DATA

THE PROS:

Looptworks products come with a lifetime warranty.

Looptworks works with Portland Rehabilitation Center to deconstruct repurposed materials. This facility employees men and women with disabilities. The brand states that it meets Looptworks’ high standards for employee treatment and work philosophy.

Looptworks uses pre-consumer waste materials that are left over from premium goods manufacturers and post-consumer materials from airlines. By implementing this upcycled process, the brand states that it is attempting to progress the movement to close the loop in an industry that creates an enormous amount of waste.

THE CONS:

It is unclear if the brand can trace its entire supply chain.

The brand does not communicate the social impact of its supply chain.

We don’t have any information on how the brand monitors the social and environmental impacts of its supply chain.

/ Looptworks has 12 employees, including the brand’s contract sewers who work at home or offsite.

/ The brand’s business model is centered around two focus areas:

  • Sourcing excess materials that have been abandoned by other companies to create the Looptworks products
  • Partnering with other brands who want to clean up their supply chain and utilize excess materials that they have on hand

/ Looptworks products come with a lifetime warranty.

/ Depending on the amount of material Looptworks gets, the brand generally fabricates 100 to 500 limited edition products, using every inch of fabric until it runs out.

/ We don’t have any information on how many suppliers the brand uses, lead times, and how many collections the brand releases annually.

/ Looptworks shares its sourcing methods, processes locations and other details on its website, on hang tags for items, on its blog, and through social media channels.

/ Looptworks calculates the water waste per product and has an icon next to each product noting the water that was saved by creating the product out of repurposed materials instead of new materials. Looptworks uses the following figures:

/ The brand’s Loopt Classics collection is 100% made in America. The hides are raised in New York, Texas and Nebraska. The hides are tanned and become leather in Wisconsin. The finished leather is then sent to Langlitz shop in Portland, Oregon. Langlitz’ excess leather is sent 30 minutes down the road where it is made into Loopt Classics products.

/ The brand does not publicly disclose a complete list of the countries in which its suppliers are located or the supplier names and addresses.

/ The brand does not communicate the social impact of its supply chain.

/ Looptworks works with Portland Rehabilitation Center to deconstruct repurposed materials. This facility employees men and women with disabilities. The brand states that it meets Looptworks’ high standards for employee treatment and work philosophy.

/ Looptworks reports that the wages it pays its workers vary.

/ The brand states that 100% of Looptworks’ products are crafted in factories that employ fair labor practices. We don’t have any further information on this.

/ The brand does not have a publicly available supplier code of conduct.

/ We don’t have any information on how the brand monitors the social impact of its supply chain.

/ Looptworks uses pre-consumer waste materials that are left over from premium goods manufacturers and post-consumer materials from airlines. By implementing this upcycled process, the brand states that it is attempting to progress the movement to close the loop in an industry that creates an enormous amount of waste.

/ The leather for Looptworks’ In Flight Collection was sourced when Southwest Airlines replaced heavy leather seat covers with a lighter weight material in order to conserve fuel.

/ Some of the brand’s products are made in the US and some are made overseas. The location of manufacturing depends on where Looptworks finds and sources the excess materials used to make the products. The brand manufactures as close as possible to where it sources its materials to lessen the environmental impact of producing the products.

/ Looptworks calculates the water waste per product and has an icon next to each product noting the water that was saved by creating the product out of repurposed materials instead of new materials. Because the brand sources materials from around the world, it uses a global average water footprint for different materials pulled from a couple of different sources. Looptworks uses the following figures:

/ The brand states that it tried a carbon footprint analysis before, but it’s time intensive to calculate it accurately and there’s so much variability in a final number based on the study referenced and Looptworks didn’t want to misrepresent its impact.

 

/ Looptworks’ goal is to end waste. The brand is hoping that by partnering with brands, and helping them clean up their supply chain, while reaching a new market with their products, they will see the value and cost savings in eliminating waste and ethically sourcing their materials.

/ Looptworks aims to re educate consumers on what “waste” means, so that the brand can increase the value associated with upcycled products.

/ Looptworks is a certified B Corp.

 

/ Looptworks and Claire Coffee collaborated to create a backpack for The Power of the Purse, an annual fundraiser hosted by Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest. Each year, Girls Inc. pairs “Purse-onalities” with designers to create one-of-a-kind bags, which are then sold at auction. The fundraiser supports Girls Inc.’s mission of giving young women the tools they need to succeed. To continue showing its support, Looptworks is donating 10% of the sale of each Calvin Backpack to Girls Inc. programs.

/ Looptworks was a sponsor for SB’16 San Francisco, supplying upcycled T-Shirts for the event.

/ In June, 2015, Sustainable Brands reported that Looptworks had partnered with a local nonprofit to provide career training for adults with disabilities; those adults deconstruct the airplane seats and ready them for upcycling.

/ The brand is a privately owned company.

/ Looptworks does not report earnings of any of its employees or leadership.

/ We don’t have any information on how much the CEO made in the last financial year.

/ There are no reported management scandals or issues.

/ The brand’s designers work in tandem with Looptworks’ sourcing team and design products that utilize the material with as little waste as possible.

/ The brand’s business model is centered around two focus areas:

  • Sourcing excess materials that have been abandoned by other companies to create the Looptworks products
  • Partnering with other brands who want to clean up their supply chain and utilize excess materials that they have on hand

/ Looptworks products come with a lifetime warranty.

The location of manufacturing depends on where Looptworks finds and sources the excess materials used to make the products. The brand manufactures as close as possible to where it sources its materials to lessen the environmental impact of producing the products.

Looptworks is a certified B Corp.

VOICES

MARY CATHERINE O’CONNOR | FAST COMPANY

“At Looptworks, the designers adapt their sketches to the cloth the company has sourced. Then Looptworks finds a factory with fair labor practices as close as possible to the textile mill — often in Malaysia, Indonesia, or India. The company sells items such as a $190 jacket, $65 shirt, and $30 laptop sleeve online and in sporty boutiques. Since only small quantities of fabric are usually available, most items are limited editions; each garment has a looped tag that features its upcycling backstory and a production number.” – 07/01/2010

 


 

SCOTT HAMBLIN, FOUNDER | ECOUTERRE

“I worked in the apparel industry for years at traditional companies and noticed the waste that went on, and so did my colleagues here at Looptworks. That’s why we founded the company. We want to lead the way for an overall change in the industry with our message of ‘use what’s already there.'”