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Working for Sustainability in Costa Rica


Through Southwest’s Repurpose with Purpose program, our aircraft seat leather is transformed into new products while providing skills training, employment, and many benefits for communities across the United States and Central America.





One of our Repurpose with Purpose partners, Wearsos, has officially launched its online boutique, where you can purchase handcrafted and hand-painted items made with Southwest aircraft seat leather!


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Based in Costa Rica, Wearsos also utilizes material donated by Gen Phoenix, including their flagship recycled leather material. This material is created from leather offcuts destined for the landfill and used widely across the airline industry for seating upholstery—including on Southwest aircraft!


Wearsos is dedicated to promoting a circular economy and empowering artisans in Turrialba, Costa Rica, through meaningful employment and educational opportunities. The name Wearsos symbolizes the fusion of "wear" and "sostenibilidad," the Spanish word for sustainability, which embodies their core mission.


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Since joining the Southwest Family, Wearsos has partnered with Southwest on several events and initiatives. Last month, the Wearsos team, including two artisans from Turrialba, joined Southwest for Luck Reunion, a music festival at Willie Nelson’s ranch. Their beautiful pieces were on display (and available for purchase) for festival attendees.


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We are proud of the change that Wearsos is helping foster for their community in Costa Rica and beyond—and we are excited that their incredible products are now available for purchase to help them continue their meaningful work.


Happy shopping at the Wearsos boutique!