The variety of cool eco and vegan laptop cases and sleeves you’ll see in this post may make your head spin. It’s fun – and very reassuring – to see more product designers developing accessories that are both sustainable and cruelty-free.
Some of these laptop cases utilize old school upcycling principles, as you’ll see in the design that was created with upcycled saris, which were then turned into quilts, and then turned into laptop sleeves. And some are made out of cutting edge materials like Piñatex, a sustainable faux leather developed by entrepreneur Carmen Hijosa, which is made from pineapple fibers. And then, there are others: like the laptop case made with real leaves from a Tung Tree.
∂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 vegan materials to choose from.
This post includes laptop cases and sleeves made with materials in a few different categories. You can click the two big links below to get to each section, but I recommend you scroll through and view them all. Enjoy!
- Palm Leaf Laptop Sleeve
- Sustainable Tung Tree Leaf Laptop Case
- Cork Laptop Sleeves
- Piñatex Pineapple Leather Laptop Cases
- Hemp Laptop Sleeve
- Jute Laptop Sleeve
- Burlap Laptop Case
- Laptop Cases Made with Upcycled Wetsuits and Eco Neoprene
- Recycled Plastic Laptop Sleeves
- Repurposed Paper Laptop Cases
- Laptop Cases Made from Upcycled Tires
- Laptop Cases Made with Used Seatbelts
- Cool Upcycled Laptop Cases Made with Unusual Materials
Kante Decor works with indigenous communities around the world whose livelihoods depend on the artisanal products they create. Thus, when you purchase their unique crafts, you help preserve their centuries-old artistic traditions like weaving and hand-embroidery.
This eco-friendly laptop sleeve is woven with natural palm leaves from Puebla, Mexico. Each case takes about three weeks to create, from picking the palm leaves to getting them ready to weave, and then turning the woven sheets into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind laptop case.
Fits a 13″ MacBook Air and other small tablets. It measures 14″ x 12″.
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 materials, while being functional and well-made. Be sure to their visit their Etsy store to see more.
This laptop sleeve made from leaves is really in a class all its own. The Tung Tree is found in southern China, Burma, and Vietnam. The leaves are a sustainable material – when they’re harvested, it does not 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.
Another sleek design by Copala, this sustainable cork laptop sleeve will fit a 15-16″ Mac or similarly sized notebook.
Moana Cork creates handbags, tote bags, and minimalist laptop sleeves out of 100% vegan, sustainable cork. Cork is durable and has natural, built-in cushioning, which makes is an ideal sustainable material for protecting your tech accessories. Check out more designs by Moana Cork in their Etsy store.
This cork sleeve measures approximately 15″ x 10.5″.
A member of 1% for the Planet (which means they donate 1% of sales revenue to environmental non-profits), Maniwala is a 100% sustainable and vegan design studio based in the U.S. They create a range of high-quality faux leather accessories out of eco-friendly Piñatex and hemp. You can see even more of their designs in our post “14 Cool Shoes and Accessories Made from Piñatex Pineapple Leather.”
This laptop case was handmade in Kathmandu, Nepal by workers in ethical working conditions. It will fit 13″ and 15″ computers.
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. It will fit a 15-17″ laptop. Visit Hey Jute’s Etsy store to see more of their eco-conscious, natural fiber accessories.
Natural fiber and upcycled – it doesn’t get much better than that when it comes to sustainable laptop cases. This sleeve is made with upcycle coffee bags. It measures 15″ x 12.5″.
Looptworks is based in Portland, Oregon, where they make cool accessories out of abandoned, pre-consumer, and post-consumer materials. They intercept materials that are headed to the landfill and turn them into great-looking functional products. Each style is produced in a limited edition.
The company’s philosophy centers around avoiding the use of the Earth’s precious natural resources. According to Looptworks, “The only thing we scrap is the typical way of doing business. We’re a design brand on a mission: to use only what already exists.”
Looptworks’ upcycled laptop sleeves come in variety of colors and sizes. You’ll find sleeves that fit 10″, 11″, and 13″ computers and tablets.
GreenSmart has an answer to traditional Neoprene, which is not an eco-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.
The company’s eco-friendly laptop sleeves are made with water-based adhesives vs. chemical-heavy, solvent-based adhesives. And the fuzzy interior liner is made with 100% recycled plastic bottles.
A Bag Recycling and Upcycling repurposes materials like used plastic bags and coffee packs into unique quilted laptop sleeves and other accessories. The bags are colorful, water-resistant, and durable. The company will do customer orders too, so reach out to them on their Etsy store and get the perfect recycled case for your laptop.
The Wren creates unique accessories from reclaimed packaging paper from a local packing factory. They digitally print on the paper, then fuse it to cotton, and then treat it with Nano Liquid Glass, which makes it water-resistant. This design is entitled “African Safari Memories.” Check out their Etsy store to see other cool prints with bicycles and more.
Another unique design by eco-friendly accessories company by Copala, this laptop case is made with upcycled paper. It’s made with upcycled, sturdy paper cement bags that have been treated with a coating that makes them water-repellent.
Seattle, Washington-based Alchemy Goods transforms bicycle inner tubes into hip, sustainably-produced bags and accessories.
Tires are 100% recyclable, which is a good thing because in the U.S. alone, we scrap 300 million tires annually. To date, Alchemy Goods has kept over 500,000 bicycle inner tubes out of the landfill.
Recycled tires make great laptop protectors because they’re durable and have built-in cushioning. Plus, the material is water-resistant and easy to clean.
This laptop case measures 12″ x 7.5″.
KMS Kilometres is based in Nairobi, Kenya, where they create these unique dual-function laptop cases and sitting mats, as well as other cool accessories. The outside of this case is made with recycled inner tubes, which is reinforced with foam for extra padding. The inside is lined with fabric in traditional African prints.
A socially conscious business, KMS Kilometres invests its profits into professional training courses for job seekers.
All of their products are handmade, and they take custom orders.
This laptop case will fit 15″ or smaller computers.
Tube Bags Thailand will custom make a laptop sleeve for you from recycled bicycle inner tubes. Just contact them in their Etsy store and tell them the size of your notebook. They also make a cool style with upcycled seat belts that will fit a 12″ notebook.
Another design by Tubes of Thailand, this sleeve is made from upcycled seat belts. It will fit a 12″ notebook.
It you like the water-resistance and shock absorption of rubber, but want a smoother look, take a look at this eco-friendly laptop case made with recycled rubber. It will fit a 13″ MacBook Pro. The exterior is 100% recycled rubber, and the designer, The Hub 305, will ship it in recycled packaging.
Upcycling by Milo’s founder, Naveh, was inspired by the craft work of artisans he met while travelling in Indonesia. But he was troubled by the amount of trash he saw, and its impact on the natural environment. This was the inspiration behind Upcycling by Milo.
In addition to this colorful laptop case made with used candy wrappers (the silver on the case is the inside of the wrappers), the company makes a wide variety of fun, one-of-a-kind accessories. Be sure to visit their Etsy store to see more.
VahoUp reclaims used advertising banners and signs and repurposes them into colorful, unique bags and accessories that have a cool, urban vibe.
This upcycled laptop case has handles and can also be converted into a backpack. It’s made from upcycled advertising banners and it’s water resistant. It will fit a 15” MacBook Pro or other similarly-sized laptop or tablet. It measures: 16.5” x 12.6” x 4.7”.
A socially conscious company, Makers Unite helps refugees enter the job market in their new homes. Based in The Netherlands, the company pairs local designers and refugees to create sustainable products. They then direct the money from product sales to help fund social inclusion programs.
This unique laptop case is made from life vests. It won’t be easy to misplace this one!
Measures 14.6″ x 11″
Kantha is a quilting technique that originated in Bangladesh and eastern India. Artisans repurpose used saris into beautiful, colorful 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″.
This colorful laptop case is made with upcycled vinyl advertising banners. Afric Eco Designs imports eco-friendly accessories from Africa. See more in their Etsy store.
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