No matter who you are, exchanging gifts is fun to do. The Awesome Mitten has made it easy for you by highlighting gifts that we would love to receive ourselves. These are brainstormed, built, and sold in our beloved state: one such commodity is the awesome Green Glove Dryer!
Karen Smoots, a mother of two and a winter recreationalist, invented the Green Glove Dryer because, “It was a necessity!” When her kids came home from school or in from playing outside, hats and gloves were always sopping wet from snow, sweat, rain and slush. She would throw them in the dryer for a half hour, but even if they were warmed, drying the inside of those gloves and mittens was almost impossible. When they began to smell around January, she would throw them away, only to find bathing suits hanging in stores where gloves had been just weeks before. You all know the story!
She needed a solution with specific criteria: it needed to be eco-friendly, effective, inexpensive, and not taking up a lot of space would be a nice bonus. “A concept out of our garage” was the next step, and was the solution she had been hunting for the whole time. The Green Glove Dryer sets on a register in your home, or school, and uses the building’s warm air flow to thoroughly dry gloves, mittens, hats, boot socks, or even shoes. It’s not a fire hazard and by the time you wake up in the morning, your items have dried completely. “There’s nothing like putting warm, toasty gloves on your hands before going outside during a Michigan winter”, says Karen proudly of her product.
The dryer just hit the market just three weeks ago and retailers have already called for more! Otis Montessori Academy, a school in Portage (where Smoots resides) has already installed six to dry students gloves and hats between recesses. In Michigan, students are required to be outside twice a day for at least twenty minutes…and then proceed to stuff their wet clothes into lockers and backpacks. Even if you toss them in the laundry for twenty minutes when kids get home, that’s 100 minutes a week that you could save on your electric bill. It’s a solution for adults, too! Cashmere, leather and wool gloves and mittens would be ruined in the dryer, but they are safe with the Green Glove Dryer.
Aside from being designed in Michigan, it’s also manufactured and distributed here too, although the Green Glove Dryer love will soon sweep our midwest neighbors who experience similar winter struggles. The Smoots distribute the product to thirty-one retailers in the state and use the dryer daily in their own home. Check out their Facebook and Twitter for more information and updates on this gift idea!
Let’s Break it Down:
Who would want/use one?
Anyone who is outdoors in Michigan from November through May. This is a particularly awesome gift for parents with children who are outside multiple times per day!
Where can I get one?
$24.95, no matter where you buy it.