From late June, Apple fans in search of the latest iPad 2 boutique accessory will be able to get their hands on a case made from Kangaroo leather.
The iPad 2 Notebook Kangaroo Leather Case will go on sale at $199.95 (£122), and will be the first in a series of high-end tablet and smart-phone cases made from genuine K-Leather.
The creator is an Australian man, Arnold Aranez, who claims Kangaroos make great material for protecting devices. “The fiber structure of kangaroo leather is the strongest of any readily available leather,” says Aranez in a press release.
“As the smartphone and tablet markets continue to mature, people will naturally look for ways to protect or individualise their devices,” he adds.
“What we’re doing is providing consumers with a high-end choice.”
According to the press release, the case has a slim notebook design that affords easy access to charging ports, buttons and camera. It includes a business card holder and “a clever foldout lap-stand”, whatever that is.
Anticipating concerns from animal rights activists, Aranez explains kangaroos are not killed for leather. The Australian government controls the population of kangaroos because they are currently overpopulated and threaten numerous other species, says Aranez. "The skins are a byproduct in the same sense that cowhide leather is a byproduct of the meat industry.”
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