Movember Charity T-Shirt Ideas

Movember Charity T-Shirt Ideas:

You may have noticed that it’s fast approaching that time of the year when we need to add an additional 5 minutes onto our car journeys in the morning because we need to de-ice the car first. It’s also dark when we leave for work in the morning and it’s dark when we arrive home from work, and, for some reason, there’s an increase in the number of men walking around the streets sporting questionable moustaches.

In case you wasn’t sure why they’re doing this it’s because it’s almost officially MOVEMBER SEASON!

That’s right, November is the one time of the year where it’s socially acceptable for men to now only grow moustaches but also feel proud to have one – which is great for those of us who not only have the ability to grow a moustache but also for those of us who secretly like having a caterpillar growing just below our nose.

Don’t fit into either of these categories? Not a problem as you can still show you support for Movember by wearing an epic moustache-tic (see what I did there?) charity T-Shirt.

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Adobe Celebrates the world’s cheesiest stock photos by sticking them on T-Shirts

We’ve all seen something that’s so bad it’s brilliant. For example, stock photos. You know the ones I’m talking about – the kind that features carefully set-up situations showing things like “smiling woman using computer in office,” or “well-dressed man smiles at phone,” or, maybe “man smiles for no reason eating an apple.”

It’s fair to say that these photos are so corny that they make some of your dad’s jokes look like they were carefully curated by comedy geniuses, especially as some of the images have the ability to provoke grimaces of discomfort among creative people who are looking to use specific photos in their latest projects.

To celebrate the existence of these infamous snaps, and to promote their own brand spanking new stock service, Adobe has recently selected a few of its favourites and decided to print them on clothing and other apparel!

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Ted Baker Claims a Fashion First With Google Collaboration

Ted Baker, the British luxury fashion label, has unveiled their latest marketing campaign and it’s brilliant. Dubbed “Mission Impeccable”, the multi-channel campaign features a classy video, excellent social media marketing and a first for the fashion industry as they’ve teamed up with Google to create brilliant interactive windows at their stores.

The campaign was designed so that it’s primarily digital and it all centres around a brilliant spy theme with a three-minute movie that lists Guy Ritchie as the executive producer.

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7 Science-back reasons why beards are good for you.

As a man, there’s seldom choices that you have to make that are more grueling that the “should I, shouldn’t I” great beard debate. Whether you’re looking to grow a foot-long beard or if you’re after a face that’s as smooth as a babies backside – chances are if you are clean-shaven, you’ve debated growing a beard and vice-versa.

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In November, however, growing facial hair takes on a completely new meaning as men across the globe grow their facial hair in honor of Movember – a non-profit campaign which was set up to raise awareness of men’s cancers.

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Smart Clothes which text their owners asking to be worn?

  • A new technology could see people receiving text messages from their clothing
  • Neglected garments will tweet and text the owner ‘asking’ to be worn
  • Concept sees garments tagged using innovative contactless technology

I’m confident that I’m not the only person that has some items of clothing which I haven’t worn in forever sitting at the back of my wardrobe with no hope of being worn anytime soon. This could be anything from a T-Shirt I once liked, to an old football shirt. They’re literally just sat there, gathering dust and waiting for me to give them a new lease of life.

There is a new concept that’s currently being developed this which may put an end to clothes languishing in the darkness by giving the garments the power to give their owners a reminder that they exist and they’re still available for wearing.

Think you can just ignore the reminder? Think again! The clothing can also get in touch with a clothing charity and actually be asked to be recycled – and at this point, the charity can then send you all of the information you need about how to donate your old clothing. That’s not all either – the clothing can also be programmed to list itself on eBay!

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The reason for this is because of a recent study which highlighted that as a society we own four times as many clothes as we did 20 years ago, although we only wear roughly 20% of the clothing that we own regularly. This has led to academics from Birmingham City University to begin to develop the idea of a ‘connected wardrobe’ with the hope of encouraging more ethical clothing consumption.

The idea is that our clothing will be tagged using a brand new, washable technology – also known as radio-frequency identifications.

Mark Brill, a senior lecturer at Birmingham City University, said:

“Think of the surprise when an owner suddenly receives bids for items they didn’t know were in their wardrobe.

“The connected wardrobe is a practical, engaging concept to encourage more people to think about their clothing consumption. Ultimately, I hope it will encourage more ethical fashion consumption.”

He also went on to add:

“Perhaps we can even move away from the idea of ‘ownership’ of clothing, to simpy using them as long as we need them. When we’ve worn them enough, the items will pass themselves on to their next keeper to wear.”

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The idea of a ‘connected wardrobe’ gets its inspiration from the ever growing ‘Internet of Things’ – a concept whereby ordinary household objects are connected to the internet so they’re able to share information.

This can be from setting an alarm on your clock, to adjusting the temperature of your home before you arrive, to even setting your kettle to boil at the exact time that you get up in the morning – it’s obvious that the internet is continually changing the way that we live our lives.

Now, the ‘Internet of Clothes’ is designed to ensure that all neglected garments will tweet and even text their current owners (i.e you) ‘asking’ for you to wear them. This does depend on certain variables though such as the weather and the frequency of wear. Clothing will also be designed to keep track of other information such as who the previous owner was, who made the garment, and how much the worker was paid to create the garment.

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It’s been reported that in Britain, shoppers buy 2.15 million tonnes of clothing (including shoes) annually, yet we have an estimated £30 billion worth of clothing that is clogging up our wardrobes.

Another reason why we waste so much clothing could be the ever changing world of fashion. This means that what we consider to be fashionable today might be out of fashion tomorrow and this can lead to a change in our tastes and clothes going out of style and losing their appeal to you.

One obvious way to prevent this is to get custom printed Tshirts from specialist printing companies who are able to create fashionable, printed clothing that you design using your own ideas and artwork. This means that the Tshirts will always be personalised to you and therefore you’re more likely to wear them more often than a Tshirt that you regularly see other people wearing.

By doing this, you’re creating your own custom fashion label and with that, you’ve got your own brilliant personalised clothing that you are more likely to wear over and over again – safe in the knowledge that it won’t be going out of fashion any time soon.

Matt’s Mammoth Mountain Challenge

Matthew Riley was an incredibly popular and talented student who had a very bright future ahead of him. Tragically, Matthew was killed in a motorcycle crash while he was backpacking around Cambodia – a lifelong dream that he had.

Matthew, who was from Ketton, in Rutland, was only 23 years old and he had decided to spend four weeks of his summer break from Lincoln University, where he was studying psychology and Marketing, in Cambodia. Tragically, a few days before Matthew was due to fly home he was killed in a crash that happened in the early hours of September 13, 2015.

When describing her son and the accident, Mrs. Riley said:

“He has always been gifted and took French exams when he was 13. He did really well.

“The details of the accident are very sketchy. We will know what happened. We keep hearing things but we don’t know.

“He was very careful and wore a full-faced helmet. Matthew was staying at a nearby hostel where the crash happened. We spoke every day. He was due to do his last year at university and the university has been very good. They have invited us to his graduation in September so he will still graduate.”

As well as graduating this year, Matthew had also planned to take part in the Three Peaks Challenge which is a challenge where participants climb to the top of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden – the three highest peaks in Scotland, England, and Wales.

The intention behind taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge was to raise money to donate to Diabetes UK and Mind in the memory of his granddad Kevin Dowling, who had died eight years earlier, and his aunt Anne-Marie Dowling, who sadly passed away three years ago.

Tragically Matthew won’t get the chance to see all of his plans through but his family and friends have stepped up and decided to tackle the Three Peaks Challenge in Matthew’s honour – while also using the challenge to raise additional funds to donate to a Cambodian children’s charity called CamKids.

“Matthew had spent some of time in Cambodia helping to teach children to swim. That was very typical of him. He was a very sociable person and keen to help out where he could.

“The inequality in Cambodia is huge. There’s some very wealthy people driving around in nice cars and some extremely poor people, especially children living on the streets.”

In preparation for the event, Garment Printing were incredibly humbled to be asked to create the printed T-Shirts which will be worn by everyone who is taking part in the challenge. We’d also like to help them to raise the money that they need to support these 3 incredibly worthwhile causes.

If you’d like to find out more about Matthew, Matt’s Mammoth Mountain Challenge or if you’d like to donate money to help these incredibly worthwhile causes – you can visit the Matt’s Mammoth Mountain challenge GoFundMe page.

And please, help spread the word because together we can change lives for the better.mattsmammothmountainchallenge

Freshers: Expectation vs Reality

Now that the summer is here, it’s safe to say that Freshers week and the beginning of the term will be with us before we know it. This means that thousands of fresh-faced, wide-eyed, nervous 18-year-olds will be preparing for their first year and dreaming of what life will be like at a university.

However, the truth is that returning students will know that the pre-fresher dreams are a far cry from the reality of what you will experience during your years at University. So, to help all new freshers get started on their path to understanding the full goings on of University – I’ve decided to write this list of expectations vs reality so you get a real understanding of what to expect:

1. Your Student Loan:

Expectation:

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That moment when you receive your first student loan payment will leave you with a feeling of being rich. The next round of drinks are on you, your wardrobe will be updated with brand new clothes and you’ll have enough leftover change to live like royalty.

Reality:

poor

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. You’ll soon realise that your loan isn’t a lot of money at all. Once you’ve bought your food and your essentials you’ll be left counting your change trying to scrape together enough 5 and 10p’s to afford the cheapest larger on offer (even if you don’t like larger).

2. Your Student Halls:

Expectation:

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For the amount that you’ll pay on halls, it’s easy to expect to get a modern day sanctuary complete with a huge double bed, TV, plenty of natural lighting and enough storage space to hide away all of your belongings leaving you with plenty of room for activities and to get your head down and study.

Reality:

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Your room will be a box. After Freshers your box will be full of pizza boxes, dirty underwear and general rubbish scattered around everywhere (and even hiding under your bed). As your room won’t be much to look at to start with, you’ll somehow get used to the mess and won’t care if it remains like this until Christmas when you’re waiting for your parents to come and get you to take you home to your spotless bedroom where your washing will be done and food will all be prepared for you.

3. Campus Architecture:

Expectation:

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When you watch videos and see pictures of your university you’ll think you’re going to study in a castle. With huge stone buildings, mowed lawns, lakes, and bars dotted all around campus.

Reality:

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Unfortunately, the majority of universities aren’t like this and instead you’ll get modern buildings which aren’t very much to look at. There will be roads, the occasional hedge, and questionable looking buildings dotted around. Fortunately, this won’t be the case for many students so if you’re lucky you expectation could become a reality.

4. Your Deadlines:

Expectation:

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With the amount of money you’re spending on your course, you will plan to be super-organised, all work will be completed before the deadline and you’ll have plenty of time to meet with your tutors whenever you need. Of course, not everyone will be as organised as you, but this doesn’t bother you because you know that you won’t be distracted.

Reality:

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Despite your best efforts, you will be distracted, the majority of your coursework will be left until the last minute and energy drinks will become your new best friend. You’ll perfect the art of skim reading, typing at well over 100 words per minute and you’ll be able to work perfectly with next to no sleep and a drip supplying you with a constant source of caffeine.

5. The Opposite Sex:

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Expectation:

Now that you’re going to university you’ll start to think that everybody is going to be super attractive. Late nights studying, partying, and tonnes of alcohol won’t touch the stunning sex-gods of your university.

Reality:

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With pints of larger costing roughly £1.60, discounts on takeaways, and the lazy lifestyle of students, the average student will gain 1 stone within their first year at university – and that will also include you.

6. Your Lectures:

Expectation:

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You’re taking your dream course, you’re inspired every day by lecturers are basically a modern day Einstein. You’ve seen enough films with depict university life to be brilliant and amazing and every student there is constantly inspired every day to become the best person that they can be.

Reality:

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Lecturers will read off powerpoints which are available on the student portal. The majority of the time that you turn up, you’ll be sleep-deprived, hungover or possibly still drunk. You’ll struggle to get the motivation to survive through the lecture, nevermind becoming the best version of yourself.

7. Freshers Week:

Expectation:

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It’s amazing, you meet amazing people who become your best friends. You and your friends get freshers T-Shirts and you spend every amazing second of every amazing day together having the best time of your life.

Reality:

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You arrive home before 12:30am every day a drunk mess because you can’t handle the amount of drinking and shots that you have. You’ll have half eaten kebabs littering your room and your tongue will feel like a carpet. The chances of you remembering anything will be slim – let alone trying to remember the names of those you met on the night out.

8. How You Look:

Expectation:

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When you’re preparing for life at university, you’ll pack your favourite clothes because you’ll want to look your best at every single moment because, you know, you never know who you’ll meet on any given occasion.

Reality:

onesie

Your onesie will become your best friend. You’ll spend most of your time wearing it and it won’t be long before your onesie becomes an acceptable clothing option for when you’re leaving your flat.

9. Your Flatmates:

Expectation:

friends

The people that you are selected to live with (although it’s random) will become your best friends. After university, you’ll all live in the same apartment building and you’ll have a friendship that’ll last the rest of your life.

Reality:

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Your flatmates will be slobs, you’ll hate at least one of them and no one will bother to do the washing up or run the vacuum around. Your kitchen will look like a bombs hit it and someone will keep on stealing your milk from the fridge.

The truth is that you’ll have so many expectations going into university and you’ll be let down on the majority of them. Regardless, you’ll still have the time of your life and you will make lasting relationships with other students.