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Alaska Airlines and Looptworks partner to upcylce seat leather into cool bags


This Leather Bag was a Seat

Lily Stroud

Sustainable style just took a flying leap forward with the Carry-On Collection, a cool new line of bags and accessories crafted from what used to be leather airline seats. The collection debuts today.

Kudos goes to Alaska Airlines (an airline that ranks high when it comes to lessening its impact on the environment) and Looptworks—the companies behind this stylish and practical collection of cross-body and messenger bags, as well as wallet, tote, and laptop sleeve—all crafted from repurposed seat leather from Alaska’ sister carrier, Horizon Air. Thanks to the collaboration, 4,000 seat covers have been kept out of landfill.

Looptworks is a Portland, Oregon-based brand that works with companies to transform what is otherwise deemed waste into beautiful new products. It partnered with a non-profit in Oregon that employs and trains adults with disabilities to deconstruct and clean the leather, positively impacting the communities where Alaska Airline customers work and live. Once cleaned and prepped, the renewed leather then meets the hands of locally skilled craftsmen in Washington and Oregon. The result? A great collection of travel-inspired bags and small accessories.

Thanks to the collaboration, 4,000 seat covers have been kept out of landfill.

The cost of cleaning and deconstructing each seat is far outweighed by the cost to the environment from creating new materials. One pound of leather requires 2,109 gallons of water to create,” explains Scott Hamlin, founder of Looptworks. “Our mission is to inspire change both with shoppers and within our industry’s current manufacturing model, as it is still easier to create products from new materials as opposed to repurposing existing materials. The textile industry is the second dirtiest industry in the world behind oil—we need innovation to change.”

Prices range from $65 for the Carry-On Card Wallet to $230 for the Carry-on Messenger Bag. For purchasing info, click here.


Lily Stroud

Lily Stroud

Lily Stroud is the Assistant Editor at Her beats are beauty and style. A self-described green-beauty geek, she has a soft spot for indie companies and handmade products. Her spa hobbies include aromatherapy (she's partial to pine and lemongrass) and whipping up her own salts and scrubs. Reach her at