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Product Stories - Hemp Eyewear

As you know, we are always on the lookout for new brands creating innovative and suatainably made products. Hemp Eyewear is no different. They have designed and created the world's first sunglasses made from hemp. Hemp Eyewear was launched as a kickstarter crowdfunded project back in 2014, by product designer Sam Whitten. As part of his final year he came up with the idea of creating sunglasses from hemp fibre. Something which had never been done before.

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Hemp is stronger than cotton, more eco-friendly than plastic, completely sustainable and largely ignored. Hemp can grow in almost any climate and in unfavourable soil. Pesticides and isecticides which are normally used to grow other cops are not required. One of it's main advantages is that it can be grown and harvested within the space of a year making it super sutainable.

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Each pair of hemp sunglasses are unique. No two pairs are identical, as the plant forms different structures within the frame. Hemps are unisex and come in one size.

The sunglasses are coated in an eco-friendly resin which adds extra waterproofing and strengthening properties.  Complete with eco-friendly polarised lenses and a carry case also made from hemp.

Hand made in the UK by actual people with their hands!

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The sunglasses are available to buy in the shop. Each pair comes with it's own carry case also made from hemp.

Supermundane Collaboration

We've teamed up with Supermundane to bring you a minimalist monochrome shape party on a t-shirt. Not once, but twice!

Supermundane also known as Rob Lowe, is an artist, graphic designer, typographer, illustrator and writer with over 20 years experience in the creative industry. His signature mesmeric drawings have been published and exhibited worldwide.

He has been responsible for designing some of the most groundbreaking independent magazines of the last decade including the alternative children’s magazine Anorak and the award-winning food quarterly Fire & Knives.

His practice is defined by a distinctive use of linework and simplicity which can be seen through all his different disciplines from typeface design to his personal works.

We love both of these new designs so much, we just couldn't decide which we liked more. So we thought we'd just have both! Enjoy.

Supermundane I

Supermundane II

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Brand New Website

We've made some New Years resolutions - to release some awesome new stuff for you! We're starting with a brand new website and two new tees! We've been working covertly on this for a while now and we're really proud and excited to finally get to show it off. We've built it all ourselves, and just like everything we do at Origin68 it's a labour of love. Don't be shy. Let us know what you think. If we can improve things more we will try!

To celebrate we're giving you a 10% off discount code. Don't hang about though as it expires on midnight this Thursday (GMT). Use the code NEWSITE10 at the checkout.

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.


The With Love Project - Essentials Feature

Origin68 was recently featured on the With Love Project website where Matt shared his list of day to day essentials including our very own Human Being tshirt and Wonky Woolies hat collaboration.

With Love is a site dedicated to finding people who produce things with a passion and purpose. It is brought to you by Chris Roberts and Rob Evans and documents their search to find individuals who truly care about what they do and what they produce. Asking one single question along the way... "Why do you do what you do?” You can read the full article on their website We're also working together on producing a limited edition With Love tshirt design to be released in the new year.