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!
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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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