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New Seeded Hang Tags

Here at Origin68 we like to make our stationery that little bit more special. As you know, we work hard to produce everything as sustainably as we possibly can, including the packaging that your shirts arrive in. We have always printed on recycled papers, and use biodegradable mail bags to ship our orders in. We also pride ourselves on not filling your packages full of things that more often than not go straight in the bin (postcards, flyers etc). We believe that if these things (which people readily discard) are going to end up in landfill, then they should at the very least be made from materials that will degrade over time.

That's why we're please to have found these new seeded paper hang tags. The paper these are printed on are loaded with seeds, which, when discarded (or planted carefully by you) will turn into beautiful flowers. What could be better than that?! We hope you like them. If you get one in the post and decide to grow yours, then please send us a photo! We would love to see the results. We might even offer a prize to the best grower.

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Northern Quarter Market, Manchester (Part II)

Yesterday (being Sunday 15th March) was the very first Northern Quarter Market in Manchester City Centre. We've been in and around the Northern quarter for the best part of ten years so it was great to be selected for this. The Northern Quarter is often referred to as the creative hub of Manchester and the area has been crying out for something like this for a long time. The organisers of the successful Levenshulme Market have stepped up to the plate. The whole day had a great buzz to it, almost like a street party. There were  loads of people about, lots of cool independent sellers, great food, and  live music. What more do you need for a Sunday afternoon? Hopefully this is just the start and the market will go from strength to strength. We didn't manage to get round to see all the other traders but we're back next month so will post some better photos then. Thanks to everyone who came down to look/chat/buy. We couldn't do it without you.

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New Product - Woodbuds Wooden Earphones

Our second new addition to the shop is Woodbud wooden noise cancelling earphones. These little beauties are small, simple, sustainable hardwood, noise isolating in-ear headphones. Distinctive design combines superior sound quality, premium comfort, with a small carbon footprint. Woodbuds are lightweight, made using natural walnut, crafted the right way – designed to make a difference. We have these available in black and white, to suit all your monochromatic needs! We absolutely love these.

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New pelican t-shirt design

We've just released a brand new tshirt design. Hand drawn by our very own design team. By using the marbling patterns we used to make as children, we set about creating a shirt that would bring together the pelican and oil that affects the ecosystem so horribly. Inspired by several oil spills across the summer of 2014 and the scars of previous vast spills, like the Gulf of Mexico, we wanted to create a tribute to the ecosystems affected. The pelican is a favourite and noble beast, befitting as the centrepiece of the design. Pelicans and oil shouldn't mix. But we feel that when brought together as a hand drawn illustration, the results are poignant and beautiful. Hand printed in the UK on a LIGHT GREY climate neutral 100% organic cotton t-shirt. Available in the shop: http://www.origin68.com/product/pelican

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