In the test: vegan MacBook Pro case made from old plastic bottles

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I admit, the title of the post is not entirely correct, because the cover is not made from the plastic bottles themselves, but from rPET felt, which is made from the plastic bottles.

The next buzzword I mentioned in the headline is “vegan.” And that is also justified, because the entire sleeve and also the patch, which looks like it is made of leather, is made of vegan material. And according to the website, this material called PAPYR® is free of harmful substances and certified according to FSC and OEKO-TEX Standard 100.

All materials used in the MacBook case are ecologically sourced and protect the resources of our environment.

I was sent the MacBook Pro sleeve for a test. I describe my practical impressions in a separate article.
I was sent the MacBook Pro sleeve for a test. I describe my practical impressions in a separate article.

CATHAstories – the small family business behind the products

This all sounds very good and of course you wonder who is behind these products. The answer is: CATHAstories. Behind it is the team made up of Katharina and her mother Dagmar.

They have set themselves the goal of developing sustainable and environmentally friendly products. Everything you find in the CATHAstories shop was developed by these two and is produced in Germany.

Quote from the website:

We are Katharina & Dagmar, mother & daughter, with a family team in the background. We share a love of environmentally friendly lifestyle products and innovative ideas. We say goodbye to the mainstream world and focus on sustainable vibes!

If you would like to find out more about CATHAstories, you can in this post look. Here I would mainly like to talk about the MacBook Pro sleeve, which I was provided with for the test report.

The two behind CATHAstories: Katharine and Dagmar (photo copied from the website).
The two behind CATHAstories: Katharina and Dagmar (photos copied from the website).

MacBook Pro Sleeve made from rPET felt

Ok, so what does my MacBook case look and feel like? First of all, I was surprised at how thick and soft the rPET felt is. I was kind of expecting something rougher, but I was pleasantly surprised.

A layer of felt is several millimeters thick and I think the MacBook Pro is well padded in the case. I took the smaller version that fits the 13 and 14 inch MacBook Pro models.

The way the MacBook “fits” in the case is also good. It slides in easily, but doesn't have so much room that it falls around.

The sleeve is closed with a Velcro fastener, which is relatively strong and reliably prevents the case from opening unintentionally. It's definitely not recommended to hold the sleeve in such a way that the MacBook would theoretically fall out if the clasp doesn't hold, but for a test I did it over the sofa and gave it a good shake. Nothing happened!

I wouldn't have thought that old plastic bottles could make such soft recycled felt (Photo: Sir Apfelot).
I wouldn't have thought that old plastic bottles could make such soft recycled felt (Photo: Sir Apfelot).

Well made and nice to look at

The workmanship of the case is also good. The seams look clean and durable and - as far as I read correctly - were all sewn by hand. The edges also don't give the impression that the felt will fray in the foreseeable future. The material seems quite dense and robust.

At the top of the “lid” the felt has been pressed into lines at the folded point so that the flap is pre-bent and does not open on its own.

Here you can see the grooves pressed into the felt, which make it easier to bend.
Here you can see the grooves pressed into the felt, which make it easier to bend.

And the look is of course a matter of taste, but in my opinion it's really successful. I like the look of felt and therefore think the sleeve looks very successful. The small patch made of vegan leather completes the overall picture.

The small patch looks like leather, but it's not. Completely vegan made from cellulose.
The small patch looks like leather, but it's not. Completely vegan made from cellulose.

Need more space? Check out the roll top backpack!

I'm someone who likes to have a power adapter, charging cable and, if possible, a Magic Mouse with my MacBook Pro. I somehow don't like using the trackpad and you can always use electricity.

Of course, all of this stuff doesn't fit into the sleeve, as it's really designed to fit snugly around the laptop.

But for people who want to pack more, there is also something in the shop Roll top backpacks, which hold the sleeve and many accessories and protect everything during transport.

Here is a screenshot from the shop, but there are many more backpack models than I could show here.
Here is a screenshot from the shop, but there are many more backpack models than I could show here.
Here's a close-up of one of the corners so you can see what the material looks like.
Here's a close-up of one of the corners so you can see what the material looks like.

My conclusion

I'm a big fan of projects in which people make something practical and work in a way that has as little impact on the environment as possible.

For several years now, we at Sir Apfelot have deliberately refused to report on leather products because we think that you can also put your iPhone in vegan imitation leather. And somehow Apple has proven us right by now also Fine woven put.

The MacBook case that Katharina from CATHAstories sent me goes exactly in this direction and is also very well made, protects the MacBook well and even looks good.

I generally only recommend things that I really think are excellent, but this is particularly easy for me because I simply can't find any disadvantages about the case.

The 14-inch MacBook Pro fits pretty snugly into the case, but the laptop is still easy to remove.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro fits pretty snugly into the case, but the laptop is still easy to remove.

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If you want to take a look at the CATHAstories range, you can here to the shop. There is much more than cases for MacBook, iPad and iPhone. Backpacks, bags, hot water bottles and much more – all made from vegan materials – can be found there.

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2 comments on “In the test: vegan MacBook Pro case made from old plastic bottles”

    1. Hi Frank! I think you can throw other devices in there without any problems. But my blog is more about Macs, so I wrote about Macs. VG, Jens

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