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Upcycling airplane leather into shoes and soccer balls

After a recent large-scale redesign of many of its 737 aircraft, U.S.-based Southwest Airlines found itself with an excess of 80,000 leather seat covers—enough to fill the Empire State Building. The replacement of leather seat coverings with a durable lightweight material was done in order to reduce aircraft weight—272 kilograms per plane—and thus fuel consumption. […]

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