Houston Chronicles: New Tote Bags Made of Recycled Southwest Airlines Seat Leather
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.
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"DENVER — In a Portland workshop, hundreds of Denver Nuggets jerseys are being cut to pieces.
The Portlanders wielding the scissors aren't taking out their frustrations about the Trailblazers loss in Game 1 of the series with the Nuggets. They're taking the jerseys apart to put them back together again in the form of new gear for Nuggets fans."
"Looking for some new Trail Blazers gear ahead of game 2 against the Nuggets?
A local store is offering some gear with a twist.
When players are traded or jerseys are retired, often they can't be sold anymore and go into storage. The company Looptworks repurposes those items into gear that can be sold."