T-shirt Recycling with Cronick Valentine

We know we aren’t the only ones that still have those concert t-shirts from the 80s that we just can’t get rid of…it’s okay to admit it. They might be a little worn, but Scott Cronick, owner of Cronick Valentine in the East Village of NYC can still recycle them. How? He makes duvet covers and pillows so you can start sleeping with your favorite tee (if you haven’t already) and iPod cases and purses so you can show them off at your nightly hot spot. Cronick fuses the shirts to fabrics and other materials stiffened with felt to make it durable. At his Ninth Street location, you can either bring in your old tees or buy one that he’s recycled. The store also uses salvaged steel frames and packing peanuts as shelving and cardboard tubes to frame the artists work. So the next time you’re struggling with the thought of retiring that Van Halen tee – think again. ::Cronick Valentine [by KD]