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Why it's time to ditch those disposable coffee cups.

Reusable Bamboo Fibre Coffee Cup

Reusable Bamboo Fibre Coffee Cup

Half a million disposable cups are thrown away everyday here in the UK. EVERY DAY. Out of those only  a measly 400 get recycled. Many people still believe that these type of cups are recyclable, but because of the plastic film coating on the inside they are difficult to process and so the majority end up in landfill (even if you put them in your cardboard recycling).

It's time to change.

Stop wasting cups and get yourself a reusable one. Even better is to get one made from eco friendly materials. This one is made from naturally sterile Bamboo fibre. Bamboo fibre utilises  a lower- energy, lower-CO2 emissions manufacturing process, and is also BPA and phthalate free and doesn’t contain petrochemical plastic. Bamboo is one of the most sustainable materials around due to the speed at which it grows.

The best thing though is that lots of coffee sellers are now giving you money off your hot drink if you take your own cup in. Pret (as just one example) will give you 50p off the price of your drink. That means you only have to use it 20 times and it's paid for itself!  You don't have to be a hippy to embrace those economic incentives. It's a no brainer. Let's face it, it's not difficult to carry a cup in your bag on the way to work now is it?

Pick up one of our new bamboo fibre cups here:

Why Did We Start a Sustainable Brand?

There's many reasons for starting a business. For some it's because they see a gap in a particular market, for others it's about being your own boss, for a good many it's probably money driven. For us, we started Origin68 because we love graphic t-shirts, and we decided that if we were going to start making our own, we would do it in a way that was as low impact as possible. It was pretty simple really. There's was no other mission outside of that. Do something you love, and at the same time do it in a responsible manner that isn't just another drain on the planet.

As students we would pride ourselves on wearing the coolest t-shirts we could find. Our friends (and a fair few random strangers) would often comment on our t-shirts, asking where we had got them from. We wouldn't just wear any old generic crap, it had to be something that told people how intelligent, funny, sensitive, quirky we were (or thought we were).  The greatest thing of all about t-shirts is the ability to make an instant statement. It's such a simple vehicle to carry your message to the world. We wore a lot of stuff by 2K Gingham who had designs from artists such as Vault49 and were buying loads of the early Threadless shirts.

But, after a few years of mining ebay for more cool shirts, we realised the well was beginning to run dry. We decided the next logical step would be to start making our own, and saying the things we really wanted to say. For years we had been making our own crappy t-shirts using hand cut stencils, with cheap acrylic paints, that we would painstakingly labour over. It was just a case of doing it better with the aim of getting a few others to buy them!

We've always been aware of the challenges we face as far as the future of the planet is concerned. We're not particularly aware of how and where this particular fire started to burn. It's probably from spending time with certain people along the way, and learning what's right and what isn't. I don't think we ever stop doing that, which is why when we decided to start a business, it was a complete no brainer that it would be as ethical/sustainable/low impact (whatever you want to call it) as possible. It still amazes us that with everything that goes on in the world people still start business with a complete disregard for people and the environment. We're not a couple of massive hippies on a crusade. We're just doing our bit. It really is that simple. We don't expect to solve the worlds problems. We're happy to try and create some cool stuff, inspire a few people,make a living, and do it all without adding to the destruction of the planet.

Sometimes it can feel like a bit of a struggle. By being sustainable it can be much harder to get new ideas and products off the ground, because you can't find the right supplier, or the quality just isn't there. It's so much easier to just get it done cheap and not think about where your products are coming from, but it just doesn't feel right for us.

We've been running Origin68 for the last 10 years, all the time whilst holding down day jobs. It's definitely a labour of love. There's no way we would be able to continue it if we didn't love it. It's not particularly glamorous folding shirt after shirt, especially when you come home from a grueling day at work when all you want to do is go home to bed. We mainly do it for the satisfaction of seeing someone out and about wearing one of our shirts. You wouldn't believe how amazing that feels to see a random stranger miles away from home wearing your design. That's what keeps us going. So don't be shy. If you're reading this and you have one of our shirt designs, then take a photo and send it to us. It makes our day!

Matt & Harry @Origin68


New nature t-shirt series designs

nature series t-shirts by Origin68

It's been a while since we released some new tees, so we've gone mad and released three at the same time! We were feeling pretty inspired by all things nature related, so we decided to put a little collection together using that as the theme. We've even roped in a few friends to design them.

First up in TREES by our longtime friend Tilman from Geometry Daily. In his classic style he's come up with some minimal tree designs. So simple, but so clever.

Second is PLANTS by Will Scobie. We have wanted to work with Will for a while now, and once we had decided on the nature theme we thought his iconic style would be perfect. We love these little abstract plant studies.

Last up is our own Origin68 MOUNTAINS design. A perfect little reminder of those lazy summer days wandering through the countryside.


Kids Human Being t-shirts & babygrows!

Human Being babygrowHuman Being babygrow

This won't surprise you! A lot of our friends have pestered us for a few years now about doing some of our most famous designs on child friendly apparel. And for a long while we said; "no chance, we're too cool for school". Now, for no apparent reason, we've changed our minds!

OK OK you're too wise for that. We just needed Origin68 to cloth our own babies! We thought that the Human Being range would be ideal for the job - after all babies are humans too!

We've got a range of sizes of Babygrows and we've also got some Human Being black Kids T-shirts. Perfect for your own mini Origin68 fans!

As with all Origin68 clothing, all three shirts are hand printed in the UK on a climate neutral 100% organic cotton t-shirt.


URU Design - Danish designed organic socks.

URU Design organic socks

Hot on the heels (pun intended) of our first batch of socks, we are extremely pleased to be able to introduce our favourite Danish sock producer, URU, into the Origin68 stable. Or should that be manger? Either way, URU have taken a slightly different approach to socks - they don't believe in the conformity of the pairs system. Embrace the anarchy of the solo sock!

Danish design is about creating aesthetic products based on Scandinavian values such as functionality, simplicity, minimalism. URU's ambition is to create Danish design combined with practical innovation and quality materials. Innovation means functional products that make life easier and more enjoyable. Our products provide tangible additional features such as more comfort, better functionality, daily ease of use or a combination. Quality is a matter of using the best possible environmental friendly and sustainable material with social responsibility.


Check them out for yourselves.