All of our blankets are made with recycled textiles; some pre-consumer and some post-consumer waste. Pre-consumer waste is the textiles waste associated with the manufacturing process – offcuts, overruns and deadstock yarn. Post-consumer waste is old garments that can’t be donated or re-worn (like holey woollen sweaters). You can read about what type of waste your blanket is made from on each product page, and in How It’s Made.
To date we have diverted 6,900kg of textile waste from landfill by making blankets
But what happens to your blanket when you no longer want it? Well, we use the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s circular economy principles to determine the best second life for your blanket. So before we remanufacture old blankets, we find use for them in their current form. This means, we keep resources at their highest value for as long as possible and don’t use unnecessary resources like water and energy to remanufacture a blanket that still has life left in it.
So if you have a Seljak Brand blanket but no longer want it, we collect it free of charge using Sendle, a carbon neutral courier service. If it’s in good condition (no rips, holes or stains), we launder it and donate it to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre for distribution to their members.
If it’s no longer fit for re-use and donating, we recycle it through one of our recycling partners. The blankets made in Lithuania get collected and sent in bulk back to the same mill they’re made. Here, they’re put back into the recycling process and shredded and made into a new yarn along with production offcuts. Our Australian-made blankets are sent to Upparel for onshore textiles recycling into new products, like their Flip Up couch for kids.
If you have a Seljak Brand blanket that you’d like recycled, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll give it a second life. This is how we close the loop.