In late 2014 I wrote about how Southwest airline seats were recycled for a good cause. The airline donated the leather from some of their old airplane seats which in turn were made into soccer balls and other items.
I received a press release from JetBlue about a program that seems to be a bit similar in some ways…
JetBlue has teamed up with Manhattan Portage, makers of the famous NYC bicycle messenger bags to recycle unused uniforms into a “fashion-forward bag collection“.
After releasing new uniforms for the first time ever last year, JetBlue “worked to save old, never worn pieces from landfill” according to the press release. Their overstock of old uniforms were put to use in a very interesting way.
The airline seems to take environmental-issues seriously. They even designed their boutique hotel to be environmentally friendly…
If you’d like to have a piece of JetBlue history repurposed as a stylish bag then one of these might be for you.
After the airline reached out to Manhattan Portage, “uniforms from various JetBlue functions were broken down and repurposed into a fully functional (and stylish) limited edition bag collection… Each bag not only saves valuable textiles from landfills, it holds unique value and has its own character, as its design elements were once worn by some of the most unique crewmembers in the airline industry“.
The bags have the JetBlue logo on them and will also feature Manhattan Portage’s red label which “is widely recognized in over 40 countries“.
Besides using the older style, unworn uniforms to create this unique bag collection, JetBlue also donated over 18.5 tons of worn uniforms, clothing and fabric to some non-profit partners.
According to the press release, those partners include “Planet Aid, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that collects and recycles worn clothing and shoes and, Loomstate, an end-to-end sustainable fashion house. Planet Aid is selling the clothing with the proceeds supporting health, agricultural, educational, and environmental programs in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America“.
From what I saw, bags range in price from $25 – $279 and happen to look pretty awesome!
Check out the JetBlue- Manhattan Portage collection here.
To celebrate the release of the new JetBlue bags, Manhattan Portage is running a photo-sharing contest with lots of great prizes.
- Grand Prize: Winner will receive two round trip travel certificates to NYC sponsored by JetBlue Airways and a two nights stay, downtown sponsored by Grand Life Hotels
- Second Prize: Full product collection of the Manhattan Portage x Jet Blue collaboration
- Third Prize: Manhattan Portage Idlewild Luggage Bag
- Open to legal US residents
- Must be over the age 18
How To Enter:
- Upload your selfie on the contest page
- Tag your photo using hashtags #MeandMP #ManhattanPortage
Find out more and enter for a chance to win one of the prizes here.