It’s stylish. It’s functional. And people used to sit on it. (Photo: Alaska Airlines)
Yeah, it looks nice. But can it be used as a floatation device?
In addition to the carry-on bags, the designer is also offering purses, laptop bags, and passport covers.
The project came about when the airline started replacing seats in its fleet of Boeing 737-800s and 900s. Alaska Airlines’ Green Team wanted to find a way to keep all that leather from wasting away in a landfill.
Grab a seat (aka your handbag) and head to the airport. (Photo: Alaska Airlines)
“It’s very exciting to see someone developing a grass-roots business from something that we were just going to throw away,” Alaska Airlines program manager and Green Team member Pete Roberts said in the company’s blog.
Added Greg Mays, Alaska’s vice president of maintenance and engineering: “By partnering with these innovative designers [at Mariclaro], we’re not only diverting waste from local landfills, but we’re giving people a chance to own a piece of Alaska’s history. It’s not often that people can own a bag that has already traveled more miles than they have.”
The bags are available on Mariclaro’s website and at the Alaska Airlines Company Store at SeaTac airport.