Thursday, January 5, 2012

Looptworks


Have you ever been so tired that you feel like your brain is numb?

That’s pretty much where I have been today.

I guess I’m not getting much younger and working the way I have over the past few days has really wiped me out.

One would say that I am definitely loopy.

I was getting ready to leave work tonight when I happened to glance outside.

And I saw this:

So I ran over to grab my phone to get some pictures, and I was getting super frustrated because I kept getting a horrible glare off of the window.

*Really – this picture does it NO justice as to how beautiful the sunset in Pittsburgh was today!

So I immediately packed my things up, decided to pass on changing my shoes to walk to where my husband picks me up, and made a beeline to the door.

I was determined to get a good picture of this sunset.

And this is where the loopy-ness comes in again.

I pretty much ran like a crazy person down the sidewalk to where I could see the sky between the buildings again, with my phone in my hand, camera all ready to go!

At least I wasn’t so out of it that I remembered to stop for the lights and wait so I didn’t get run over. And that’s a feat even on good days when I’m not tired. I tend to play chicken with traffic, the exception being the buses – I’m convinced that they would hit you given the opportunity!

And all I got was this:

Not terribly disappointing, but still nowhere near as amazing as it was to see in person.

Oh well.

I tried!

Segueing to my feature tonight isn’t the best, but it does have the word loop in its name!

We are talking about Looptworks.  www.looptworks.com
Looptworks -

“Launched in September 2009, Looptworks is a ground-breaking business that repurposes abandoned materials into meaningful, long-lasting and limited-edition products. By re-using the world’s pre-consumer excess, the U.S.-based company aims to rid the world of waste while inspiring a generation to reduce their impact on the planet.”

Did you know that it takes over a year to manufacture new clothing? This is something that I just learned from Looptworks’ site, and I am pretty amazed at what goes into the process – and above that how much waste is created in this process.

“At Looptworks, it takes nine weeks and no new materials to create the Jalan shirt. Adds Peck, “This is not only a new way of making clothing and accessories, it is a totally new way of thinking. We hope people start to think about what they buy, where it came from, and what natural resources it required to produce it.””

Here are a few items that I particularly loved from their site:
          Looptworks - Chinhai Hoodie                              Looptworks - Fanta Performance Tee

               Chinhai Hoodie                               Fanta Performance Tee

          Looptworks - Bergaya Jacket                              Looptworks - Silvan Hoodie

                 Bergaya Jacket                                  Silvan Hoodie

They also make some pretty cool gear including this camera case that I am pretty sure I need:
Looptworks - camera case
Here are some interesting facts that I learned from Looptworks’ site:
  •  In 2006, Americans generated more than 11.8 million tons of textile waste
  • Each week, one factory can dispose of about 60,000 pounds of textile waste that goes into landfills
  • Looptworks uses top-quality, excess materials and components that already exist
  • Looptworks offers, fresh, numbered, limited-edition eco-friendly clothing
  • In typical manufacturing situations, it takes approximately 400 gallons of water to manufacture one shirt

And that is only some of the information that they have on their site. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty fascinated and impressed!

I think instead of the hoodie I was looking to buy from another big-name retailer, I will be getting one from Looptworks! Consider them next time you are thinking about adding something to your wardrobe! 

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