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Bringing Coldwater Cabin to life: a Q&A with Jennifer Hillhouse

Over the better part of a year, Jennifer Hillhouse and JC Lehuby – of Brisbane's Vieille Branche – renovated a shack in the heart of Tasmania into a cosy cabin for the weekend getaway of our dreams. We chatted to Jennifer about how the couple brought Coldwater Cabin to life, which is situated on The Great Lake in Miena and on the doorstep of Cradle Mountain National Park. It took a lot of time, love, energy and dirty work to pull it together. But it was worth it! Given Miena is one of the coldest towns in Australia (it snows in January!), it's the perfect place to slow down and cosy up (with Seljak blankets, of course). And while we might need to wait until a trip to...

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Who Made My Blanket: A visit to the mill in Lithuania with our auditor

Do you know who makes the things that you wear and use every day? After the fatal collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh in 2013, a global movement was sparked... Fashion Revolution demands transparency and fairness in the fashion industry. This week is Fashion Revolution Week 2020 and there's never a better time to ask – who made my blanket? Well most of our blankets are manufactured at Australia’s oldest wool mill in Tasmania. And in 2019 we introduced our first internationally-manufactured blanket, the Seljak Dune. The Seljak Dune blanket is made with reclaimed textile waste in Kaunas, Lithuania, combining factory floor offcuts of 16 mills around Europe. The Lithuanian mill is 93 years old with Italian...

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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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