If you live in the part of the country that gets cold during the winter months, you know that you can never have enough warm outerwear — especially mittens and hats. Nothing dampens a fun frolic in the snow like soaking wet gloves. And, as the temperature gets colder, fashion becomes secondary to warmth. If it’s 10 below zero and the trendy jacket isn’t keeping the wind out, it is not going to be worn. Knowing that I live under these unbendable parameters during the wintry months, I was thrilled to discover a company that not only has warm mittens, but also warm, cute mittens. Up North Mittens is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where an average of 150 inches of snow falls annually, so this company knows how to make mittens that stand up to the cold. There is so much to like about this company. The mittens are all handmade. There are made from recycled sweaters and with recycled buttons, so by buying a pair of mittens you are keeping materials out of the waste stream. And, because they are made from recycled materials, no two are alike. Here are some examples of some of Up North’s adorable mittens: Up North Mittens retailers are located in Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Alaska. You can also order online at upnorthmittens.com.
Up North Mittens: Recycling Textiles and Creating Warmth
Recycled sweaters, repurposed buttons and other textile materials make up these handcrafted mittens made in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.