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Turning old woollen jumpers into new yarn

In late 2019, Seljak Brand’s co-founder Sammy visited one of the textiles recycling hot-spots in the world. A small town in Italy is host to some of Europe’s most established textiles recycling facilities, many of which are almost a century old.  The region works as a network. Over 3000 companies have their own specialty and rely upon one another to provide the global fashion industry with recycled raw material, recycled yarn and recycled fabric among other textiles services.  Naturally, we were stoked when we came across this resourceful epicentre and booked a trip. One of the incredibly inspiring businesses we visited was a vertically integrated recycled textiles mill – a fourth generation family business – now managed by a brother and sister. This...

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Sam & Karina Seljak Seljak Brand is part of the shift towards a more circular economy. Underpinning all of our work is the idea that designing regenerative systems can help contribute to a just and healthy world for all. Every year we report on how we’re contributing to the community and the environment. Check out the impact we've made in 2019 and the work we've been focusing on.  Our Impact:  We've diverted 900kg of textiles waste from landfill to make our blankets We’ve donated 54 blankets to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne (and donated $900+ during our Black Friday Cyber Monday campaigns) Our Activities & Awards:  We've organised three Seljak Brand panel discussions about climate change and limiting global warming to 1.5°C. In doing so,...

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Art as action: Finding the role of creativity in the face of a climate crisis

The climate crisis is pressing and communities are only becoming more impacted as we feel the effects of global warming. Most climate action focuses on emissions reduction through renewable energy and reforestation, which is difficult for many of us to engage with on the every day and leaves the skills and passions of creative people by the wayside in the call for climate action. It also largely ignores how we are to prepare for the extreme natural events to which we’re increasingly exposed. Art and creativity critiques and envisions, it builds new, re-invents and inspires – all essential components of transitioning to new ways of doing things. Furthermore, storytelling creates connection between people and groups which is core to effective action....

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Seljak Brand wins the Sustainable Design Award at the inaugural The Design Files Awards

Seljak Brand was thrilled to be awarded best in Sustainable Design at The Design Files’ inaugural 2019 Design Awards. We were blown away by the caliber of entries across the entire award series and are truly humbled to be recognised by what has become something of an Australian design institution.  Karina Seljak with The Design Files founder Lucy Feagins A bit about the awards The Design Files Design Awards is the culmination of more than 10 years celebrating Australian design and creativity. Lucy Feagin, the founder of The Design Files, alongside her wonderful team, created this unique awards program to formally acknowledge the designers, architects and makers who contribute to Australia’s vibrant creative community.  Nominees on display at The Design Files...

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Storytelling through spaces: Sarah Andrews of Captain's Rest

     Sarah Andrews is a scientist, stylist, writer and sailor. She used to spend the majority of her time at sea, but when she lost her beloved sailing boat to a raging storm in the Pacific Ocean, her life took a different path. She bought a run down old shack on the west coast of Tasmania, christened it Captain's Rest, and transformed it into a magical cabin that people visit from far and wide. Sarah is a magnificent storyteller, with tales from around the world to share. But she doesn’t just use her words to tell her story but expresses her experiences, feelings and yearnings through objects and spaces. For Sarah, creating a sense of home is as rich in meaning as it is in texture, colour, shape...

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