Everyone knows the New York City subways are a disgusting and germ filled place. They are overcrowded, the temperature is never right and there seems to always be a switch malfunction. But, no New Yorker could imagine their life without the ability to get to any part of the city at any given time, even if they have to grab the God forsaken metal pole.
The Huffington Post recently published an article about the MTA partnering with a company who is launching the MetroMitt. The MetroMitt is a disposable plastic bag any rider can use to hold onto the subway poles. It’s much like sticking your hand in a zip lock bag. Good luck keeping your hand in a bag that makes your hand sweaty and has minimal grip. Also, think about how much plastic everyone will be wasting since the bags are disposable.
The MetroMitt is supposed to protect subway riders from transferring germs, but the ground will be littered with little plastic bags—the subway trashcan are rarely used for trash you don’t get in the subway. If one of the bags ended up on the tracks, it could spur even more track fires.
It’s an interesting concept, but the MetroMitt falls short. It could, and probably will, produce more liter and plastic waste (because lets get serious, not everyone is good at recycling). But, there is something that does what the MetroMitt doesn’t—it’s called Pandle.
Instead of a sweat inducing plastic bag, the cool rubber of a Pandle will make your commute much more enjoyable. If you do have to hold onto the subway pole, your hand will never shift or side. You also don’t have to worry about your hand accidently touching the pole because the Pandle wraps all the way around it. Recyle the MetroMitt and grab a Pandle.