I have a laptop.
I also have a habit of just taking it everywhere without a case.
And, well, I wanted to protect my laptop and not scratch it anymore than what it already was.
So, way back in February, I started thinking about and preparing for uni. This included a huge hunt for a laptop case. I no longer liked and wanted to use the cases we had at home, think of Typo for 13-15 year-olds. They weren’t nice looking, and I wanted a case that looked nice, but also met with my beliefs.
Which is what started my search for a sustainable and ethical laptop case.
And it took a while to find a case I liked.
I wanted to support small, have it zero-waste, and for the workers/creators of the case to have a living wage.
I went searching on Etsy, and then I found Live Softly. Their Etsy shop didn’t provide a lot of information, but they also have their own website with more information and their story. And then I couldn’t resist.
And so, I purchased the Shibori Blue case in a size medium. I wasn’t sure whether to purchase from their website or Etsy, but I ended up going with Etsy so I could leave a review.
Onto the review
4.5 stars out of five
I’m not going to lie, I’m incredibly happy with this case. I love it more than I thought I would. It’ll last me for ages.
The only downside is I probably ordered the wrong size. While it fits my laptop (Surface Book 3) horizontally, vertically my laptop is a little big. As a result, I can’t get the button to close, but that hasn’t impacted my use of the case. I’ll normally carry my laptop and am aware of the button situation so it’s been fine.
The case is soft, as it’s made out of merino wool, and I love the blues.
I’ve gotten multiple compliments which is really nice.
I tend to rest my laptop on it while working, and I have yet to further scratch the bottom of my laptop which is the whole reason I wanted to get a case. If I have my laptop resting on it, it’s easy to share the screen with friends as the case slides on the uni tables nicely when moved.
My handling of computers can be reckless so this case is saving my laptop for sure.
Having the case makes me slow down and think about how I’m treating and using my laptop and carrying it around just makes me happier. I’ve become attached to the case and it’s a weird feeling. It also makes me feel more productive and I think just slowing down to take my laptop out and put it away has helped me become more productive in a weird way (I’m just a weird person). Do you ever find yourself having weird attachments like this or am I the only one haha?
In all honesty, it’s just nice to have a laptop case that I love.
About Live Softly
Live Softly is design with a conscience. The cases are hand made in Nepal under Fair Trade conditions, supporting marginalised communities affected by Leprosy. The wool is sourced from short fibre offcuts from the New Zealand wool industry which would otherwise be discarded and all products are plastic-free with minimal packaging.
If you want to learn more about their process visit their Our Story page HERE.
While I know I should have used the cases we already had at home, once I get an idea in my head it’s incredibly hard to stop. I’m impulsive. But this is one impulsive decision that I’m incredibly happy about. It’s going to last me years and the blue is timeless.
If you’re in need of a new laptop case, I’d highly recommend checking out Live Softly.
And I hope you’ve enjoyed this little review. It’s different to what I normally do, but I love sharing products that I’ve purchased and enjoy. Let me know if you’d like to see more mini and rambling reviews like this one!
Other than that, I hope you’ve had or you have a lovely day!