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Introducing Flag of the Month

18th Jun 2019
By sarah-jane grainger |
Flag of the month | Flags |

The 3 flagpoles outside Harrison Group Head Quarters have been given a new lease of life this week with some brand-new flags. This has given us some inspiration to introduce our new regular blog feature: Flag of the Month.

The Harrison Group logo is joined by our sister company Pollite’s logo as well as a guest flag which will change each month. This month in honour of Pride Month we are flying the Pride Rainbow flag. 

June's Flag of the Month

The rainbow flag has become a symbol for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) community.  

The original flag was created by Gilbert Baker in 1978 as a recognisable emblem of empowerment for the queer community. The original flag was gifted by Gilbert Baker to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and entered into their collection in 2015 (read more here).

It comprised of 8 coloured stripes; hot pink, red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, indigo and violet. After a short time, the design was altered, and 2 colours were removed. The hot pink was deemed too costly to reproduce and the turquoise and indigo stripes were dropped in favour of royal blue when organisers of San Francisco’s Gay Freedom Day Parade wanted to split the flag in half to fly across the street and wanted equal stripes on each side. You can find out more about the history of Pride and the Gay Freedom Parade here.

The current flag consists of 6 horizontal coloured stripes: 

  • Red for life 
  • Orange for healing 
  • Yellow for sunlight 
  • Green for nature 
  • Blue for harmony  
  • Purple for spirit 

We sell a wide range of Pride flags which are available to purchase here. Alternatively, our skilled studio team can produce almost any design, whether digitally printed or handsewn, so if you don’t see your preferred design, please contact us on 01325 355433 or sales@weareharrisosn.com.

Our Pride flag (along with the company logo flags) is printed and finished in our County Durham facilities on Harrison Eco™, our revolutionary material made from recycled plastic waste that would otherwise end up in landfill.  

Plastic items such as PET bottles and industrial polyester waste are melted down into chips, then spun into yarn that is knitted to form a material. Enviroflag has the same durability, strength and versatility of its knitted polyester equivalent but with a much lower environmental impact. We are the first UK supplier to offer an eco-friendly option rather than the standard polyester flags made from virgin plastic and our range of environmentally friendly products and services continues to grow.

We offer a range of flags (including several Pride flags) in our Harrison Eco™ material. Find out more here and purchase here.  

The Harrison Group and Pollite logo flags have added anti-fray to help them last longer. This special netting reduces the risk of fraying and damage to the flags. Anti-fray is available on all of our standard digitally printed and handsewn flags as well as on Harrison Eco™ Flag material 

June's Flag Hoister

Simon Lunt, our Commercial and Operations Director, had the honour of raising the new flags. Simon joined Harrisons 2 years ago and is now responsible for the Sales, Marketing and Operations functions. He basically makes sure we have a quality product that our customers know about! 

Simon is passionate about reducing our environmental impact and has been a driving force in bringing Harrison Eco™ Flag and our other environmentally products in the Harrison Eco™ range to the market.

Upcycling the old flags

Any old, worn flags can be upcycled as part of our Fabric Upcycling Scheme. They will be washed and turned into dog toys where possible that we donate to local dog rehoming charity FLOOF.  Alternatively you can purchase one for your pooch at the checkout!



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