Wrap Your iPad In An Upcycled Inner Tube

Best known for recycling incredibly stylish handbags and other fashion accessories out of bike and automobile tire inner tubes, Colorado-based English Retreads is branching out into the world of technology. The company recently announced that it has developed a way to turn reclaimed truck and tractor inner tubes into protective sleeves for the ever-popular iPad.

With an outer protective layer made from the inner tubes and an interior padded layer made from colorful, recycled PET material, this sleeve is sure to be a conversation starter. Arriving just in time for college graduations and Father’s Day, this accessory is modern, practical and helps to keep unnecessary rubber waste out of our landfills.

English Retreads iPad Sleeve

Image via English Retreads

There are lots of fashion and technology accessories that are made from recycled materials. But most of these leave something to be desired when it comes to style. Few are sophisticated enough to be brought along to serious business meetings or on fancy dinner dates. But the English Retreads philosophy proves that eco-friendly, vegan products deserve to be sold right alongside top of the line leathers.

“We recognize the opportunity to integrate fashion and environmental consciousness on behalf of the consumer’s need for stylish and sophisticated accessories,” said Heather English, English Retreads’ founder and designer. “With the release of the iPad Sleeve we are excited to lead the market in innovative, repurposed material use, while simultaneously delivering on functionality with a fashion forward style all our own.”

Because the iPad sleeve is made from recycled rubber, it offers a waterproof characteristic that other fabric sleeves can’t compete with. Available in a range of accent colors, from Apple to Scarlet (pictured above), it’s airport-checkpoint approved so you’ll be able to save time in the security line. English Retreads bags and accessories are available in over 75 boutique outlets nationwide and online at Amazon and eBags.com. IPad sleeve starts at $49.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog