the story of a green 3 scarf*…

Last week we talked about our tee shirts – what about one of our scarves?

This process also starts with an idea or inspiration – but the design work is a little more time consuming. Our artist works with individual pixels when designing our knit goods: 1 pixel = 1 stitch. Once the design is created, colors must be chosen from a selection of recycled cotton yarns. The design is then sent from our office, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to an 80+ year old family owned knitting company in New York.

The knitter receives the yarn from a supplier in Georgia that specializes in manufacturing recycled cotton yarns. Once the design has been knit, it must be washed (pre-shrunk) and then it moves on to be cut and sewn. After the product is finished, it’s boxed up and shipped to our warehouse in Oshkosh, Wisconsin – ready to ship all over the U.S. and Canada!

*This process is the same for all of our knit goods: handwarmers, hats, mittens, sweaters and throws. All of these products are made with 75% pre-consumer recycled cotton and 25% acrylic.

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In case you missed last week’s post – the story of a green 3 tee shirt… click here!

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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!
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green 3 & Disney

You may have noticed some green 3 products in Epcot in Florida as we recently partnered with Disney. You will find some American & Canadian themed merchandise made by green 3 (sweaters, scarves and handwarmers).  These knit goods are made with 75% pre-consumer recycled cotton and 25% acrylic, designed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and knit in Binghamton, New York, by a family run business. Made in the USA!

Disney has a growing commitment to merchandise American made products. Although not all their manufacturing is done in the USA, they are committed to safe and respectful workplaces. Disney has even made a public list of all the facilities that manufacture Disney-branded products. They want to help spread the word about improving working conditions all over the world.

At green 3 we are very honored to be working with Disney and spreading the word about our environmentally friendly and made in the USA products!

Check out a couple images from Epcot!
Disney green 3 epcot 2014

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Photo Shoot & Development

Here at green 3 we are wrapping up our development phase and just waiting on a couple last minute samples – then the fun begins!

This week we started our photo shoot (see preview photos below) for Fall/Holiday! This is an exciting time for us as our artist, Alex, begins to design our new catalog filled with new products! We still have some holiday shots to take in a couple weeks and we’ll be all set to begin proofing followed by printing. Did you know our catalog is printed using soy-based inks on recycled paper?

Once that is done we start getting ready for our trade shows – this year we will take part in Wild Birds Unlimited, Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishing Market, NY NOW & Wisconsin Holiday Market in Kohler Wisconsin (list subject to change).

In between all these trade shows we will move on to spring development and the cycle begins again!

Here are some fun fall accessory images from our photo shoot – which is your favorite?

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Every Garment Tells a Story: Uncommon Goods & Aspiro

If you’ve been following our company over the years, you may have heard us mention a company called Aspiro.  Located in Green Bay, WI (Go Pack Go =) Aspiro provides job and life skill training for individuals with cognitive disabilities.  We have worked with Aspiro on many projects in the past to help assist us with a variety of needs.  However, this newest adventure feels especially good.

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The project begins with a t-shirt and a seemingly simple snowflake appliqué, but if you take a closer look you will see that just like in nature this snowflake is incredibly unique.  Each and every snowflake is hand cut by an Aspiro artisan.

Aspiro Hangtag_Cindy

Aspiro Hangtag_Lori

Each one of these artisans are spotlighted on the tag found on the garment. This unique project is in partnership with, green 3, Aspiro and a “little company” known as Uncommon Goods!   Shirts will be available at Uncommon Goods in October.

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