3 Reasons Why You Should Buy American Made Clothing

For 10 years now green 3 has been in business.  During those 10 years, we have made our products exclusively in the USA.  Additionally, we make every effort to use suppliers who are local and in our community.  We often are asked “why”?  In all honesty, we do it because we believe that it’s important, and that it’s the right thing to do.  Here are three stories that illustrate the point.

FAMILY

All our sweater knit goods, whether scarves, hand warmers, ponchos, throw blankets, etc, are made in a fourth-generation knitter in upstate New York.  The company is run by the founder’s son, and working in the business are this man’s son, daughter, and grandson.  Other family members are involved as well from time to time.  Employees have been there 30 and 40 years, and take incredible pride in what they do.  Why when most sweater makers of this era closed their doors and chose not to compete with low priced Asian competitors, did this family chose to soldier on?  Simple, love of family, love of hard work, pride in what they do, pride in the community they live, and the desire to continue to provide a livelihood that is by no means extravagant, but is simple and comfortable.  Recently we sat and shared frozen pizzas and lite beers with the son in law and grandson that work in the business.  The passion with which they spoke about their products, their machinery, how they must constantly innovate and salvage to keep their machines running, and how they continue to evolve their business model to compete, was awe inspiring.  As the evening concluded, we thanked each other for genuine partnership.  We laughed about the challenges that face both our companies.  And we shook hands knowing that what we are doing is much more than just about selling goods that keep people warm.

Independence

Some years back we saw a news story about a local organization that was providing scarves for the inauguration.  We contacted the company to see if there was a mutual opportunity to partner.  This company’s primary business is to provide job and life skill training for cognitively disabled adults.  Their “clients” have disabilities that range from minor to severe, yet programs are developed to provide training and the opportunity to earn a livable wage for all levels.  My ignorance about workers with disabilities made me think that the production might be of inferior quality, or involve a timeline much slower than we needed.  After touring the facility and meeting many of the clients and seeing their work, I was overcome with emotion.  I met a highly skilled workforce that loved what they did, and took incredible pride in their work.  The workers were joyful and proud, and their smiles were infectious.  Beyond all of this, or maybe because of this, they provided services that were not only competitive but in some cases, superior to other traditional avenues.  After our partnership began and then grew, we had the opportunity to meet some of the client’s families.  At this point the real reason why programs and partnerships like this are important became crystal clear.  These families told us about how their “children” had found purpose, happiness, and independence through programs like ours.  On the surface were they making skirts and scarves for us?  Yes, but the real importance is far greater than that.

Community

Our t-shirts are cut and sewn in a small northern town in Wisconsin.  We joke that it’s not the end of the earth, but you can see it from there.  The man that runs the facility has been there for many years.  He located his business there and watched it grow to national recognition.  He employed hundreds of workers in a town of 1500.  And then his competitors began to move off shore.  Price pressure mounted, and the business began to shrink.  He could have followed suit and stopped production and sourced goods off shore, but he chose not to.  His loyalty to his team and his community probably exceeded rational thought, but he refused to give in.  Did the business shrink, yes?  Did it go away, not a chance?  His small and dedicated team work in a modest facility with a giant American flag on one wall.  On occasion, he brings chocolates for his “girls” to thank them for their efforts.  He works incredible hours, and rarely utters the words “it can’t be done”.  The building he used at companies peak stands vacant just across town, but he looks forward to the day when growth will allow to move back in and hire more workers from a community where unemployment is close to 30%.  We look forward to helping him realize that vision.

This holiday season when you are buying gifts for the ones you love, if possible choose to buy made in the USA.  Your choice will benefit real family businesses close to home.  It will provide independence and a source of pride for our neighbors with special needs.  And it will benefit communities big and small that make up the framework of our great nation

 

 

 

 

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Spring 2016 Preview

If you’ve been following us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, you’ve probably seen some of our new Spring 2016 clothing! However, if you haven’t been on social media, don’t fret! Every collection we release includes four big ideas, which is what we’re showcasing to you today. Check it out!

Big Idea 1: Blooms & Butterflies

Big Idea 1 | Green 3

Big Idea 1 | Green 3

Our first big idea is Blooms & Butterflies! This idea was inspired by warmer climates and summer while still showing our love for nature. The outfit above features our beautiful model in our Butterfly Tee, Hankerchief Skirt and our String Panel Scarf that she’s wearing as a wrap. Our tee is made from 100% organic cotton that has a super soft and relaxed fit that you can wear around the office or around the house. The Hankerchief skirt is made from reclaimed woven fabrics and flows to show off your free spirit. Our String Panel Scarf is made from reclaimed jersey t-shirt materials and makes a great scarf or wrap.

Big Idea 2: Americana

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Big Idea 2 | green 3

2016 is a voting year, so we took that as inspiration when we created our Big Idea 2: Americana. Every season, we feature an Americana collection that includes our 75% pre-consumer recycled cotton knits. This year, we added on our Vote Tee, made from 100% organic cotton, pictured above. Pair the tee with our Americana Letterman Sweater and Flag Handwarmers, and you’ll be set for the day. We pride ourselves on our garments not only telling a story, but also being made in the USA.

Big Idea 3: Hugs & Kisses

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Big Idea 3 | green 3

Big Idea 3 was inspired by how our products are giftable at any time of the year and our love for holidays. Our wonderful model above is pictured wearing our new XO Double Up Tee with our Basic Black Jersey Skirt. It’s the perfect outfit not only for Valentine’s Day and the month of February, but to show off your loving and sweet personality.

Big Idea 4: JR Throws

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Big Idea 4 | green 3

Nothing can compare to curling up on the couch with your kiddos after a long day. Add on to that special moment everyday with our Big Idea 4: Junior Throws! Big Idea 4 was inspired by the idea that blankets make the best gifts at any time of the year. Each blanket is made large enough for your little one (30″x40″), is made to be washed and dried in machines, and is made from 75% pre-consumer recycled cotton, which makes it extremely soft and warm! Pictured above is our new Stacked Dogs Jr. Throw in Grey/Brown.

Shop online with us and check out more of our new Spring 2016 garments! Remember, every garment has a story and we can’t wait to share more with you.

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Green 3’s Crazy Markdowns!

Green 3 is welcoming 2016 with some pretty crazy markdowns that you definitely don’t want to miss out on. We’ve got our Fall favorites just waiting to be cleared out for our Spring 2016 line. Check out some of the products you can get today at up to 75% off!

Fall Foliage 2 Tee- $29.99 (Originally: $45)

Fall Foliage 2 Tee | green 3

Fall Foliage 2 Tee | green 3

Rock our Fall Foliage 2 Tee, a double-up that keeps you warm during the late months of winter and early months of spring. It’s perfect to wear year-round, especially if you’re all about nature. It’s made from 100% organic cotton in the USA, and is available now in Medium, Large, XL and 2XL. Shop now!

Polar Plaid Bum Wrap in Blue- $29.99 (Originally: $42)

Polar Plaid Bum Wrap | green 3

Polar Plaid Bum Wrap | green 3

We released the Polar Plaid Bum Wrap this holiday season and we hate to see it go! It’s the perfect accessory to add onto a pair of leggings, especially when it’s freezing outside. The polar fleece is made right here in the USA using an eco-friendly printing process. Pair with some boots and a poncho and you’re ready to hit the town, or curl up beside the fireplace. Available now in Small, Medium, Large and XL. Shop now!

Pumpkin Bat Tee- $19.99 (Originally: $45)

Pumpkin Bat Double Up Tee | green 3

Pumpkin Bat Double Up Tee | green 3

Can’t get enough of Halloween? Neither can we! Our Pumpkin Bat Double-Up Tee can be the perfect addition to your wardrobe if you’re all about October 31st. Not to mention the price just can’t be beat! It’s made from 100% organic cotton in the USA, and is available now in Medium and XL. Shop now!

Dog Sweaters- $9.99 (Originally: $42)

Handprint Dog Sweater & Paw Print Scarf | green 3

Handprint Dog Sweater & Paw Print Scarf | green 3

Looking for the perfect accessory for your fur baby? Look no further. We’ve got our dog sweaters for just $10 and two styles to choose from! We’ve got our Hand Print Dog Sweater and our Houndstooth Dog Sweater- both with matching human scarves for just $10 also (click here for our Paw Print Scarf). Our Hand Print Dog Sweater is available now in Small, Medium, Large and XL; our Houndstooth Dog Sweater is available now in Medium, Large and XL. Shop now!

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Valentine’s Day

It’s one month away from February 14th, so you know what that means- Valentine’s Day! As you look around you in stores or on TV, everything is about Valentine’s Day. Get prepped for your V-Day wardrobe with Green 3’s assortment of goodies that will make you fall in love all over again.

1. XO Double Up Tee

XO Double Up Tee | green 3

XO Double Up Tee | green 3

Our XO Double Up Tee is our newest addition to the Green 3 tee line! It’s made from 100% organic cotton in the USA, and has a form-flattering fit that will keep you wearing it past V-Day. Shop here!

2. Faceted Heart Tee

Faceted Heart Double Up Tee | green 3

Faceted Heart Double Up Tee | green 3

Our Faceted Heart Tee will surely get you in the mood for the day of love! The double-up tee features a black tee with red sleeves, and a hand-drawn graphic. This tee is also made from 100% organic cotton right here in the USA. Shop now to get yours!

3. Floral Heart Tee

Floral Heart Double Up Tee | green 3

Floral Heart Double Up Tee | green 3

For a mix between a heart and a rose, get our Floral Heart Tee. This double-up features a red tee with white sleeves. The heart graphic in the center has rose petals- the perfect addition to your Spring wardrobe. Shop here!

4. All My Heart Scarf

All My Heart Scarf | green 3

All My Heart Scarf | green 3

It may be February, but in Wisconsin, you still need a scarf! Whether you wear our All My Heart Scarf for warmth or as an accessory, it’s filled with hearts that will brighten any room on Valentine’s Day. It’s made from 75% pre-consumer recycled cotton in the USA. Shop now to get yours!

5. All My Heart Handwarmers

All My Heart | Green 3

All My Heart | Green 3

Add our All My Heart Handwarmers with the All My Heart Scarf, and be surrounded by love all day! Our handwarmers are also made from 75% pre-consumer recycled cotton in the USA. Shop here!

6. XO Handwarmers

XO | Green 3

XO | Green 3

Are you more of the hugs and kisses type? Our XO Handwarmers capture that essence perfectly. These handwarmers are made from 75% pre-consumer recycled cotton in the USA, and are the perfect accessory for warmth or style. Shop here to get your pair!

7. I Do Handwarmers

I Do | Green 3

I Do | Green 3

Will you say “I Do”? We will- to these I Do Handwarmers! Featuring two little words that show off the power of love, our handwarmers are the perfect accessory for you. They’re made from 75% pre-consumer recycled cotton in the USA. Shop now!

8. Love U Handwarmers

Love U | Green 3

Love U | Green 3

Last but not least, our Love U Handwarmers make the perfect Valentine’s Day accessory or gift. The grey and white stripes make these unique, while Love U is on each hand. Keep your hand, and your significant other’s hand, warm this Valentine’s Day. Get your pair right here!

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Day Eight: For Those Who Love Texting!

Are you addicted to texting? Do you hear a friend’s fingers tapping their screen constantly? Green 3’s handwarmers are the best accessory for someone who loves to use their phones, especially during the winter. It’s too hard to constantly pull off gloves. With our handwarmers, your fingers are free, but can be tucked in when they get cold. They’re also made from 75% pre-consumer recycled cotton in the USA, so it’s a stretchy size that fits most, and is extremely soft and warm. Every garment has a story at Green 3, even handwarmers. Check out this list of gift ideas for someone who loves to be on their phone!

1. All My Heart Handwarmer

All My Heart | Green 3

All My Heart | Green 3

This handwarmer is perfect for someone who is a love bird. Get it now!

2. Big Eyes Handwarmer

Big Eyes | Green 3

Big Eyes | Green 3

This handwarmer is perfect for someone who is quirky. Get it now!

3. Call Me Handwarmer

Call Me (Charcoal) | Green 3

Call Me (Charcoal) | Green 3

This handwarmer is perfect for someone who loves chatting. Get it now in two different colors!

4. Hi 5 Handwarmer

Hi 5 | Green 3

Hi 5 | Green 3

This handwarmer is perfect for someone who is sporty. Get it now!

5. Hi Bye Handwarmer

Hi Bye | Green 3

Hi Bye | Green 3

This handwarmer is perfect for someone who is silly. Get it now!

6. I Do Handwarmer

I Do | Green 3

I Do | Green 3

This handwarmer is perfect for that bride-to-be. Get it now!

7. Love U Handwarmer

Love U | Green 3

Love U | Green 3

This handwarmer is perfect for someone who is lovable. Get it now!

8. LR Handwarmer

LR | Green 3

LR | Green 3

This handwarmer is perfect for someone who is whimsical. Get it now!

9. Miss You Handwarmer

Miss You | Green 3

Miss You | Green 3

This handwarmer is perfect for someone who is quiet. Get it now!

10. On Off Handwarmer

On Off | Green 3

On Off | Green 3

This handwarmer is perfect for someone who is indifferent. Get it now!

11. Screw U Handwarmer

Screw U | Green 3

Screw U | Green 3

This handwarmer is perfect for someone who is outspoken. Get it now!

12. Text Me Handwarmer

Text Me | Green 3

Text Me | Green 3

This handwarmer is perfect for someone who loves all things technology. Get it now!

13. XO Handwarmer

XO | Green 3

XO | Green 3

This handwarmer is perfect for someone who is a romantic. Get it now!

14. Yes/No Handwarmer

Yes/No | Green 3

Yes/No | Green 3

This handwarmer is perfect for someone who is direct. Get it now!

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