Looptworks is a Portland, Oregon business that upcycles or re-purposes abandoned, pre-consumer and post-consumer materials into limited-edition products.[1][2] By re-using the world’s pre-consumer excess, the U.S.-based company aims to "break the cycle of waste".[3][4] The products created by Looptworks primarily focus on bags, accessories and clothing.[2]

FounderScott Hamlin
Gary Peck
HeadquartersPortland, Oregon
Area served
United States

It is estimated that a single garment factory can create up to 60,000 pounds (27 metric tons) of textile waste, which normally goes to landfills.[5][6] Looptworks intends to use that waste to make new products.[6] "Our intent is to follow the waste stream. We as western society have gone over [to Asia] and asked a lot of people to do favors for us but haven’t considered what the implications are. We have to clean up our mess", according to Scott Hamlin, Looptworks's Co-Founder.[6] Looptworks intends to call attention to excess and waste, and encourage "thoughtful consumption."[6]

Looptworks's designs will change frequently, as sources of supply vary, making each design effectively a "limited edition",[1][2] which the company hopes adds to the attraction for some consumers.[1][6]

Looptworks will have a much quicker design cycle than most apparel makers with an estimated 9 weeks as opposed to 54 weeks.[6]

Looptworks has introduced "laptop sleeves" constructed from a wetsuit factory's scrap neoprene.[7]

According to Ariel Schwartz of Fast Company: "Looptworks isn't the first company to manufacture upcycled goods-but it is the first clothing line to exclusively use textile waste that would otherwise end up in the garbage."[2]


Looptworks was the official supplier and sponsor of the Cascadia official soccer team during June 2014 - May 2018.


  1. ^ a b c Smith, Paul (September 4, 2009). "Beyond Organic – Looptworks Upcycles Textile Waste into Treasures". Triple Pundit. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d Schwartz, Ariel (September 2, 2009). "Looptworks Upcycles Textile Scraps Into Clothing". Fast Company. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  3. ^ "About Looptworks". Looptworks web site. Archived from the original on 29 August 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  4. ^ "looptworks". Greenloop. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  5. ^ Entrepreneur Magazine video
  6. ^ a b c d e f Brones, Anna (September 9, 2009). "Wearable Waste: Looptworks Launches 100% Upcycled Activewear Line". Wend Magazine. Archived from the original on 12 September 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  7. ^ "Upcycled Looptworks Laptop Sleeves Turn Trashed Neoprene into Cash". TrendHunter Magazine. 14 February 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2010.

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