Social Responsibility: The Journey Continues

social responsibilityAs Green 3 enters its eighth year we not only continue to grow our business, but our vision and perspective continues to grow as well. When we launched Green 3 we focused on environmental responsibility, and for that reason our products featured organic and recycled fibers. At that same time we knew we wanted our products to be made in the USA. After 2009, that initiative was intensified as we began to better understand the economic responsibility of keeping and creating jobs here at home. In 2010 we met the fine folks at ASPIRO in Green Bay, WI. In less than thirty minutes of our first tour of the facility, we knew that not only was ASPIRO absolutely the proper partner from a business perspective, but that companies like ours had a responsibility to support this organization’s efforts. They opened our eyes to social responsibility, and from that point forward we began developing products that could benefit those less fortunate than ourselves.

Since that time ASPIRO has become our “go to” partner for any and all types of projects. We consciously develop products that suit their client’s needs, as well as challenge them with projects that any other manufacturer would think twice about. Not once have we been disappointed. We look forward to not only continuing our relationship with ASPIRO, but growing it.

This fall we introduced our Snowflake Tee. Each and every snowflake was hand cut by an ASPIRO artisan. New in our spring/summer collection is our “Love You” tee. This organic cotton tee is adorned with an appliquéd heart that is as unique as each individual you hold in your own heart. Every heart appliqué is cut by hand, is unique, and reflects the creativity of an artisan with a disability who is learning job and life skills at ASPIRO. The garments come with hangtags that feature the artisan’s image and signature (shown below), and a QR code that links you to a video about this amazing program. You can view that video here:

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ASPIRO ASPIRO

We have had many interesting stops along the way to this particular point, and we look forward to the journey ahead.

To learn about ASPIRO and their amazing mission, you can visit their website at www.aspiroinc.org.

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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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New Spring-Summer Women’s Apparel

Our new spring-summer 2014 arrivals are here! If you’re familiar with green 3, you most likely already know that our products feature organic and recycled fibers and environmentally-friendly, water-based inks and dyes. Our new spring-summer items continue to feature environmentally responsible apparel and accessories. Here are some of our new women’s apparel – perfect for spring and summer:

Women’s Long-Sleeve and Double-Up Tees

Our long-sleeve and double-up spring tees are made from 100% organic cotton and are knit, cut and sewn in the U.S.A. The fit is a form flattering women’s cut; they are incredibly comfortable and pre-shrunk. Our double-up tees give the appearance of the layered look in one easy shirt.

   

   

   

   

 

Women’s Short-Sleeve Tees

Our short-sleeve spring “Botanical” tees are also made in the U.S.A. from 100% organic cotton and environmentally friendly water-based dyes and ink. The tees have a form-flattering women’s cut and are pre-shrunk.

   

   

   

 

Women’s Spring Sweaters

Our spring sweaters are perfect for layering on cool spring days. The spring sweater collection features both our classic recycled cotton /acrylic fabric, as well as undyed, unbleached natural cotton.

   

   

 

Women’s Spring Skirts

Our new LOS (long over short) is long black tulle over a short cotton spandex jersey under skirt. The Gathered Skirt, made from repurposed fabric, features hand tucks and gathers to create this amazing look. Both skirts are machine washabe and dryable – and cut and sewn in the U.S.A.

   

 

Watch for another blog post later this week, introducing additional new items from our spring-summer collection. Or if you can’t wait – you can view all our spring-summer items here.

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