I have just thrown out four pairs of gardening gloves – every one with a hole in the right index finger. It doesn’t seem to matter what they’re made of (see Exhibits A to D), they all wear through first in the same place.
The more closely fitting ones also wear through in the right middle finger. In every case, the left glove is intact and perfectly serviceable. What a waste!
It started me thinking: surely this is a retail opportunity for a gardening glove manufacturer? Gloves for right-handed gardeners could be specially reinforced in the right forefinger and middle finger. For the left-handed, the corresponding fingers on the left hand would have the extra strengthening.
But maybe I’m missing something. Perhaps the whole gardening glove industry depends on the fact that we all have to throw out our gloves when one finger has worn through. (They say the mustard manufacturers stay in business because of the bit you can’t get out of the bottom of the jar.)
Maybe there is an eco-warrior solution instead. A right-handed gardener buddies up with a left-handed friend. They each buy a pair of the same sort of gloves. (They have to take the same size of glove of course!) Then, when the inevitable happens, they draw lots to decide who’s going to inherit the remaining undamaged glove from their partner.
Am I on to something here?!