Looptworks moves into leather upcycling with iPad cases

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Looptworks' "Shaxi" iPad cover retails for $80 and folds into a stand. Click on the image to see other leather iPad covers from Looptworks.

Looptworks, which has built a business around rescuing textiles from the waste stream and turning them into clothing and accessories, is making its first foray into leather upcycling with a new line of iPad covers.

The excess scrap leather, sourced in the U.S. and Brazil, is being turned into sleek iPad covers by Portland-based Looptworks. The covers retail for $70 and $80.

After working with everything from discarded neoprene wetsuit fabric to Italian wool, leather is a new material for Looptworks, but fits with the company's goals to reduce manufacturing waste by using textiles that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

"Consider this: In a single day, one factory generates 4,500 pounds of excess scrap leather which is equivalent more than 9 million gallons of water," said Scott Hamlin, co-founder of Looptworks, in a statement.

Looptworks is partnering with Prime Asia Leather Corp. to source the scrap leather.

Looptworks last year was recognized by Sustainable Business Oregon as an innovator in sustainable supply chain operations. The company launched its retail strategy in 2010.


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