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LOOP GROWERS: the closed loop composting system feeding Brisbane cafes

Alice & Phil, founders of Loop Growers Loop Growers is a market garden, a composting solution for Brisbane’s venues, a community galvaniser, an educator and a completely closed loop food system.  Wearing many hats, Alice Star and Phil Garozzo developed Loop Growers almost six years ago. Alice had been learning about land regeneration and was putting it into practice on her dad Rob’s farm out on Jinibara and Jagera country, at Samford, 30km from Brisbane. Her Dad had a garlic crop as a hobby and after an over-abundance of garlic, Alice started selling it to her mate who was a chef at Merriweather cafe in South Brisbane.  Alice and OB the farm's maremma After he’d been travelling and WOOF-ing in...

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Sarah K’s design revolution

Supercyclers founder, Sarah K, is a force to be reckoned with. A design career spanning decades and disciplines, and an unwavering commitment to designing to make the world a better place, she’s an inspiration, a true pioneer in the waste-to-resource space and key collaborator of our Pressing Matters Floor Lounger.  We wanted to explore and share Sarah K’s design journey with you, including the launch of her latest project – the little black smart dress (aka the LBSD) that got the tick of approval from Vogue. So we interviewed Sarah to learn more.  Sarah K in her studio  "Every aspect of our world, every occupation, has an impact on the environment in some way. Change can happen in a sustainable direction...

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The Pyramid blanket is a reflection of the Sunshine Coast hinterland

The newest addition to the Seljak Brand family, the Pyramid blanket, was inspired by the iconic mountains of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Some may have been lucky enough to have seen the Glasshouse Mountains at dawn, when the gnarled peaks eerily float above the early morning fog.  Or, in this case, the Glasshouse Mountains at sunset This is Gubbi Gubbi country, a land of abundance that was frequented once every three years for thousands of years with the Bunya festival. First Nations peoples walked for hundreds of kilometres to gather, trade, marry, settle disputes and celebrate. The fertile soil is thanks to volcanic activity about 26 million years ago.  The Pyramid blanket design features two mountains inland of Coolum...

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The Playing with Fire Blanket is a speculation on climate survival

Australia’s Black Summer in 2019/2020 made it clear that bushfires are only going to increase in frequency and intensity with a heating climate – indeed all extreme weather events will. As part of Melbourne Design Week and Friends & Associates’ show called A World We Don’t Want, we’re exploring how the onus is increasingly on frontline workers, communities and individuals to survive, and wondering how the hell we’re going to do it.  After hearing myriad stories of coming face-to-face with fire, Karina borrowed a local volunteer firefighters jacket, her and Sammy’s grandmother’s refurbished Singer sewing machine and a box of donated wool blankets to experiment.  The result is the Playing with Fire Blanket – a new kind of PPE for...

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Seljak Brand and Five Mile Radius’ closed loop fit-out

Seljak Brand and Five Mile Radius have spent the past few months settling into our studio and showroom in Highgate Hill, Meanjin (Brisbane). Also working to accelerate the transition to a circular economy and more sustainable material futures, Five Mile Radius is an architecture studio focusing on the use of local resources in construction. They make buildings and furniture from recycled materials, including their epic waste terrazzo surfaces.  Karina Seljak, Sammy Seljak and Clare Kennedy (Five Mile Radius). Photo: Aimee Catt When Sammy came across the shopfront in Highgate Hill, which used to be the home of Onespace gallery, she saw the potential to create a space that would enable Seljak Brand and Five Mile Radius to explore circularity through our...

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