Uncommongoods were kind enough to let me choose two products to feature and review but first a little bit about the company. They say “At Uncommongoods, we believe that creativity and the expression of individuality represent two great human treasures.” I agree!
As they stock so much it’s easier to break it down into these categories: Presents for the female of the species, unique gifts to suit you and your loved ones and items celebrating anniversaries and your special dates.
Not only does this New York based brand offer beautifully crafted and unusual goods, it also has some sound ethics at it’s heart.
They feature the designers and artists of the products in their catalogue and on their website. They often feature handmade products, sourced from recycled or up cycled material (including their catalogues) and all products are made without harm to animals.
They donate $1 for each item sold to a selection of non-profit organisations, which you can choose from. These include: American Forests and Women for Women International.
They ensure they only use suppliers who treat their workers fairly and they give their own employe’s a decent living wage.
Chevron Sari Pillow
This goes with my couch throw, rather well doesn’t it! Hand made from recycled cotton sari’s this beautiful pillow features traditional Kantha stitching. This pillow normally retails at £35.91 (converted from $).
Beautiful vibrant patterns on the sari’s without clashing too much.
The pillow is well stuffed with polyfill making it supportive but also lovely and squishy.
The cushion cover is removable and can be washed easily.
I wish the back of the cushion also had the sari appliqué.
The tacking stitches were left in on some parts but were easily removable.
I’ve wanted one of these for a long time for when I get bored of the usual spike brackets and leather cuffs.
The story goes that in 1991 Graham Berg got a flat tire while biking to his recycling job and he realised why not do more with the bike parts. His first bike art appeared in galleries in Portland and Oregon and now he has a team of helpful artisans. How cool would a stack of four of these look? Retails at £7.18 (converted from $).
Rocker, punk, industrial or just quirky.
The clasp is secure but not a faff to fasten as it just folds over on it’s self, and is fairly easy to release, so no help required.
There aren’t any!