Southwest demonstrates its LUV of recycling

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Southwest Airlines has created a line of upcycled fashion accessories, manufactured from hundreds of pounds of leather from airplane seat covers. The scheme is the result of a multi-year collaboration with Mexican fashion label Carla Fernández that will see used leather seat covers converted by indigenous artisans in seven Mexican communities into shoes and bags, ponchos and key chains. Best of all, Southwest will reduce the amount of waste the airline sends to landfills, while also generating social and economic opportunities for communities.

“Southwest Airlines is proud to partner with Carla Fernández on LUV Seat: Mexico as a part of our Repurpose with Purpose program,” said Bill Tiffany, Southwest Airlines VP of supply chain management. “Through this impactful program, indigenous artisans have been able to incorporate their trades into the designs to create some incredible pieces while learning essential economic development skills through entrepreneurial training programs.”

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Ever since his first flight on a TriStar, Adam has loved air travel, and since becoming editor of the Aircraft Interiors International brand he has really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the latest aircraft and airline products before they are even launched. Adam co-ordinates the running of the magazine, from commissioning articles and artwork, to ensuring that high standards of quality are maintained, as well as managing online content. Adam is proud to sit on the jury of the Crystal Cabin Awards and to have laid on the bed in Etihad's Residence.

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