These Bags Fly The Eco-Friendly Skies

When Southwest decided to improve the fuel efficiency of its fleet by replacing heavier materials with lighter ones—including the fabrics used in seats—a design company called Looptworks saw more than a plush landfill. Specializing in high-end repurposed goods, the Portland-based outfit worked with Southwest to acquire as much of the airline’s retired leather as possible. Then it started converting this well-traveled upholstery into luggage for well-heeled travelers.