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Airline Surplus Sacks

A Line of JetBlue Bags Makes the Most of Old Crew Uniform Material

— May 18, 2015 — Eco
Made my Manhattan Portage, these JetBlue bags are stitched together with a sensitivity towards the planet. While the air travel industry is not generally known for any significant eco-friendly practices, this collaboration between an airline and a messenger bag manufacturer has resulted in some rather resourcefully produced voyaging accessories.

When JetBlue redesigned its crew's uniforms, they hoped to repurpose the fabric for good use, rather than simply discarding the outdated ensembles. Their solution was to have Manhattan Portage turn them into highly practical travel cases, from toiletry bags and clutches to carry-on duffels and computer bags. The reflective fluorescent vests and the royal blue clothing scraps alike form ideal vessels for the stashing the possessions of airplane passengers. After all, who knows more about being organized for travel than an airline?
Trend Themes
1. Upcycled Fashion Accessories - Transforming discarded clothing into practical and stylish travel accessories presents an opportunity for sustainable fashion brands.
2. Collaborative Circular Economy Initiatives - Partnering with manufacturers to repurpose unused materials can help airlines reduce waste and promote eco-friendly practices.
3. Eco-conscious Air Travel - The airline industry can embrace sustainability by supporting innovative solutions that make use of surplus materials.
Industry Implications
1. Fashion and Retail - Fashion brands can incorporate upcycled materials into their product lines, tapping into the growing demand for sustainable fashion.
2. Manufacturing - Manufacturers can explore partnerships with airlines to repurpose their surplus materials, creating new business opportunities in the circular economy.
3. Travel and Hospitality - Hotels, airlines, and travel agencies can promote eco-conscious travel by offering or partnering with brands that make sustainable travel accessories from discarded materials.
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