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It’s A Climate Emergency: what do we do now?

by Karina Seljak and Samantha Seljak In February this year we co-hosted a panel at the Sustainable Living Festival focusing on how fashion can help limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. Since then, it has become clear that we need to act on climate now by all means possible – it’s an emergency. The UK government has declared a climate emergency, local councils including Byron Shire Council, Yarra City Council and Fremantle City Council have declared it. The City of Sydney declared a climate emergency in late June and even more recently New York City declared their mission to achieve a carbon emissions-free future.  Human activity is estimated to have caused approximately 1 degree of global warming already, compared to pre-industrial...

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Refugee Week at Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Ever since we started Seljak Brand we’ve donated one blanket for every ten sold to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Footscray, Victoria. We visited the ASRC again a couple weeks ago to hand deliver our 160th blanket and check out their incredible work enabling social enterprises, running legal services and so much more.   The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Footscray, a suburb of Melbourne Winter can be a hard time at the ASRC as food stocks run low and warm things are needed, so the Centre was a hive of activity. In our three visits over the last three years, what strikes us is the ever evolving nature of the processes and programs at the ASRC, which are...

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How fashion can limit global warming to 1.5°C

It’s ‘climate crunch time’ and everything we care about (and rely on!) is now under threat. It’s time to go beyond the usual conversations around supply chain issues, textiles recycling, buying less and buying better – focusing instead on how fashion can halt its contribution to global warming, drastically and quickly. On 10 February, alongside Suitcase Rummage, we co-hosted a panel called Disrupting fashion to save the world to take the sustainable fashion conversation to the next level. The event was part of Sustainable Living Festival – now in its 20th year – which is making it a mission to present the very best discoveries to restore a safe climate as fast as humanly possible. We asked key players in...

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MARNIN STUDIO: an Indigenous women’s healing space turns blankets into bush toys

Marnin Studio is a therapeutic healing space where women in Fitzroy Crossing, the heart of the Kimberley in Western Australia, can come to create, learn and relax. ‘Marnin’ means women in Walmajarri language.  The artwork created by the women can range from printed fabrics and clothing, to woven baskets, painted boab nuts or bush toys made from old blankets. Based at Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre in Fitzroy Crossing, the studio is driven by the vision of local Bunuba, Gooniyandi, Wankatjunka, Walmajarri and Nykina women.  After connecting with Courtney, the studio manager at Marnin, we heard a little bit more about the roots of the social enterprise. Marnin Studio started with a demand for the women’s artwork. “The Studio started officially back...

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IMPACT REPORT 2018

As a purpose-driven business, every year we report on how we’re contributing to the community and environment. In a nutshell: We’ve donated 114 blankets to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne We've diverted 2,000kg of textiles waste from landfill to make our blankets About 6,000 people have engaged with us in talking about circular models at conferences and events Over 500,000 Australians have been exposed to closed loop business practices thanks to the press we've received We've crowdfunded $32,000 to help fund the research and development of using other businesses' textile waste to make more blankets – you can check out our progress with local Sydney label Citizen Wolf’s offcuts here. We're continuing to explore systems change and ways to...

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