New tote bags made of recycled Southwest Airlines seat leather

Old upholstery doesn't have to go to waste. When Southwest Airlines removed 80,000 of its seats to replace them with lighter ones, the Dallas-based airline was left with 43 acres of old seat leather. Instead of discarding all those scraps, Southwest decided to up-cycle them into something stylish. The airline has partnered with a Portland-based company called Looptworks to turn that leather into a limited-edition series of backpacks, duffel bags and totes.