electronics offers certified recycling and data destruction for businesses, government organizations, and residences while providing permanent jobs for men and women who face systemic barriers to employment

Nimble walks the walk in all ways. They’re a certified B-corp, like us, meaning they’re required to meet rigorous social and environmental standards in all aspects of their business. They’re also a member of 1% for the Planet, committing at least 1% of their annual sales to environmental nonprofits. As part of their Tech for Good initiative, they consider all stakeholders in every business decision they make including employees, customers, community, and the environment.

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    Recyclable
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    B Corp
  • 1% for the Planet
    1% for the Planet
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
    Sustainable Manufacturing
  • BPA Free
    BPA Free
  • Plant Based Resin
    Plant Based Resin
  • Organic Hemp
    Organic Hemp
  • Recycled Aluminum
    Recycled Aluminum
  • Recycled PET Fabric
    Recycled PET Fabric

This product contains recyclable materials. It may be recyclable with curbside recycling collections, but might need to be sent to a special recycling facility. Contact your local waste-hauler or recycling facility for details. Appropriate facilities may not exist in your area.

The B Lab is a third-party, non-profit organization that certifies companies as socially and environmentally responsible. B Corps are businesses that go above and beyond traditional business models and aim to create positive change in the world through their practices. These companies must meet rigorous transparency and accountablity standards, while doing what is best for people and the environment.

This company partners with 1% for the Planet, a nonprofit organization that helps promote environmental stewardship. Members commit to donating at least 1% of their sales to the program, which helps connect them to high-impact environmental nonprofits across the globe.

Some or all of the energy used to make this product is produced via renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, or hydropower.

Products that are labeled as BPA free do not contain Bisphenol A, a chemical commonly found in plastic products. Studies on BPA exposure have shown that high levels of BPA could lead to hormone disruption, effects on behavior and brain function, reproductive problems, breast cancer, heart disease, infertility, and more.

Plant Based Resins are used as an alternative to fully-synthetic plastics. Instead of using Petroleum as the main base ingredient to form plastic, some companies have started replacing a portion of the ingredients with plant and vegetable extracts. This lowers the amount of resources extracted to create purely synthetic products, and often provides a use for agricultural byproducts such as corn or flax. Some plant based resins are made from 100% plant materials, and can be composted in industrial facilities. EarthHero recommends checking with your local compost facility to determine which items are safe to compost.

This high-yield crop grows quickly and doesn’t rely on harsh pesticides and fertilizers, making it a dependable renewable resource. The cannabis plant produces more fiber per acre than common textile crops like cotton and flax, and actually adds nutrients to the soil instead of depleting them! Organic hemp farming promotes healthy land use and reduces harmful chemical runoff. Hemp is strong, breathable, and moisture wicking, and it requires minimal dye during fabric production due to its high absorbency qualities.

Recycling scrap aluminum uses just 5% of the energy required to create virgin aluminum. When first-time aluminum is manufactured, the extraction, transportation, and processing required uses large amounts of energy, emits CO2, and degrades the natural environment due to deforestation and mining. Recycling aluminum not only reduces these harmful consequences, but also decreases the amount of aluminum taking up space in landfills. Best of all, aluminum maintains the same properties each time it is recycled, so it can be transformed into new materials indefinitely.

Recycled PET utilizes salvaged post-industrial PET scraps and post-consumer products such as water bottles and other plastic containers. These plastics are dried, crushed, and spun into yarn in order to create recycled PET fabric, or polyester. By providing a use for recycled plastics, companies encourage recycling programs worldwide, while adding new value to discarded items. Currently, over half of virgin PET production goes towards making textiles, so by utilizing recycled PET, post-consumer materials are both diverting waste while taking the place of raw materials. This helps to reduce the demand for the extraction of oil, as well as energy used to produce new synthetic fibers.

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