Made in the Northwest – Looptworks
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We recently took a trip over to Looptwork’s NE Portland headquarters to talk to co-founder Scott Hamlin about what makes the company tick. Motivated by their B-Corp triple bottom line policy of people, planet, and profit, Looptworks is out to make beautiful, functional products that also give back to the environment.
Whether an iPad sleeve, t-shirt, or camera bag, Looptworks products are all made from upcycled materials, usually repurposed from the waste materials of other manufacturers. For certain products, using recycled instead of virgin leather has saved thousands of gallons of water per bag, and thousands of tons of materials have been diverted from landfills. Their most high-profile example of repurposing was the Project LUV Seat collection, a partnership with Southwest Airlines in which Looptworks turned 80,000 used seat covers into totes, backpacks, and duffels. The manufacturing was also all done in the Pacific Northwest.
At Pro Photo Supply, we carry Looptworks’ Northwest Collection, which appeals to the lifestyles of Northwest photographers (and non-photographers—but really, who isn’t a photographer these days?). The bags are made from repurposed scrap leather and nylon, giving them a lightweight yet durable build. Stop by to check them out on display in our camera bag aisle!