Jack and Mary Designs. This is a great time to buy new mittens. I have discovered a new company that makes mittens from recycled sweaters. The company is called Jack and Mary Designs. Owner, Marilyn Robertson, a former interior designer, first started making accessories from recycled sweaters in 2004. But, when she started making mittens from left over sweater sleeves, the product just took off. Since 2009, Ms. Robertson has been making mittens, from recycled wool or cashmere sweaters. Obviously the mittens will be one of a kind. They are all hand made in Maine. At times, Jack and Mary Designs have offered scarfs, hats, headbands and finger-less mittens.
Jack and Mary Designs are sold online, but also can be found at over 75 retailers. I love the idea of making clothing out of recycled materials. It is the exact opposite of the hypervoluminous “Fast Fashion” or disposable wear, made in Asia, that continues to fill up our landfills. For a great article on “Fast Fashion” by Kristin Glenn, click on the link.