Before rushing into a store to grab your next iPad, shop for a good quality case that would protect your investment first. If you are looking to do your part to save the environment and prevent a carbon footprint, here are some really cool, sustainable and eco-friendly iPad cases that you can opt for.
Kork iPad Case
Although still in the works, the Kork iPad Case is one of the most eagerly awaited inventions of the year, thanks partly to the fact that it is extremely lightweight and is yet strong enough to protect your iPad from cracks and scratches. The case is made out of recycled natural cork, which can be recycled many more times as well. And in addition to the sturdy design, users are treated to a ‘shade mode’ which enables them to read the screen even under the sun without any hindrances. The price for the Kork iPad Case is tentatively set at $49.95 for now.
CHINAO RPET Sleeve Stand
Designed by Ree, this iPad case enables the user to enjoy the landscape viewing functionality of the iPad by providing a stand-up feature. The case is made of special wool like fabric called RETHINK FABRIC which in turn is created by smashing, melting and polymerizing recycled and reclaimed plastic bottles. The CHINAO Sleeve costs approximately $15.95 and is said to be compatible with all the various versions of the iPad.
Custom iPad Cases
Kudos to Brinda Kay, a vintage enthusiast from Colorado who came up with the brilliant idea of using reclaimed record albums. Priced anywhere between $90 and $103, the cases are custom made and sold at Vindicated Vinyl (the name of both Kay’s shop and online store). Choose from a variety of record albums featuring all time classics like Whitney Houston, The Beatles, Backstreet Boys, Elton John etc. You can also choose from a list of impressive sound tracks like Batman, Superman, Spider Man and Wonder Woman etc. If nothing else works out, you can ask Kay to design a custom case for you from scratch using your choice of record albums for the same.
Recycled Leather Case
If you love leather accessories, then this eco-friendly leather iPad case from Proporta Smart is just what you need! Made entirely out of 100% recycled and reclaimed leather albeit any virgin materials, the Recycled iPad Leather Case offers you the same glossy look and classy finish of a genuine leather product. Priced at $49.95, the case also contains a stand-up feature, which would help with the landscape and portrait viewing functionalities of the gadget.
iSockit iPad Case
Definitely a hit with women, the iSockit iPad Case is the brainchild of Blythe King, a Virginia based designer who makes these cases from vintage materials. The cases are handmade with the materials for the same being sourced from different dressmakers located across the country. The result is an extremely cozy fabric case with a plethora of colors and patterns added to it for extra zing! King regularly updates his online store with new arrivals and fabrics. In addition to choosing existing models, you can also ask King to design a custom case for you based on the fabrics of your choice. And all you get to pay for it is anywhere between $50 and $65.
Up-Cycled Mail Sack iPad Case
Designed by Uncommon Goods, this unconventional design is recreated out of used mail sacks. The canvas case is extremely sturdy and comes with an ultra-suede inner lining to protect your iPad from scratches. It also contains a side pocket where you can deposit your cords and thumb drives for easy access. The eco-friendly bag is priced at $55 and is a steal for those who recognize a classic look when they see one.
Spark Tablet Case
Designed by Voltaic, the lightweight Spark Tablet Case does more than just protect your iPad from dust, scratches and cracks. The case actually charges your iPad with the help of a solar panel which is embedded into the case. With the ability to supply a power of up to 8 Watts, which is ideal for charging your iPad as well as your digital camera and cell phone, the Spark is priced at $299. Still doubtful? Will the fact that the Spark is dust resistant, water resistant and UV ray resistant change your mind? We hope it will!