NPR has always been cool! Back by popular demand in a fresh new color, this 100% organic cotton tee is made in the United States and features NPR's original NPR logo with "circa 1971" on the front/center for a retro feel. Printed with eco-friendly water-based print technology, you feel only the fabric of the shirt.
This shirt is super soft and feels like an old favorite (minus the holes and stains!), but it’s made in the most advanced and environmentally friendly way we’ve ever come across. To start, these shirts are sewn within 100 miles of where they are printed---right here in the United States! The revolutionary printing process uses low-impact, water-based inks that won’t crack, peel, or wash out. The high-quality cotton is sewn with double needle stitching, making this shirt both sustainable and durable. So, whether you have shirts that were already classics in the 70’s or you were still in diapers then, this eco-friendly retro logo shirt is destined to be your favorite for many years to come!
Founded in 1977, TS Designs began as a small, manual screen printing operation. It only took a few years for the company to become fully automated, printing shirts for big brands like Nike, Tommy, Polo, GAP, etc. However, after the 1993 implementation of NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement), TS Designs watched as customer after customer transitioned accounts to Mexico in order to take advantage of lower costs.
Instead of calling it quits, like many of their colleagues in the manufacturing industry, CEO Tom Sineath (retired in 2015) and president Eric Henry turned to fellow business owner and longtime friend Sam Moore for a new direction. Sam introduced Tom and Eric to the triple-bottom-line business model focused on three equally important bottom lines: People, the Planet, and Profits
Armed with their new business model and a healthy amount of crazy, Tom and Eric sought to align themselves with, and cater to, a then-fringe group: The Green Movement. It was a period of steady progression, exciting new developments and lessons learned as the company leaders continually pushed the boundaries on what was possible in printing technology and what it meant to source from local supply chains.
Today, TS Designs still sells largely to local, environmentally and socially-conscious businesses and organizations that make up The Green Movement, but also prints for any organization looking for a locally-made, better quality product with a better environmental and social impact. Eric Henry, CEO and President, continues with a spirit of innovation as the company expands its line of in-house apparel brands.