The Green Games: Portland Trail Blazers + Looptworks Collaboration

What do you do with 4,000 obsolete game jerseys? The Portland Trail Blazers didn't think they had an excess problem until they suddenly had room full of obsolete game jerseys to dispose of... excess comes in many forms.

upcycling trail blazer jerseys

To deal with the problem, they called Looptworks. Our motto, "use only what exists" is the rule we live by in creating new and useful products, so we went to work figuring out what we could do. 

The solution: create wearables out of what was once wearable. 

 

Trail Blazer upcycled Looptworks backpack and scarf

A packable backpack came first. Then a scarf, followed by jackets.

In order to upcycle the jerseys into new wearable products on a larger scale, we had to first deconstruct them.

For the deconstruction, we looked to our our partners at PHC Northwest, also known as the Portland Habilitation Center. They specialize in training and employing people with disabilities, providing them with technical skills that can earn them a living wage.

a working at PHC Northwest deconstructs blazer jerseys in order to prep them for upcycling.

Once the materials are prepared for production, we're ready to upcycle! Some of the products are produced in house, while others are upcycled using local factories.

For game three of the Green Games, we produced what are possibly the most popular items yet - upcycled softshell jackets that we'd dubbed the "Let it Reign" Jackets.

upcycled softshell trail blazers jackets by Looptworks

 upcycled softshell jacket

 

If you're interested in a limited edition Let it Reign Trail Blazers + Looptworks softshell jacket, they're available at the Moda Center - tell them we sent you! (We also made a limited edition batch of unbranded softshell jackets available on Looptworks.com.)

trail blazers looptworks bball cap

This is the Trail Blazers + Looptworks Upcycled BBall Cap. The skyline is lazer cut from actual excess basketball material, and the cap is covered using upcycled material. Want one? We have a few hats still available, on Looptworks.com!

looptworks blazers recycled basketball caps

Our product for the final Green Game was an upcycled rolltop backpack.

trail blazers upcycled roll top backpack

 

Looptworks apparel at the Moda Center Rip City Store

 

The Trail Blazers produced a video documenting our partnership. Check it out on Facebook here.

 


1 Response

Peter simpson
Peter simpson

May 31, 2017

Great to see that well produced original goods can become really “cool” up cycled products
Original Spirit is no lost

Peter

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