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Upcycled Drinkwear: Old Clothes Into Useful New Things!

Has staying at home and general boredom got you cleaning out clothes for donation, or planning to store them away per season? Or have you found old t-shirts and tank tops you don’t want to throw away but know you won’t wear again? Uncommon Covers has the perfect solution! Instead of shirts taking up space in drawers and largely forgotten, upcycle and get them made into a koozie or two! Coasters, scrunchies, and face masks are also available, dependent on the size of the graphic or fabric to be kept.

Original Upcycled Drinkwear
Original Upcycled Drinkwear

For over five years now, Team Uncommon Covers has made multiple versions of all their koozie sizes from upcycled clothing. The process first began with a couple of prototypes from Goodwill shirts, then evolved into the first official Upcycled Drinkwear: a beloved, holey shirt from college days was made into a 16 oz. Tall Boy size. Pleased with the product and its fortitude from extensive porch testing, these upcycled products soon became available at events where Uncommon Covers had a booth. The response has been phenomenal; people truly love this original idea!

Most everyone has at least one or two shirts floating around their house which have special meaning but don’t get worn anymore. These can be from school, a band or show, and occasions like concerts and golfing events. Upcycled Drinkwear is the perfect means to preserve these articles of clothing into something useful and compact. For best results, choose your much worn shirts made from soft cotton/jersey blend, adorned with worn screen printing. Stretch denim is also an option, as well as any fabric comprised of a cotton blend.

Upcycled Drinkwear comes with the neoprene lining (which with the provided material, provides extra wicking) and signature side stitch of Uncommon Covers. Plus, it is still machine washable! Always made in Texas, simply drop off your item locally or send it through the mail, clearly indicating in writing what part you want saved or if you want to use the whole item for Uncommon Cover products. Choices range from a koozie or two to a coaster, a scrunchie or a face mask. Koozies are available in all sizes: 12 oz. regular, 12 oz. skinny, 16 oz. tall boy, 24 oz. silo, cup sleeves, and The Forty (40 oz.), as well as custom sizes. Get to digging in those drawers, bins, and closets. Upcycled Drinkwear is great for the earth, innovative for gifts, and perfectly suited to you!

For more about clothing waste, please see the chart below and visit here and here.

Textile waste chart
Textile Waste Chart from epa.gov

 

Support Three Birds with One Face Mask

Now is a time of uncertainty for all. Personal and professional lives are intermingling like never before, and clear courses of action are in short supply. We as Americans have ways to lessen impact to our communities, including social distancing and utilizing face masks, as well as supporting our healthcare workers and grocery store employees. One thing which remains steadfast is kindness: choosing to treat others with compassion and respect is important especially now.

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Of course, we are all aware of how local and national businesses are being affected. One constant which may not be so obvious is the United States Postal Service. Everyone needs USPS to deliver mail, packages, and magazines; in this time of isolation, this connection has become key. However, due to businesses reducing marketing and customers reducing purchasing, the USPS has been impacted, in addition to the detrimental 2006 law passed by Congress which required the creation of “a $72 billion reserve to pay for the cost of its post-retirement health care costs, 75 years into the future. This burden applies to no other federal agency or private corporation.”

Here are some facts about the United States Postal Service:

  • More than 7.3 million people are employed by the agency.
  • Zero tax dollars are used by the Postal Service. Sales of postage, products, and services fund its entire operation.
  • The Postal Service employs more than 97,000 military veterans and is one of the largest employers of veterans in the country.
  • In 2019, the Postal Service recycled 177,612 tons of paper, 39,792 tons of cardboard and 5,537 tons of plastic.
  • Minorities comprise nearly 40% of the Postal Service workforce.

Source: https://facts.usps.com/

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Now for some great news!

It is easy to support both the United States Postal Service and a small business! Along with the usual array of unique drinkwear, Uncommon Covers is now offering face masks for sale, which will be shipped, as usual, via USPS. This is the perfect way to support two types of industry which are essential to America, and protect your family and community! Available in both adult and child sizes, these masks are hand sewn (as are all UC products!), washable & reusable with 3 layers of cotton. Each face mask is made to order; multiple fabric options are offered. Send a few to family and friends, gift your favorite essential worker, and order for yourself.

Uncommon Covers has proudly donated to frontline workers and first responders in New Braunfels, San Antonio, Houston, and Lubbock. This is a real opportunity to help multiple groups of people. Order today!