by Evelyn Lee
One of the coolest finds we spotted at last week’s Dwell on Design was this line of iPhone accessories made by Bad Beetle out of the dead remains of trees infected by the Mountain Pine Beetle. Deemed “nature’s graffiti artists,” the beetles create blue tinted designs on the pine, making each case unique.
North America has lost more than 70,000 square miles of forest since 2000 due to the Mountain Pine Beetle. The adult beetles have a poisonous blue-stain fungus which discolors the wood and stops a tree’s ability to circulate water and nutrients. In order to stop infestation and the risk of a more rapid spread of forest fires due to dead wood, it has been recommended by the U.S. Forest Service that all dead or infected trees be logged and then burned. Bad Beetle’s response makes the most out of our forests’ beetle infestation by making one-of-a-kind accessories for mobile Apple devices. Pre-order yours today and spread the story.