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How to compost your packaging

Emily Boyd of Yandina Community Gardens shows us how to work with compostable packaging After another tumultuous but somewhat restful festive season, we're reflecting on the spirit of giving. Regardless of whether you wrap presents in shiny paper and ribbons or recycled toilet paper wrapping (we’re looking at you, Who Gives A Crap), there’s also a serious amount of packaging flying around, including from online orders. We can’t help but think about where it comes from, and of course where it goes, when the holiday sparkle fades. Our society appears to be somewhere in the early stages of a post-plastic packaging era, as more and more alternatives are entering the market to replace the use-once-last-forever plastic products, which are based on...

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Every year we report on how we’re working towards our vision – a world without waste – and how we’re supporting the environment and the community we work within. Beyond Seljak Brand’s closed loop blankets we participate in systems innovation, educate about the circular economy and advocate for climate action. Check out the impact we've made in 2021 and the work we've been focusing on throughout the year.  From January 1st 2021 to now:  We've diverted 2900kg of textiles waste from landfill to make our blankets We’ve donated $10,000 directly to the ASRC for food, support and supplies  Our Activities:  We’re a certified carbon neutral business after joining the Carbon Reduction Institute’s certification program.  Seljak Brand co-founders Sammy and Karina Seljak were jointly...

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Stitched Together by Sue-Ching: The humble tea towel goes above and beyond in The Close to My Heart Project

Sue-Ching with the Close To My Heart dress designs  Sue-Ching Lascelles is a prolific Meanjin based multi-media artist and maker, working within analog processes; mediums such as papercutting and embroidery with a focus on textiles, creating illustrative work, sculptural forms and installations, and integrating these processes on various scales.  Raquet/Racket installation at the Artisan Ivory Street Window, Brisbane As a self-proclaimed “maker of happy things”, Sue-Ching creates work that is surreal and playful; which she describes as “both commonplace and out-of-place at the same time.” Her projects reframe the mundane, blurring the lines of where “the ordinary ends and the extraordinary begins.”   Details from A month of Sundays  Sue-Ching turned to sewing garments during the 2020 Covid lockdowns, documenting and sharing processes on...

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How to repair your blanket

Well-made wool blankets can last a lifetime if you take care of them. This can be as simple as airing your blanket out in the sun if it’s been in storage for a long time to freshen it, or spot cleaning if you spilt something on it. And if you get a hole in your blanket, it’s worth repairing! In a highly consumerist society, and an economy that relies on single-use and fast fashion buys, products breaking and needing to be replaced, repair is actually a radical act. Repair saves you money, empowers you to restore the things you love, and helps release pressure on the planet from overconsumption. Repairing your stuff can be easy, fun and sometimes really beautiful....

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Meet the makers at the Geelong mill we work with

Former mill director Quentin and textile designer Ana at the mill Seljak Brand has been working with a heritage mill in Geelong for the past year to create the beautiful Rugged range made from 100% deadstock woollen yarn. The Geelong mill, in its various iterations, has been weaving wool fabric for 100 years, but have only recently introduced blanket weaving to find a use for the myriad of leftover yarn in their warehouse. Led by the mill’s previous director Quentin Vahl Meyer, and driven by textiles designers Gemma Glazik and Ana Petidis, the Geelong mill have perfected beautiful, Australian-made wool blankets. Seljak Rugged range made in Geelong – the Peak, Swell and Glow blankets To shine a light on the wonderful work...

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