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Nothing New with Looptworks

If you haven’t heard of them, you soon will, all the way down to their innovative supply chain, which involves nothing new, literally. “Launched in September 2009,Looptworks is a ground-breaking business that repurposes abandoned materials into meaningful, long-

(source:www.thegreenloopblog.com)

 

 

If you  haven’t heard of them, you soon will, all the way down to their innovative supply chain, which involves nothing new, literally.  “Launched in September 2009,Looptworks is a ground-breaking business that repurposes abandoned materials into meaningful, long-lasting and limited-edition products. By re-using the world’s pre-consumer excess, the U.S.-based company aims to rid the world of waste while inspiring a generation to reduce their impact on the planet. The inaugural line includes jackets hoodies, skirts, shirts and graphic t-shirts for both men and women.”

 

All the way down to their notions (buttons, thread and the like), Looptworks sources everything from existing materials, all limited run, with a pretty darn fast production turn around time.  They may not fit into conventional systems for evaluating supply chains, as some of their materials simply can’t be traced back to their source, but in their opinion, which I share, it sure beats that material ending up in a landfill. “Looptworks has turned the way traditional apparel companies manufacture cool clothing inside out: Instead of designing collections more than a year in advance, Looptworks shortens the development cycle to weeks. Instead of using the world’s limited resources to manufacture brand new fabrics, Looptworks uses top-quality, excess materials and components that already exist. Instead of producing huge flash-fashion seasonal collections like traditional apparel manufacturers, Looptworks offers fresh, numbered, limited-edition eco-friendly clothing.”

 

Looptworks designs are well made, enduring, with an aesthetic that can withstand season and after season of fickle trends.  The materials are evaluated for longevity and wear and the fit is good.  It’s also pretty amazing the amount of resources that can be saved by simply using existing materials.  ” For example, at least 400 gallons of water are used to manufacture one shirt. The fabric that is not used in production is left over excess and often discarded, adding to the 60,000 pounds of pre-consumer waste produced by one vertical textile factory every week.”

 

It’s also unlikely that you’ll see your favorite Looptworks shirt on someone else, given the low number made of each style.  Score one for the unique you.  “With a traditional apparel manufacturer, 3600 other people might purchase the same exact product, a quantity that represents a typical factory minimum. Looptworks limits what it can produce based on the amount of materials leftover. Typically this means that there will be no more than 500 of any given style. Each one is hand-numbered making it indeed a one-of-a-kind collectible.”

They’ve got some pretty sweet options in the gift giving department.  I’d be quite pleased to house my iPad in this Shan Envelop Sleeve ($28), or stash my camera in aHayiue Camera Case ($22) and because everyone loves a hoody (just about) theSilvan Hoody ($75)offers an aesthetically appealing departure from the norm while still meeting all requirements of the hooded for comfort and warmth.  I think  I’ve got a case of upcycled, love.

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