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When Southwest Airlines changed to a lighter, more durable, eco-friendly faux leather seat to reduce the weight of their planes and save fuel, they found that had an unusual problem. They had about 43 acres of used leather from the old seats and did not want it to go into a landfill. Instead of throwing the leather away, airline decided to turn some of it two tone backpacks for eco-conscious shoppers and then help others by using some to make soccer balls and shoes for children in Africa. The word often used for these kind of projects is “Upcycling” or turning waste materials into new products of greater value or better environmental value. Southwest’s project also provided job and skills training for disadvantaged and disabled people in Africa and the United States. The company would like to expand the project into Latin America and the Caribbean.—Jim L. Wilson & Jim Sandell

Southwest ‘upcycles’ old airplane seat leather into bags, balls, shoes. By Sheryl Jean,

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/airline-industry/20150210-southwest-upcycles-old-airplane-seat-leather-into-bags-balls-shoes.ece?hootPostID=5bfee2de6bb5b05e4730483ca7b18296, Accessed February 11, 2015.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (TLB) So encourage each other to build each other up, just as you are already doing.

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