JetBlue’s Old Uniforms Become Luggage

Recycling is hardly a new fad and there are many examples of airline bits converted into useful goods as they are retired. For JetBlue the move to new uniforms late last year meant a massive collection of old clothes to dispose of and the net result is a line of bags from Manhattan Portage.


The new bags are manufactured from fabric created by recycling the old uniforms into new nylon. All of them also include a JetBlue branding on the bag as a reminder of where the goods came from.

Southwest Airlines did similar with the roughly 40 acres of leather in its seats cycled out of the fleet in 2014; soccer balls and tote bags were some of the results from that effort.

Always fun to see the airlines doing something a bit more than just going through the motions with their product cycles.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. Nylon from recycled clothes? That’s quite a stretch 🙁
    I like LHs move of recycling live vests. The charm of these is that you recognise some original bits. Not so sure about the B6 nylon?

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