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! 

 

Looptworks apparel at the Moda Center Rip City Store

 We also made a limited edition batch of the softshell jackets available on Looptworks.com here.

 


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