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.

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.

7 Awesome Tech T-Shirts

Technology is a major part of my life and has integrated itself into nearly every aspect of my life imaginable. It has even begun to seep into the clothes that I wear! Back in the day, I remember sporting my favorite Napster tee, or that hard to find Apple tee (usually gotten from an OS release). Now, many tech companies provide tees for purchase making it easy for teach fanatics like myself to show on their chest their weapons of choice. 

Here are 7 different technology based tees that reflect innovations that I enjoy to use (or visit and read in the case of Laughing Squid). I’ll focus on “official” tees for this post and do a future post on some 3rd party tees (if you know of some cool ones let me know). 

Do you have a favorite technology tee that you like to use and show off? Post a link to the shirt so that others with similar technologoy tastes can buy and enjoy!

1. WordPress. Does WordPress run your blog (I do for this blog)? Then checkout this site for a selection of official WordPress t-shirts and other merchandise. You can pick up either a red or olive green WordPress tee for £9.50 GBP. The tees are printed on American Apparel. 

2. Google/Blogger. Is Google the first thing you see when you open your browser? Are you part of the Blogger faithful? If so, then you might enjoy some official Google gear. In fact, there is a wide selection of Google merchandise available in their store, from organic tees to recycle track jackets. They’ve even got tees printed on 70% bamboo and 30% cotton. They claim the bamboo component makes it antimicrobial and feel like a mix between cashmere and silk! The Wearables section in the Google store offers 36 different products! The tees are priced between $13.50 – $20.00. 

3. Laughing Squid. This is one of my favorite blogs to visit in InternetLAND and it just so happens that the Laughing Squid’s Scott Beale sells an official t-shirt printed on American Apparel and available for 20 buckaroos! 

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