Vegan iPhone case: KMP Green Up Protective Bookcase for the iPhone XS in the test

The bookcase from KMP is a classic fold-out cover that also protects the iPhone display thanks to the microfiber coating on the inside (photos. Sir Apfelot).

As a rule, I politely decline when manufacturers want to send me a case for a test. These are mostly cheap products made of PU or silicone, like the ones you can find hundreds of times on Amazon for five to ten euros. However, I was happy to make an exception with the case from KMP, because special attention was paid to environmentally friendly processes and materials during the production of this case. Hence the name "GreenUp protective book case”.

The bookcase from KMP is a classic fold-out cover that also protects the iPhone display thanks to the microfiber coating on the inside (photos. Sir Apfelot).
The bookcase from KMP is a classic fold-out cover that also protects the iPhone display thanks to the microfiber coating on the inside (photos. Sir Apfelot).

The form: fold-out cover with card compartment

The KMP Green Up case is a “bookcase”. This means that it has a hinged lid that protects the display. There's also a compartment on the inside of the lid for storing paper money and credit cards, which I personally like as I don't use a wallet and usually keep a bank card and some paper money in my quad-lock case behind the iPhone stuck. The bookcase from KMP is the better solution.

On the inside of the lid there is a compartment in which you can put credit cards or cash in bills.
On the inside of the lid there is a compartment in which you can put credit cards or cash in bills.

What does “Green Up” stand for?

I once asked KMP what the Green Up product line is all about. The answer was:

We have two concepts for our new product line “green up”:
1. Products in which we replace controversial components such as real leather with environmentally friendly alternatives.
2. If there is nothing to replace, we will design the product so that it is easier to recycle.

The implementation of these two concepts ensures that a comparison of the Green Up products - and in this case the iPhone case - shows some clear differences to products from competitors. The Green Up products usually have these advantages:

  • Less chemicals
  • Less adhesives
  • Bio-based dyes
  • Eucalyptus-based emollients
  • No polyester / microplastic
  • STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX
  • Organic cotton as a base (GOTS certified)
  • NO real leather
  • The end product is 100% vegan

Design and workmanship

The workmanship of the case is very good. There are no seams that could open and the edges of the vegan leather are cleanly cut. This means that the case lies comfortably in the hand. The iPhone is completely protected in the case and the corners are also safe from bumps.

With other bookcases I have already had the case that the iPhone was inserted in them, but the corners could still have been damaged if I fell. You don't have to worry about that with the KMP Bookcase.

Here you can see the KMP bookcase open (lid folded back) and closed.
Here you can see the KMP bookcase open (lid folded back) and closed.

The cover of the case closes with magnets and stays closed in your pocket. So the iPhone display is permanently protected. A small part protrudes from the side so that the bookcase can be opened easily. You can push this up with your thumb and even open the cover of the bookcase with one hand. Of course, this only works really well for right-handers ... For left-handers, the lid should open to the right.

The inside of the lid is coated with soft microfibre. Damage to the display due to a rough surface is therefore excluded.

The soft microfiber fabric on the inside prevents damage to the iPhone display when the cover of the case is closed.
The soft microfiber fabric on the inside prevents damage to the iPhone display when the cover of the case is closed.

Practical: Can be set up for YouTube and Netflix

A practical feature that is particularly popular at breakfast is the ability to set up the iPhone in landscape mode. This allows you - contrary to the recommendations of the German Nutrition Society - to watch a YouTube video or a film on Netflix at breakfast. However, I have not found a stable installation position in portrait format.

Since there is no fixed grid, the iPhone can be set up at different angles. The construction holds very well, as the case in which the iPhone is inserted does not slip off the microfiber surface.
Since there is no fixed grid, the iPhone can be set up at different angles. The construction holds very well, as the case in which the iPhone is inserted does not slip off the microfiber surface.

 

The iPhone can be set up in the Green Up Bookcase with a handle in landscape format, for example to consume videos.
The iPhone can be set up in the Green Up Bookcase with a handle in landscape format, for example to consume videos.

Qi-compatible: wireless charging despite the case

An important aspect for owners of the newer iPhones is that the case does not interfere with wireless charging. Despite the case, I was able to charge the iPhone XS using my Qi charging pad. This works because no metal parts were built into the back of the KMP Green Up Bookcase.

Why a vegan iPhone case?

I also think that the case is completely vegan. Perhaps you have already noticed that I tend to hold back when it comes to recommending leather products. That's because I think we should get away from viewing animals as commodities. I don't want to start a fundamental discussion here, but I think some people are also happy that the KMP iPhone case is now an environmentally and animal-friendly alternative to real leather cases.

The iPhone is well protected in the actual case: the corners are also extremely well padded and should withstand falls from great heights.
The iPhone is well protected in the actual case: the corners are also extremely well padded and should withstand falls from great heights.

Purchase option for the KMP Green Up Bookcase

The Green Up Bookcase is available in various colors and of course for all current iPhone models (XR, XS and XS Max). Here you can find the links to the covers for the different iPhone models on Amazon. As a rule, there are various colors to choose from as product variations on the product page:

KMP Bookcase for iPhone XS, X Choco Brown
  • All-round protection for your iPhone
  • With card/bill compartment
  • Two stand functions

Otherwise you can too via this link find all colors and models on Amazon.

Transparency notice

KMP gave me the iPhone case for my test. However, no money flowed and KMP was also unable to influence my article.

Competition for newsletter readers

I would like to raffle the Green Up Protective Bookcase among my newsletter readers. If you want to participate, please note that I am only giving away this model that was presented in this article. It's for the iPhone XS (should also fit the iPhone X) and the color is black. As always, I am holding the raffle among my newsletter readers. If you are not yet registered, you can catch up here. In the newsletter you will always find a raffle for products that I get from companies.

 

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