Kitschy Upcycled Macbook and iPad Sleeves

Etsy seller Finders&Keepers is in the business of taking normal, everyday items and recycling them for novel uses. Take for example that old Polo shirt sitting in your closet. They’ll take Polo’s just like that forgotten one in your closet and repurpose it into something useful – like a MacBook or iPad case.

I’m not too sure if I’d use these for my own MacBooks or iPads, but I can totally see a certain niche of people loving this item. This would make for the perfect gift for the techie that loves to frequent garage sales, swap meets, second-hand shops, and craigslist. And let’s not forget what a wonderful conversation piece these cases would make.

The Finders& Keepers Recycled MacBook and iPad cases are available now from Etsy and range in price from $55 to $75.

Bamboo MacBook Pro Case by SILVA

These Bamboo MacBook cases by SILVA aren’t cheap. They start at $179.99 and go up to $314.99 in price. They aren’t cheap because each bamboo case is custom made and that takes a lot of work. Precision detail is the name of the game here. And let’s admit it, they look damn sexy. You won’t be able to pack a lot of peripherals with this briefcase. But who cares. Your MacBook will be sitting comfy in a case that will likely be 100X sexier than whatever generic case your peers have. Imagine how boss you would look walking into a Starbucks with this.

The SILVA Custom Bamboo MacBook Pro Case is available now for 13″ and 15″ MacBooks from SILVA. Prices range from $179.99 to $314.99.

Sourced Messenger Bags

I’ve been using an Incase Messenger Bag for about a year now. The muted olive version of this Incase bag. It’s a great bag. I love the size, feel, and compartments. The only problem is that I’ve been using it despite a big rip in the seam of the flap. Not good. I would think that a bag from such a well-known and established brand like Incase would last longer than a year. I’ve been living with it but I’ve also been looking for a replacement.

Enter Sourced. This small brand is known for upcycling material in order to make new products. For instance, they’ve been upcycling truck tarpaulin to make some really eye-catching messenger bags. These upcycled messenger bags from Sourced are sleek and downright sexy. Have I found my replacement? Maybe.

We’re fans of life, we’re fans of style. We’re not treehuggers. We hate average, we love unique, we appreciate quality. Sourced began with a desire to bring sustainable, fashionable, design focused products to market. Having looked at most ‘green’ products it seemed that ethical didnt necessarily mean stylish, we aim to change this.

From our Cornish base we offer a range of bags and accessories produced from upcycled (adding value to wasted) materials. We make messenger bags, shoulder totes, shopping bags and much more all by hand and all made to last. Our truck tarp range comes from upcycled lorry curtains that are being thrown after thousands of miles on the road networks of Europe. No two items are ever the same due to designs on the fabric. Some items are scarred from their past but we clean them up (over and over) before sewing them into unique, stylish swag.

Sourced Messenger Bags are available now from the Sourced online shop and are priced between £34.99 and £39.99.

Make Bacon Not War

Because there’s always enough bacon to go around. Unless you run out of pig. You can also find Make Bacon Not War in the brought back from the dead Downloads section (in the site menu above). You’ll also find a less nauseating, non-striped version of Make Bacon Not War in the Downloads section.

Who wants this as a T-Shirt? Leave your comment below.

Make Bacon Not War MacBook Desktop Wallpaper Download

For your desktop or laptop:

Download Make Bacon Not War - 1920x1080 - (200.61 kB)
Download Make Bacon Not War - 1920x1200 - (203.61 kB)
Download Make Bacon Not War - 2560x1440 - (277.21 kB)
Download Make Bacon Not War - 1440x900 - (168.41 kB)

Make Bacon Not War iPhone Wallpaper White

For your iPhone:

Download Make Bacon Not War - iPhone White - (58.13 kB)

And to settle any qualms about Bacon Gate, here are links to bacon lists that existed BEFORE my list of 101 Bacon Products for Fans of the Other White Meat:

Bacon Bacon Everywhere: Top 10 Ways To Love Your Bacon (November 2008)

11 of the Worst Bacon Products Ever Produced (July 31, 2009)

The 10 Weirdest Bacon Products on the Market (October 21, 2009)

20 of The Craziest Bacon Products Around (January 12, 2010)

Wallpaper inspiration credit awarded to OvenRude aka Matt Borchert. Thanks Matt for making my evening so eventful.

Hello Rewind: Recycled T-Shirts Turned Laptop Sleeve

It never ceases to amaze me how far a T-Shirt can go even once it has passed its prime. We all have one (or maybe a few) tees that we just can’t bare to throw out. How about repurposing them as a sleeve for your MacBook Pro? That’s exactly what Hello Rewind does with their new service. They can turn your favorite T-Shirt into clothing for your laptop!

The process is quite simple:

  1. You purchase a laptop sleeve in your laptop size (13″, 15″ or 17″)
  2. We mail you a pre-paid envelope to send in your chosen t-shirt
  3. We sew a custom sleeve using your t-shirt
  4. Within 4-8 weeks, your computer will have something new to wear

Sweet! How much does it cost, you ask? The Hello Rewind service is priced at $49 across the board. What’s even cooler is that Hello Rewind is very passionate about … sex trafficking. They are interested in working with women formerly sex trafficked in New York City so they can learn new skills and support themselves. Every sleeve purchased goes to help Hello Rewind achieve this goal.

As a T-Shirt blogger I’d love to give one of these sleeves a try!

Hello Rewind

Hello Rewind

Hello Rewind

Gleenz Tees Laptop Skins

The oh so creative Glenn Jones has come up with an ingenious idea for his popular T-Shirt designs – laptop skins! And why not, people love originality and by slapping one of these skins on your laptop you will indeed achieve an originality. Just be ready for the constant ooogling by others (because people get jealous fast when they see awesome stuff) and the tirade of “Where’d yo get that” inquiries. The Glennz skins are available now for 13″ to 17″ laptops and sell for $17.95.

I also noticed, and thought that I would point this out, that a few of the skins sport some of Glenn Jones’ older Threadless designs – like one of my faves “What Would MacGyver do?” Interesting, huh!

Glennz Tees Laptop Skins

Evolution of the MacBook

For the record, I still prefer the Powerbook branding. The Clamshell was epic back in the day, freshman year of college to be exact! The I replaced the cute Clamshell with the iBook G3 (non-Clamshell) and then I replaced that with a 12″ PoweBook G4 and then replaced that with a faster 12″ PowerBook G4. Now if only they would make a 12″ or 13″ MacBook Pro, I’d be ready to upgrade once more. Still, I am excited to see the 2008 redesign. Graphic is courtesy of Appleinsider.