Throwback Thursday

It’s Throwback Thursday, and we’re going back in time to green 3’s signature garment that holds our company’s values true. Our first short-sleeved, water-based ink shirt was “Peaceful.”

TBT: Our first shirt!

This was the first shirt made and sold from our company. The organic t-shirt utilizes water-based ink, a process that allows the ink to penetrate the fibers. Water-based inks are thinner and harder to control, which is why a lot of garments don’t have them. Typical screen printing uses petroleum-based ink, which gives shirts the rubbery feel. It’s also something you can feel on the shirt if you run your hand on it and sometimes when stretched, can crack or break off. With water-based ink, shirts are smooth, soft, breathable, and won’t crack, peel, or fade.

All of green 3’s shirts start in Minnesota and migrate back to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where the water-based inks are printed on. The original shirt is not on our shelves anymore, but there are plenty of other wonderful, water-based shirts to choose from.

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the story of a green 3 tee shirt…

Have you ever wondered where a green 3 tee shirt comes from?
How does it come to be a tee shirt?

It’s time for you to find out!

It all begins with an idea, sometimes that idea is just a sketch or description that is turned into a screen printable design by our in house artist, here in Oshkosh, WI

Then comes the production of a tee shirt – we start with 100% organic cotton that is grown in the USA or overseas. Yes, I said overseas, and here’s the scoop on that. The land in which organic crops grow cannot be treated with herbicides or synthetic chemicals for at least 3 years before it is eligible for organic certification. Once approved, the organic crops cannot be treated with fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides or any other synthetic chemicals. This being said the demand cannot be met in the USA alone and therefore crops are also grown overseas.

Once the cotton is harvested it is sent to a 100+ year old family owned knitting mill in Minnesota to be knit and rolled into 60+ yard rolls of cloth. From there the cloth is then sent to North Carolina to be dyed into a select variety of colors that we’ve chosen for the current season. Now, it’s time to get to the tee shirt manufacturing! Once the cloth has been dyed and re-rolled it is sent to Hurley, Wisconsin where the various pieces of a tee shirt are cut out and sewn. For a tee shirt there are five pieces and seven for our double-up tees. One more trip to Oshkosh, Wisconsin where the original design is screen printed on with water based inks. Once ink is dried and set the tees are then washed – they’re pre-shrunk for you – folded and bagged. The final voyage in production – to our warehouse, less than 5 miles away, stocked and ready to be shipped all around the U.S. and Canada!
BLOG Image - the story of a green 3 tee shirt 2015

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Spring Summer 2015 is here!

Even though it may be a winter wonderland here in Wisconsin we’re already thinking Spring & Summer!

The new line is here and full of great designs:

  • Spring: flowers, a bicycle, doily inspired animals adorn short sleeve and our double-up tees for those cool spring days
  • Americana: In addition to our infamous US Flag throw we’ve added 2 sweaters, a tee skirt, a scarf, handwarmers and brought back an old favorite (US Map Quilt Tee)
  • Celebrate: We’ve designed some wonderful tees and accessories for Valentine’s Day & St. Patrick’s Day
  • Banana & Bean: Introducing Banana the Cat & Bean the Dog! Making their début on organic cotton tees, recycled cotton handwarmers, kitchen towels and throw blankets!
  • Cat & Dog Lovers: We’ve made some more additions to this growing line – our customers are crazy about their pets! Four brand-new tee designs join our scarves and handwarmers.
  • Natural Cotton Throw Blankets: These are a couple of beauties! Available in 2 colors, natural or navy, – they will remind you of the high quality throws of the days gone by!

Spring Summer 2015

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Support Your Local Shelter Tees

Bella

Several years back in support of local farming and farmers markets, we launched the Support Your Local Farmer tee.  It has remained in our line since that time, and continues to be one of our best sellers.

Roughly one year ago we purchased our first dog, Bella.  Because of Sandy’s serious allergies, she was limited to just a few dogs that would work for her.  As we set out to find our dog, we began watching numerous shelter sites to see if we could find and rescue the exact dog we were looking for.  Unfortunately we never found that dog at a shelter, but in doing the search we learned about the amazing work that animal shelters do.

Sandy was inspired to find a way that we could support our local shelters, and try to help those animals in need, even if we weren’t able to rescue one ourselves.  With that inspiration, the “Support Your Local Shelter” tees were conceived.

Green 3 is donating 10% of the net proceeds from the sales of these items to the Humane Society in Oshkosh  as well as other local independent shelters in our community.  With six styles to choose from – three for women and three for men, our “Local Shelter” tees are perfect for animal lovers everywhere! The shirts are made from 100% organic cotton and environmentally friendly water based dyes and inks. And they are all knit, cut and sewn in the USA.

Men's Support Your Local Shelter Tees

Men’s Support Your Local Shelter Tees

Women's Support Your Local Shelter Tees

Women’s Support Your Local Shelter Tees

We are excited to say that the shirts have been resoundingly embraced by our specialty store customers, and have also been purchased by two national catalogs for their summer mailings.  As we get closer to Fall and the Holidays, we expect the sales on these items to climb.  All of which means we will be able to donate more as the year goes on.

Thank you for your support of Green 3, and of your local shelters!

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New Spring-Summer Arrivals

Earlier this week we highlighted some of our new spring-summer 2014 women’s apparel. Today we are excited to introduce additional new items from our spring-summer collection. They are all made in the U.S.A. and feature environmentally-responsible fibers, ink and dyes. You can also view all of our spring-summer items here.

Local Shelter Tee Collection

This collection includes six “Local Shelter” tees: three for women and three for men. We will donate 10% of all profits associated with these tees to local animal shelters in our community who bring aid and comfort to animals in need. The USA-made, organic cotton tees feature water based inks and dyes, and are perfect for animal lovers everywhere.

   

   

   

 

Men’s Organic Tees

Our unisex tees are made from 100% organic cotton and feature environmentally-friendly, water-based dyes and inks. They are pre-shrunk, machine washable and dryable, and of course made in the U.S.A.

   

   

 

Junior Throws and Onesies

Our “Safari” junior throws are made from the same recycled cotton fabric as our sweaters and handwarmers. These adorable throw blankets are 40 x 30 inches, machine washable, dryable, and very soft. We also have “Wild Thing” organic cotton baby onesies to match!

   

   

   

   

 
By popular demand we are also now offering four different styles of junior throws with the option of personalization. In the same 40 x 30 size and knit with the same recycled cotton fabric as our other Junior throws, these four designs allow you to personalize with the name of your choice. Each name will be knit directly into the blanket as shown in the images here. Optionally, you can also purchase these throws without personalization.

   

   

 

Heirloom Blankets and Throws

These heirloom quality blankets and pillows are made from reclaimed and excess materials. Each item is unique, sewn by hand and incredibly beautiful. They are part of our Aspiro program that provides job and life skill training for adults with cognitive disabilities. The Woven Blanket is 58” by 58” and features squares of incredible high end woven cloth with a soft jersey back. Both the Woven Blankets and the Woven Pillows come in Spring, Fall, and Random color combinations. The Tee Blanket features squares of super soft jersey material and measures 63” by 63”.

   

   

   

 

We hope you enjoy our new items! Tell us — which one is your favorite?

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