Until they start making tablets and smartphones that are impervious to scratches, dings, and drops, we'll continue to need cases and protective sleeves for them. And while there are a lot of different "green" options available for mobile device covers, very few of them allow for creative embellishment, let alone actually encourage it and enable it.
But Papernomad is distinctly different, in that each of the sleeves come as a blank canvas, capable of capturing your creative spirit and displaying it for all the world to see.
Papernomad, from Griffin Technology, is made with a water resistant and tearproof cover (made from paper, viscose fiber and biopolymer) that just begs to be decorated and doodled on, and can serve as a playground for your creativity.
The cover can be decorated with paint, pencils, pens, markers, crayons, or just about any other art medium you care to use (including lipstick or coffee or bodily fluids, if that's how you roll).
Inside the paper skin is a layer of static-free unbleached wool, backed by batting, which pads and protects your device, and an organic hemp pull strap (with magnetic closure) holds it securely while also allowing for the device to be easily removed from the sleeve.
According to Griffin Technology, the paper used to make these sleeves comes from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) trees, the wool comes from "happy sheep from New Zealand", and the entire thing is compostable (except the magnet, I'm assuming).
I've been using the Papernomad Zattere Sleeve for my iPad for the last month or so, and while I have a couple of other cases for it that I like, I find myself continuing to use the Papernomad one for a couple of different reasons. One is that I really like the feel of it when it's on my device (it's slim enough to fit into a bag while on the iPad, but at the same time the padding and cover feel stout enough to stand up to everyday abuse), another is that due to the way the edges are sewn, there is an additional buffer space between the device and everything else in my bag, and still another is that it fits so well on iPad that it never feels as if it could accidentally slip out.
I have to confess that my sleeve is still blank, but I actually kind of like it that way, as I enjoy the contrast between plain brown paper on the outside and high-tech gadget on the inside. It feels like a little slice of analog in an overly machined and digital world.
Papernomad sleeves are available to fit the iPhone 4 and 5, iPad, iPad mini, MacBook Air and Pro, and the Samsung Galaxy S III, and run anywhere from $39.99 to $69.99 (USD).
[I did receive a free Papernomad sleeve for review, but all opinions within this piece are mine alone.]