Laptop bags recycle soda bottles, old news
Plastic bottles, cardboard, and yesterday's news find new life in novel laptop bags.
Act2 GreenSmart laptop jackets are an ecofriendly spin-off from the people who make Shoreline laptop cases. Each jacket is made from the remains of 17 PET beverage bottles, with padding that reuses industrial waste and recycled paper tags printed with soy ink. They come in seven sizes, with a shoulder strap and extra pockets enabling access to the innards while on the go. You can open the laptop on a desk and access the ports without removing the jacket. Each black, blue, or brown jacket costs $40, and sleeves are $25. The StuffBak return policy offers protection should you leave the bag in a cab.
Jeff at Sustainablog, an early and innovative green blog, loves the one he bought, although he'd like a bit more cushioning for his computer.
GreenSmart bags are just one of the latest options in an ever-greening market of electronics cases. Among the more creative goods are Rebe sleeves ( ) that dress up a Mac laptop in Pucci-style '70s prints from recycled vintage fabrics. Newshounds might appreciate a shoulder bag made from recycled newspapers. FarmDesigns in London crafts cases from corrugated cardboard.
Targus offers more sober, basic black EcoSmart laptop bags that are PVC-free. TREAD cases made of recycled tires come from Solio, maker of solar-powered iPod chargers, but they're out of stock. Livity sells hemp and recycled PET cases. To be truly nerdy, you can make your own laptop cozy with all sorts of materials, like bubble wrap or a pillowcase.