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How it's made: the process of our recycled wool blankets

Currently our recycled blankets are made at the same mill that the offcuts are produced. Other than our blankets, the mill spins and weaves fine wool blankets for their clients and customers. These are made from blends of virgin fibres such as merino, lamb's wool, alpaca, cotton and mohair. As the other blankets are produced, the mill collects the offcuts from the production process. This might be from the spinning or weaving stage, and can be from overruns, trimmings and scraps that aren't part of the final product.  Bales of offcuts ready to be shredded These offcuts are shredded in an industrial shredding machine into many small fibres of consistent size and shape. Then, the carding machine cleans and makes parallel all of...

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Practising non-attachment: at home with Emily Devers and NICO

Seljak Brand teamed up with multidisciplinary artist Emily Devers, of Frank & Mimi, and NICO, leaders in Australian ethical and sustainable fashion, to capture Emily in her studio and her home. Emily shared with us her thoughts about her practice, her spaces and why conscious consumption is important to her. Here's a little slice of her philosophy: What makes you connect with labels like NICO and Seljak Brand? What is there not to connect with! Our shopping choices have such a huge impact on how businesses treat people and our planet, and I truly believe that our strongest vote is with our dollar. When you put ethics first as a consumer, not only are you investing in an aesthetically pleasing, quality product that's made locally, but you are committing to an economy that's...

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This is what happens to our old clothes

With the rise of fast fashion comes more textile waste than ever before. Australians now throw out 27kg of clothing per person, per year. Globally, it's 50 million tonnes – and 80% ends up in landfill.Textiles in landfill emit methane gases into the atmosphere (which are 25 times more harmful than carbon), accelerating global warming.When it’s time to get rid of old clothes (and after considering swapping with friends or repair!) there's the option to use them as rags around the house, throw them in the bin or take them to charities in the local area.Donating used clothing seems like a much better alternative than throwing them away, but what happens to our clothes then? Co-founder Karina visited The Smith Family's Villawood recycling centre in western...

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Exploring hand-woven silks in remote Assam: A throwback to our textiles journey across India

For three months in 2015, we travelled across India to explore its new and ancient craft techniques and manufacturing processes for weaving silk, wool and recycled yarn. We wanted to see how India produces textiles for which Australia does not have the expertise or equipment. We made our way across Rajasthan, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh to visit The Fabric Social in the North Eastern states. The Fabric Social work with women in war torn areas to produce pieces the Australian market loves. Here are some reflections we wrote at the time... We boarded the train from Guwahati not knowing what to expect of The Fabric Social's weaving facility in Upper Assam, where we were headed. As part of...

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Jak Haines promotes ethical sex by selling toys

At Purpose conference late last year, I had the honour of standing on stage with Jak, the founder of Vavven, a purpose driven ethical sex toy retailer. She was humorous and challenging, and her honest and unapologetic style was something I wanted to emulate as soon as I saw her speak. Jak is on a mission to take the taboo out of pleasure by retailing sex toys and talking about it. She reimagines the sex industry to be an inclusive and empowering space, committing to donate one third of Vavven’s profits to organisations who champion Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), such as Marie Stopes International (family planning and sexual health), Oxfam and its gender justice program and Women...

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