Superfried – Walk the Talk
Buying a laptop sleeve
I studied environmental stuff and bang on about all things eco here, but I need to do more and walk the talk. I want to reduce my carbon footprint and lead a more sustainable lifestyle.
My old Macbook was now seven years old and really struggling. So reluctantly, it was time to buy a new machine, which meant I also required a new laptop sleeve.
From experience I had found sleeves could vary dramatically, often ill-fitting or providing no protection, so I wanted to get it right. I began searching for a potential option and immediately opened a can of worms – there were hundreds to choose from! I did not know where to begin.
It was immediately obvious that sifting through pages of reviews and websites would be very time-consuming. Instead, I made use of social media and asked my eco-conscious followers in the industry for some recommendations.
Fortunately, my friend Laura suggested Tomtoc. I had never heard of them, but in 2020 they upgraded their best-selling range with RPET (recycled polyethylene tetraphyte). According to their site, this transition has led to a huge reduction in plastic waste and carbon emissions –
As of August 2021, the tomtoc Recycled Collection series of laptop sleeves have helped digest about 1,696,085 recycled plastic bottles. During the production process, about 427,413421 tons of carbon emissions were reduced.
This sounded very positive, but is it any good?
Tomtoc – Macbook Pro 16 Sleeve
Macbook Pro 16 Sleeve
Is it any good?
I was surprised at how good this sleeve is. Not only does it have sustainable credentials, but the level of protection is truly impressive. The aides are heavily cushioned with what they describe as 'High Resilience Edges'. On the corners, they have adopted a system they call 'CornerArmor'. In 2020 the product passed the Military-Standard-Drop Test – whatever that may be?
Above and below the laptop protection is provided by a soft, thick, padded lining. The complete sleeve is constructed from 100% post-consumer material made from PET plastic bottles. Lastly, they state that the sleeve is also waterproof – although I would not be prepared to put that to the test!
After prolonged use, the sleeve has continued to perform well. It has maintained its shape and still fits the laptop snuggly. They have used quality YKK zips, which are still working well – a common weak point I have found with previous sleeves. In addition to this, it also includes an enclosed, zip-up pouch for paperwork, cables or a memory stick.
This sleeve is genuinely very good and I would highly recommend it. Currently, it costs around £25 on Amazon. Unfortunately, I have not found alternative online retailers. I think this is good value regardless of its eco-credentials, which are just the icing on the cake.
Finding an eco-led product that is making a difference, but also outperforms the standard options available, makes the purchase so much more rewarding. However, it did get me wondering, if they can produce such a great product from recycled materials, why not do the same for their whole range?
If there is a downside – how easy is it to recycle or reuse at the end of its life? For example, is there currently a laptop sleeve available that is made from biodegradable materials?