Technology Association of Oregon member companies continue to offer innovative solutions to support businesses and employees impacted by COVID-19.
TAO Member Company: Looptworks
Give us a short intro to your business:
Looptworks is a Portland, Oregon-based business known for upcycling abandoned pre-consumer and post-consumer materials into limited edition products as part of a larger circular economy ecosystem. Founded in 2009, Looptworks is a Certified B-Corporation that partners with sustainable companies in various industries including athletic, automotive, aviation, outdoor, and entertainment. Its mission is to ignite zero waste and circular design through a closed-loop system.
How has your company pivoted to adapt to the COVID era?:
When the virus started taking its toll in the US in mid-late March, we, as a B Corporation, immediately looked for ways to help. Fairly quickly, it became clear that our dispersed supply chain and our access to pre-consumer excess materials were primed to safely scale in an effort to protect both the planet and people amidst this crisis. By tapping into these existing parts of our business, we have been able to provide reusable, upcycled protective face masks and gowns for Port of Portland, Portland Fire & Rescue, local and national hospitals, airlines, distilleries, and others – ensuring that waste is minimized and our air is protected while essential workers are protected during these times.
Additionally, we are working closely with brand partners who are facing an influx of inventory, excess material, and more due to COVID challenges of closed retail shops, paused production, and declining sales. In these partnerships, we focus on efficient and innovative zero-waste-to-landfill solutions to help continue protecting people and the planet amidst the pandemic.
What resources can your business offer to support the community?:
Looptworks can assist the TAO community in many ways but two prominent opportunities come to mind:
(1) Protective Wear – Looptworks can help provide reusable personal protective equipment like face masks, gowns, any beyond. We currently stocked up on durable upcycled face masks, available at small quantities online or in bulk (at wholesale pricing) via firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, we are actively sourcing protective wear like goggles and gloves domestically and internationally upon request.
(2) Sustainable Merchandise Sourcing – The Looptworks collab team excels in sourcing and branding sustainable products for corporate gifting, events, fundraisers, and more. If your team is in need of anything from sweatshirts and hats to notebooks and backpacks, our team can help you source the best sustainable options from our trusted suppliers and customize the products to your need.
What is the best way for the community to get in touch?:
For specific product needs and more of our brand story, check out https://www.looptworks.
To keep up with current happenings socially, we can be found on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook @looptworks.
To learn more about how we can help your business with PPE, sustainable goods, or other projects, feel free to reach out to our Director of Collab Sales, Ron Hawk, at Ron@Looptworks.com anytime.
What’s one thing that helps you stay positive or gives you hope during difficult times?:
Through these times, we have been motivated by how consciously and carefully our partners and entire industries are strategizing for the future. While there is a lot of work to be done, it is a time for us to collaborate and innovate unlike ever before in order to rebuild with more intention and strength. So we are looking ahead to see how the power of business and partnership will unfold.