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Creating
opportunities
Through Upcycling

We have partnered with Southwest Airlines® and their Repurpose with Purpose program to create opportunities for Costa Ricans!

CATIE, Southwest Airlines, and Repurpose With Purpose

The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) is creating educational spaces through a 1.5-year training program for rural communities focused on technical leatherworking along with professional and personal skills.

How Our Program at CATIE is Structured

Old seats come off

Southwest Airlines partners with organizations, like CATIE, to reimagine thousands of pounds of waste to keep out of landfills.

Grants to social enterprises

CATIE and Southwest® will grant micro, small, and medium social enterprises access to materials and support.

Training program

CATIE offers a 1.5 year in-person training program for rural communities in Costa Rica.

Upcycled products

Social enterprises develop and sell products with a percentage going back to CATIE to support the program.


Since 2016, Southwest has donated 1.4 million pounds of leather to provide employment, skills training, and other social benefits for communities.

CATIE is proud to join the Repurpose with Purpose program.

Who Makes This Possible?

The organizations behind the change
Southwest Airlines ® created the Repurpose with Purpose as a global sustainability initiative that donates leather seat covers so they can provide opportunities and be upcycled.
Headquartered in Turrialba, Costa Rica with 13 member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, CATIE aims to promote Inclusive Green Development, through the construction of human capital, institutional strengthening for research, development, and outreach.
TTF, A registered501(c)(3), seeks to stimulate and promote Inclusive Green Development in the American Tropics by providing resources, opportunities and support to CATIE.

The Journey

Our team of motivated individuals is creating positive and lasting change. Join our initiatives and create an impact in the communities we are working with.

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