If you’re looking for a new case or sleeve for your iPad, tablet, or Kindle, it’s a great opportunity to buy something that is made from superior materials, which are kinder to the planet, animals, and the workers making it. After I wrote about the innovative eco-friendly and vegan phone cases in my post “11 Sustainable Cell Phone Cases from Inspiring Ecopreneurs,” I knew a post about tablet cases was in short order.

As with phone cases, here’s what to look for in an eco-friendly tablet case or sleeve:

  • Made from natural, sustainable, and biodegradable materials, such as bamboo, cork, or sustainably harvested wood
  • Made of bio-plastic, recycled plastic, or other recycled and upcycled materials, such as tires and neoprene
  • Made of toxic-free materials
  • Not made of animal skin – that’s leather or suede from cows, pigs, crocodiles, snakes, or any other creature that will suffer
  • Made by companies that are taking efforts to lessen their environmental footprint and which take corporate social responsibility seriously

And without further ado, here they are!

Wood

Reveal

Reveal is one of my favorite innovative companies because of the variety of products they make from sustainable materials, including cork and bamboo. And in partnership with the non-profit American Forests, Reveal plants a tree for every product they sell from their Nature Collection. At this point, they’ve planted over 50 million trees on behalf of their customers.

1. Cork iPad Case by Reveal

This beauty is made with eco-friendly, sustainable cork.

  • Materials: Exterior – 100% natural, sustainable, and renewable cork; Interior lining – vegan superfiber made from recycled plastic bottles
  • Fits: iPad Mini, iPad 2, 3, and 4

Price: $37.00 – $78.00

2. Bamboo iPad Case by Reveal

  • Materials: 100% sustainable, natural bamboo, the fastest growing woody plant on Earth
  • Fits: iPad 2, 3, and 4

Price: $89.00

3. iPad Mini Case in Sustainable Padauk Wood by Kovered

Kovered UK offers a variety of iPad, iPad Mini, Ultrathin, and phone cases made from wood. This design is made with sustainably sourced Padauk wood, recycled polyurethane, and rubber.

  • Materials: wood, recycled PU, and rubber
  • Fits: iPad Mini

Price: $44.95

4. iPad Case in Dark Walnut by Creative Use of Tech

Creative Use of Tech offers a number of tablet and phone cases made from different woods, including bamboo. This beauty is in black walnut.

  • Fits: iPad, iPad 2 and 3

Price: $65.00

5. 100% Bamboo iPad Case by Primovisto

Primovisto makes beautiful iPad and phone cases made from bamboo. They’ll create a custom-engraved case for you – all you have to do is send them an image of your design. This is a great gift idea!

  • Materials: bamboo with fabric interior
  • Fits: iPad and iPad Air 2. (They also have cases for iPhones and Minis)

Prices: $29.00 – $49.00

Rubber

6. Upcycled Tires iPad, Tablet, of Kindle Case by Green Guru

Green Guru takes product design as seriously as they do adventure sports and enjoying the great outdoors. This case, made from upcycled tires, is no exception. Green Guru lessens the environmental footprint of bike shops, outfitters, climbing gyms, surf shops, and other gear retailers by collecting their waste and turning it into cool, functional, and durable products.

  • Materials: Upcycled tire inner tubes
  • Made in the USA
  • Measures: 11″ x 8″ x 1″

Price: $41.41

Neoprene

Did you ever wonder what Jacques Cousteau did with all his old wetsuits? I sure didn’t – until now!

LOOPTWORKS

Portland, Oregon-based LOOPTWORKS creates city and active wear that is made entirely from upcycled materials. All of their fabrics come from textile industry waste that would have otherwise end up in the landfill. Already, LOOPTWORKS has saved 20 million gallons of water that would have been used to create t-shirts made from virgin materials.

7. iPad and Tablet Sleeves Made from Upcycled Wetsuit Material

  • Materials: upcycled wetsuit fabric
  • Comes in a few different colors
  • Size: 10.8″ x 1″ x 8.5″
  • Fits: iPad 1-5, Microsoft Surface, Nexus IO, Asus

Price: $27.00

Earth-Friendly Neoprene iPad, Tablet, and Laptop Sleeves by GreenSmart

GreenSmart offers a range of laptop and tablet computer cases made with its “Neogreene” material, a better alternative to traditional neoprene. Neogreene is considered a non-toxic material because it doesn’t contain phthalates, volatile organic compounds (VOCs, which are carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate into the atmosphere), chlorine, or metals. It also requires less energy and petroleum to produce. In addition, Neogreene sleeves are constructed with water-based adhesives vs. chemical-heavy solvent-based adhesives. It’s definitely worth checking out their variety of products in their store on Amazon.

8. iPad and Tablet Sleeve in Neogreene by GreenSmart

  • Materials: Exterior – Neogreen; Interior fuzzy liner – 100% recycled plastic bottles
  • Size: 10.4″ x 8.2″ x 0.7″

Price: $19.03

9. Other Sleeves and Cases by Greensmart

Prices: $19.00 – $45.00

Fabric

10. Recycled Sails Tablet and iPad Case by REDIWAVE

I’ve seen luggage tags that are creatively made from recycled sails, but this is the first tablet case. REDIWAVE recycles boat, windsurfing, and kitesurfing sails to create these eco-friendly iPad and tablet computer cases.

  • Materials: upcycled sailing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing sails
  • Padded inside
  • Handmade and unique
  • Size: ~11″ x 8″

Price: $30.00

11. Upcycled Kimono Obi iPad Sleeve / Zippered Case by KazStyle

These lovely zippered cases are one-of-a-kind and handmade. Check out KazStyle’s store on Etsy to see more beautiful upcycled obi and kimono fabrics.

  • Materials: upcycled silk fabric
  • Size: 9.5″ x 11″

Price: $25.00 – $36.00

12. Felt iPad Case Made From 100% Recycled Water Bottles by OWL Recycled

OWL Recycled is doing their part to keep plastics out of the landfill and our oceans by creating these sleek tablet sleeves from 100% recycled materials.

  • Machine washable
  • Materials: Felt made from 100 % recycled water bottles and other food containers
  • Fits: iPad and other tablet computers
  • Size: 1.5″ x 11.5″ x 9.2″

Price: $24.95

13. Recycled Cement Bag iPad Mini, Kindle, and Samsung Galaxy Case

Here’s another great example of upcycled fabrics put to good use!

  • Materials: recycled cement bags
  • Fits: iPad Mini, Kindle, Samsung Galaxy Tablet, and others

Price: $29.00

14. Felt Tablet Sleeve Made from 100% Recycled PET Bottles

Hopefully you know by now just what a scourge plastic bottles have been for our planet. It’s time to – never use them again! And for the ones that are still around? Turn them into something better.

  • Materials: 100% recycled PET plastic bottles
  • Fits: Netbook, eBook,  Kindle, and others
  • Measures: 11.5″ x 1.2″ x 7.5″

Price: $11.99

15. Upcycled Book Cover Kindle Case

And here’s a great blend of old tech and new tech: an e-book reader with a vintage book cover case by Sweet Petunia.

Price: $25.00

Remember to look up if you’re walking with your mobile device! Stay safe! :o)

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