This past weekend I came across an article about an impressive type of fashion. Eco-trash couture. These pieces are works of art, designed by Nancy Judd, an environmental educator and artist. Items that would normally end up in the trash are being collected and fashioned into unique apparel items. She even has work on display at the Smithsonian. Below are a few of my favorites from her collection online. What do you think of this type of fashion? To learn more visit, The Recylced Runway.
Our store was buzzing with business this past Saturday. In conjunction with the Carl Traeger Craft Sale we held our first fabric sale. In early 2012, we purchased fabric from a high-end women’s apparel company that had previously gone out of business (check out the full story here). We’ve been able to incorporate many of these fabrics into our spring and fall lines, but have also been left with many remnant roles that we hate to see go to waste.
It’s worth noting that along with the fabric we are selling zippers that we are unable to use as well. Zippers of almost every color are available for a mere $.50. If you stop in during normal business hours (Monday-Friday 10am-5pm) you can still purchase either of these items.
Recently, we partnered with the Oakwood Elementary School community on a Holiday sweater drive. Green 3 is purchasing all of the sweaters Oakwood collected, with 100% of the proceeds going directly back to the Oakwood PTO. As you most likely know, Green 3 will take those sweaters and turn them into scarves, hand warmers and even skirts. What you may not know is that Oakwood is the environmental education charter school in our city, making their school a perfect fit for this type of initiative.
After the sweater drive wraps up we are inviting the Oakwood families to our company store for a special event. We want to show them how are sweaters are made and what our company is about. We love our community and are always looking for ways to connect our mission with others. If you or someone you know would be interested in a similar event please contact Carla@green3apparel.com.
This weekend we decided to head to the UP on a little fall color tour. We arrived after dark and were excited to see some color the next day. We had plans to collect rocks along the shore of Lake Superior, hike trails that led to beautiful waterfalls and do all of it while encased in the stunning colors of autumn.
Unfortunately, we were a few weeks early to see any real autumn color. However, we did have an amazing day venturing through Ottawa National Forrest, picnicking on the lake shore, jumping rocks to cross little rivers and walking across a neat suspension bridge. Here are a few pictures from our “not so colorful” fall color tour:-)
This will probably be our last post with the word garden in it (for a while anyway) since the days and trees are starting to turn to autumn. So today I wanted to share one last garden inspired recipe with you all. Since I still have tomatoes ripening in my garden, I decided to whip up a quick side for our dinner the other night. I didn’t measure out a thing for this one but combined the following ingredients:
The Tuscan herb olive oil I picked up is from here. The blend of flavor is really nice and light, which makes it versatile for use in numerous meals. Even over a simple salad like this, it adds just the right amount of flavor. If you still have tomatoes in the garden I would consider giving this very simple recipe a shot. Enjoy!
I recently had the chance to sit down with Dani Stolley of Oshkosh and thought you’d like to hear about her amazing project. This passionate and energetic woman is leading the charge for a self-sustainable community garden and her vision is quickly becoming a reality.
One point one six acres, of un-used land, is set to get a makeover that has the potential to, as the mission states, ”raise awareness and educate citizens about the numerous benefits of local food and food production by growing and teaching others how to grow, delicious, nutritious, and sustainable fish, food, flowers, jobs, and hope”. Along with a degree in Environmental Studies, Dani has been trained by Will Allen of Growing Power and is dutifully prepared for the task at hand.
The first hoop house, which is similar to a green house, is set to be constructed this month. Remember the soda bottle greenhouse you made in 7th grade science class? Well, that’s exactly what this first hoop house will contain, except on a much, much larger scale. Dani is hopeful that produce will be ready for the winter farmers market and in about 9 months they will even have market size fish. Each drum inside the hoop house will contain a three-tiered self sustainable system made up of water, fish, gravel, soil, and plants.
“It’s going to take a lot of people. It’s a 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, kind of project” says Dani and she adds that ”everyone in this town can get involved in one way or another, even it it’s just to buy the produce, that’s great. I think this is really going to revitalize alot of neighborhoods and communities”. One thing is for sure, once this project gets off the ground the possibilities are endless. It is going to take the whole community to make it happen and so far the Oshkosh community is embracing it with open arms.
If you are interested in getting involved or if you want to learn more about the project check out the Growing Oshkosh Facebook page here.
We are grateful for people’s interest in our company and wanted to provide a few answers to our most frequently asked questions.
Why was green 3 started?
Sandy Martin is the founder and president of green 3. Sandy grew up in the rural Midwest, dreaming of brighter lights and bigger cities. After graduating from high school, Sandy left small town life behind and began an education and career that would take her to Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Her expertise in product development was eclipsed only by her love of family. Still shy of the age of 40, and at the height of her corporate career, Sandy decided to “retire” and dedicate herself to being the best mom she could be. In between soccer games, parent-teacher conferences, and volunteer work, Sandy kept one eye on the ever-changing feminine apparel marketplace. Personally frustrated by designers who lacked imagination, retailers who didn’t understand fit, and manufacturers who valued a nickel more than the environment and communities they operated in, Sandy decided to re-enter the game with a women’s company of her own in 2006.
What is the Oshkosh B’ Gosh connection?
Sandy’s husband, Jim Martin, worked for Oshkosh B’ Gosh for many years as EVP of Design, Merchandising and Product Development. When B’Gosh was sold in 2005 there were many displaced employees looking for new employment. Jim joined his wife at green 3 and together they were able to hire many former Oshkosh B’gosh employees, several of whom Jim knew personally. They are fortunate to have their business in an area that is rich in talent and people familiar with the industry.
How many green 3 employees were former Oshkosh B’gosh employees?
8 in art, technical design, sewing and distribution.
What is organic cotton?
In the simplest of terms, organic cotton means that the crop is raised without the use of pesticides or harmful chemicals.
What is recycled cotton?
There are really two categories of recycled cotton; there is post-consumer and pre-consumer. What we use at green 3 is pre-consumer recycled cotton. The difference between the two, is that post-consumer means it’s something that an individual actually owned, got rid of, and then the item was turned into something else. Pre-consumer, which is what we use here, is actually waste and scrap that comes from factories that are making other apparel items or furniture upholstery. The excess fabric is cut off and the scraps would normally be thrown away. Instead, we come in and take those scraps and actually use it to create new yarn. That yarn is what we use to knit our recycled cotton items.
What are water based inks?
We use water-based inks, as opposed to traditional plastisol screen printing – plastisol is the rubbery underlay that you find in most conventional screen print applications. Plastisol is a petroleum-based product. Everything that we use is a water-based product. The advantages, beyond the environmental benefits, are that the hand is incredibly soft, completely breathable, the screen print will not crack or peel, and can’t fade.
What does re-engineered mean?
The re-engineered product category is exactly what it sounds like; it’s taking items that are currently one thing and turning them into something else. In the green 3 re-engineered items, we’re using reclaimed items, cutting them up into various shapes, and then re-sewing them into brand new and different items. Many of these items do come from thrift stores but we thoroughly wash all items before transforming them into new product.
How do I request a wholesale catalog?
There is a short approval process to receive our wholesale catalog and you can start that process here.
What trade shows do you attend?
We travel to trade shows in the spring and fall each year and that generally includes the following locations; Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas and New York.
When did your company store open?
Our company store opened in August of 2011 when we moved our facility to a larger building. We had a layout that provided extra space for a storefront and we obviously had the inventory to fill it. This is our only store location.
Have a question? Email us at email@example.com
Today we are sharing a video of Jim Martin explaining our use of recycled cotton. We use this type of cotton in our knit line and wanted to give you an idea of what that exactly means. Our knit items have a wonderful and luxurious feel to them and our large throws are perfect for those brisk fall nights that are right around the corner. We hope you enjoy the video!
One component of our company is built upon the mission to create clothing items that are produced in a way that does the least amount of damage possible to the environment. Many of you probably have heard the term organic cotton and maybe even the term water-based inks but you might not know exactly what those terms mean. Today we’re sharing a video that speaks to the definition of both of those terms and why using these methods are an important way to protect our environment.
July 4th was once again a fun day of celebration across the country and frankly I’m exhausted from all of that celebrating. But for whatever reason when the bbq’s and fireworks are over I always feel as if summer is slipping away at an even faster rate. So today I want to share a few things that will help to keep my summer memories fresh. Does the 4th mark the downward turn of summer for you? What are some of your favorite summer images? How do you hold on to such a quick season?