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Upcycled fashion: From airplanes to accessories
Portland-based Looptworks is giving new meaning to the phrase "sitting pretty."
The certified B Corp's latest partnership is with Alaska Airlines, repurposing seat leather from their sister company Horizon Air into wallets, laptop sleeves, totes, crossbody and messenger bags.
The new Looptworks "Carry-on Collection" is keeping 4,000 leather seat covers out of the landfill, the company says. One pound of leather requires 2,109 gallons of water to create.
Horizon replaces its seat covers periodically as a part of its maintenance procedures.
Looptworks is working with a local nonproit that employs and trains adults with disabilities to deconstruct and clean the leather, which is then sent to craftsmen in Washington and Oregon.
Looptworks collaboration with Alaska Airlines is a perfect example of how were pushing the boundaries of closed-loop business, says Looptworks founder Scott Hamlin. Creating items from textile waste is an incredibly complicated process and often requires reversing the typical logistics and product manufacturing process.
For more: looptworks.com.