We work with a range of mills in Australia and Europe that each have a special part to play in producing blankets from offcuts and yarn that would otherwise be destined for landfill.
Setting up the spinning machine at the mill in Tasmania
Tasmania, Australia – our first recycled wool mill partner
The 150 year old mill in Tasmania is vertically integrated and spins and weaves luxury blankets made from Australian merino, as well as alpaca, mohair and cotton. The by-product from the process is used to make our recycled wool blankets. Offcuts are collected from the factory floor, which are overruns, trimmings and scraps from the spinning or weaving stages. These offcuts plus old blankets are ripped up in an industrial ragging machine, spun into new yarn and made into blankets. Read about the step-by-step manufacturing process in Tasmania.
Inspecting the deadstock yarn at the Geelong mill
Geelong, Australia – the mill with deadstock yarn
Our Rugged range is woven at a mill in Geelong that is traditionally an upholstery weaving mill. When we learned they diversified into blanket weaving, we were thrilled. What’s more, they have a stockpile of deadstock yarn that they’d been keeping with the hopes of using it before getting dust-covered and moth-eaten. Mills are left with ‘deadstock’ yarn if it's over-ordered or their customers change their designs or quantities. We design blankets with the deadstock yarn to avoid sending it as waste to landfill. Read more about weaving blankets from deadstock yarn in Geelong.
Italy – the post-consumer textiles recycling
Seljak Brand uses yarn made of post-consumer textiles waste, which is discarded clothing like old woolen jumpers. The ‘waste’ is recycled into new yarn at mills located in a textiles region near Florence, Italy. The woollen garments are sorted into like- colours and by material type, and fibre quality. Colour experts meticulously match the colours of every yarn lot so they can offer ‘stock colours’ no matter what garments they’re recycling. Each time, the recipe will be slightly different but the end result will look the same.They are then ragged and shredded and spun into a new yarn with a bit of polyamide for strength. Read more on the post-consumer yarn making process in Italy.
The mill we work with in Lithuania is almost a century old and its Italian weaving machinery produces very high quality recycled textiles and intricate designs. The mill collects offcuts from the factory floors of 16 mills around Europe and pools them together for processing in Lithuania. This mill also weaves with the aforementioned post-consumer textiles yarn made in Italy. The specialty Jacquard looms mean we can weave abstract patterns into the blankets! Read more about our mill partner in Lithuania.