The variety of eco-friendly laptop cases and sleeves you’ll see in this post will make it hard to choose. It’s fun, and very reassuring, to see more product designers developing accessories like laptop sleeves that are made from natural, recycled, and 100% vegan materials.
Some of these laptop cases are made with 100% recycled materials, including PET plastic bottles. And others are made with upcycled materials, such as reclaimed saris, life preservers, and wetsuits. And then there are others made from hemp and real leaves from tung trees.
Innovative New Materials and Revitalized Old Materials
Too often the materials used in computer sleeves are not Earth- or animal-friendly. For example, materials like leather and traditional neoprene use a number of harmful chemicals in their production that aren’t good for workers or the planet. And it’s draconian in this day and age to be making any kind of accessory out of animal skin when we have so many other beautiful, cruelty-free materials to choose from.
I divided this post into two sections: laptop cases made with natural materials and those made with recycled or upcycled materials.
Laptop Sleeves and Cases Made with Natural Fibers
1. Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Laptop Sleeve Made from Leaves
By Copala is a sustainable products designer that creates accessories from natural materials, including cork and leaves, as well as upcycled paper. Every product maintains the look of its original material, while being functional and well-made.
This laptop sleeve made from leaves is in a class all its own. Artisans in southern China, Burma, and Vietnam gather leaves from tung trees to make these cases. The leaves are a sustainable material. When local people harvest the leaves, it doesn’t harm the tree.
The juxtaposition of a leaf protecting a sophisticated piece of technology somehow gives me a ray of hope that we can advance as a civilization, while still protecting our natural world – it’s just a matter of our values, integrity, and ingenuity.
To make this laptop case, the leaves are treated with a wax coating, making the sleeve water repellent. This eco-friendly laptop case will fit a 13”-14” laptop.
2. By Copala Cork Laptop Sleeves
3. My Monke Hemp Laptop Case
My Monke creates what they describe as “conscious vegan accessories. They are all about conscious fashion that lets you look good while doing good. Their sustainable hemp laptop bags come in a few different styles and color combos.
4. Laptop Case Made with Hemp and Wild Nettle Fibers
This au naturel laptop case is super popular with UniGuide visitors! It’s made with organic hemp and wild nettle fibers. Himal Natural Fibers avoids using dyes and harmful chemicals in many of their creations.
This laptop case was handmade in Kathmandu, Nepal by workers in ethical working conditions. It will fit 13″ and 15″ computers.
5. Jute and Hemp Laptop Sleeve by Hey Jute
Another eco-friendly laptop sleeve made with natural fibers, this design by Hey Jute is made with jute fabric, hemp, and recycled terry cloth fabric. Visit Hey Jute’s Etsy store to see more of their eco-conscious, natural fiber accessories.
This eco-friendly sleeve will fit a 15-17″ laptop.
Laptop Cases and Sleeves Made with Recycled and Upcycled Materials
6. My Monke Recycled Kraft Paper Vegan Laptop Cases
7. My Crupon Sustainable Laptop Sleeves
My Crupon creates their sleek, minimalists cases with washable paper and Italian felt that’s made from recycled plastic bottles. Plus, their materials are OEKO-TEX® and FSC® certified. (They do make some accessories with leathers, so if you’re vegan, double check their products details.)
Different styles and available in bone, tan, and black.
8. Bright Vegan Goods Recycled Industrial Felt Cases
Bright Vegan Goods hand makes these unique, sturdy tablet and laptop cases out of recycled industrial felt. These cases are 100% vegan and they come with an extra pocket for your accessories.
And just a reminder, when you buy from Etsy vendors, Etsy offsets all CO2 emissions from shipping, regardless of where items ship from.
9. 100% Recycled Materials Laptop Sleeve
Top Case makes this sleek design with 100% recycled materials. Super slim and lightweight, it will fit easily into your messenger bag of carry-on. It measures 12 x 9 x 0.1″. Available colors include black, gray, tan, and brown and tan comb.
10. 100% Recycled Plastics and Other Materials Laptop Case
Another style by Top Case, this eco-friendly laptop case is also made with 100% recycled materials. The inside has a divider for your laptop and other important items and it has an elastic closure, making it easy to open and clothes. Available in two sizes: 11″ or 12″. In addition, there are three different color combinations.
11. Eco Alf Recycled Nylon Laptop Sleeves
Eco Alf makes these Earth-friendly laptop sleeves with 100% recycled nylon. And the lining is made with 100% recycled PET plastic bottles. Available colors: blue, black, dark gray, and light gray. A few different sizes are available to fit your specific laptop or tablet.
12. GreenSmart Eco-Friendly Neoprene Laptop Sleeve
GreenSmart has an answer to traditional Neoprene, which is not an Earth-friendly material. The production of traditional Neoprene can include phthalates, chlorine, and volatile organic compounds (short for VOCs, which are carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate into the atmosphere.) GreenSmart’s “Neogreene” is considered non-toxic because it doesn’t use these harmful chemicals in its production.
GreenSmart uses water-based adhesives instead chemical-heavy, solvent-based adhesives in their materials. And they make the fuzzy interior liner with 100% recycled plastic bottles. GreenSmart offers a few different colors and sizes.
You can see more eco-friendly sleeves in my post on eco-friendly iPad cases.
13. Eco Laptop Sleeve in Neogreene by GreenSmart
14. Recycled Plastic Laptop Sleeve by A Bag Recycling and Upcycling
A Bag Recycling and Upcycling repurposes materials, such as used plastic bags and coffee packs, and turns them into one-of-a-kind quilted laptop sleeves and other accessories. The bags are colorful, water-resistant, and durable. A Bag Recycling does custom orders too. You can so reach out to them on their Etsy store and order the perfect recycled case for your laptop.
15. Recycled Plastic Bag Laptop Case
16. Unbegun Upcycled Laptop Sleeves
Unbegun makes a variety of laptop sleeves and other accessories with reclaimed materials, including vinyl stall covers from outdoor markets in Amsterdam. Unbegun’s colorful cases come in a variety of colors. They’ll fit a 13″ or 15″ MacBook or similarly sized laptop.
17. Laptop Case Made with Upcycled Saris by the Kantha Project
Kantha is a quilting technique that originated in Bangladesh and eastern India. Artisans repurpose used saris into beautiful, colorful quilts. In fact, they upcycled the materials twice: first from saris and then from quilts. Purchasing kantha products helps to support craftspeople living in rural communities.
The Kantha Project’s laptop sleeves are Fair Trade and one-of-a-kind. This sleeve comes in two sizes: 12.6″ x 8.9″ and 11.5″ x 4.3″.