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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

 

New Product Alert! UC Scrunchies Make It Easier Than Ever To Flaunt Your Good Taste

Summer is here, scrunchies are back in fashion, and your drink is sweating. Quick! What do you do? We recommend going the functional fashion route and bundling a new koozie with a matching scrunchie, or ordering a scrunchie to go with an Uncommon Covers koozie you already own! Whether the scrunchie trend is new to you or you are thrilled to see its third regeneration, donning an Uncommon Covers scrunchie while sipping an Uncommon Covers sheathed beverage takes awesomeness to the next level.

scrunchie group

Aside from being a fabulously fun way to accessorize your hair, scrunchies can be used for a myriad of things! Wear one on each ankle and change the look of a pair of heels. Decorate your pet. Send to a loved one and think about them each time the coordinating koozie is used. Adorn a doorknob as festive décor. Claim a drink in the frig. Snap against your wrist to break a bad habit. Wear around your ears as an alternative to earrings. Hang on the rear view mirror to identify your car in a sea of similar-looking SUVs. Use as a napkin ring. Censor your Bad Words koozie when mixed company is around. Match with a friend then use as a reference point when exercising your constitutional right to free speech and freedom of assembly. The possibilities are endless!

rainbow hair scrunchieJazzed to engage with the scrunchie crowd? Order yours today via three different ways! One: under a specific koozie, select on the drop down list. Two: choose as a product category. Three: contact Jenny to have a special customized scrunchie made. It’s that easy! Concerned about summer fun and sun making your scrunchie crusty? Throw it in the washing machine! Just like the majority of Uncommon Cover koozies, these scrunchies are machine washable. Happening, versatile, and coordinated! Who’s got it together? You do! Now, the let world know without saying a word. Viva la scrunchie!

March is for Celebrating!

The month of March is the calendar home to both Texas Independence Day (March 2) and International Women’s Day (March 8). Small businesses are the epitome of independence, and women all over the world are working towards their own kind of inspiration. As Uncommon Covers is both a small business in Texas, and owned by a woman, we would like to celebrate March by highlighting some information close to Uncommon Covers!

Giant cup sleeve
Bigger is Better

Interesting statistics about Texas small businesses:

  • As of September 2019, Texas has 2.7 million small businesses, which employ 4.7 million people.
  • Out of $100 spent, typically $68 stays in the community of the small business. On the obverse, out of $100 spent at a non-small business, only $43 usually stays in the community.
  • California, Texas, and Florida are the states with most veteran-owned businesses.
  • Roughly 52% of small business owners donate to charity; 90% of those donations are to local causes.
  • If you are looking for ways to support small businesses beyond purchasing directly, consider these options:
            1. Visit markets and venues showcasing small businesses
            2. Talk about local companies with friends and family
            3. Partner with small businesses and community organizations
            4. Share small business content on social media
            5. Leave positive reviews of small businesses online

Facts about Women-run businesses:

  • Women own 4 out of every 10 businesses in the United States.
  • In 2017, women of color accounted for 71% of new female-owned business launches.
  • The amount of U.S. women-owned businesses increased between 1972 and 2018, from 402,000 to 12.3 million.
  • Between 2007 and 2018, businesses owned by women of color grew by 163%.
  • If global entrepreneurship participation was the same between women and men, the global GDP could potentially be boosted by $2.5 trillion to $5 trillion.

Uncommon Covers is proud to support the local community and other small businesses! Personal involvement near and dear includes the Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area. Consider using UC to celebrate the women in your life and the spirit of independence in Texas! And remember, it is almost river time!

River Hair Don't Care
River Hair Don’t Care