About Us



 
 

Recycled Mats who trades as Global Kids Oz, supports fair, ethical and sustainable trading and manufacturing standards for all. We pledge to re-use and recycle our own boxes, paper, packing materials whenever we can to reduce our carbon footprint on the planet. Where possible we also purchase carbon offsets for flight travel to help to minimize our impact. Our range of Green Products is expanding as we find useful and good quality products to supply to our client base. As of 2015 we are proud to also acknowledge that we run our head office on 100% solar power and have water tanks installed so that we also use 100% of our own rainwater in the business. We compost our rubbish whenever possible and recycle what ever else that we can. We are a family-run business, started in the third bedroom of our home and on a laptop in 2008 and slowly progressed to the garage, storage units, then warehousing and have now signed on a logistics company to take over our picking, packing and warehousing since mid 2016 giving us back some valuable family time as our son grows up (far too quickly I might add too!). As we grow, so too does our range and so does the work that we are able to provide the amazing Indigenous artists that we are proud and honoured to be able to work with.

We are a proud member of the Indigenous Art Code which supports ethical and transparent business dealings with Indigenous artists.

By supporting us, we are able to keep, not just our family in work but also many others families both around Australia and abroad. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us the opportunity to create a genuinely recycled and culturally inspired range of products which we hope you and your family will love and treasure.

     
        

JJ Stranan

Director and Founder of Recycled Mats & Global Kids Oz

I was born in NZ to a Canadian Dad and Lithuanian/Australian Mum, and I am a first generation born Kiwi and now proudly an Aussie too. After leaving school at 17 I lived in Thailand for five years, I obtained my PADI Divemaster Diver's license and spent the time running the local dive shop and out on the boat taking tourists below the waves exploring the undersea world off Phuket, one of Thailands premier diving areas in the late 90's. After a brief return to NZ and achieving a Diploma in Travel Studies I returned to Thailand to manage the three dive shops. Meeting the man of my dreams as he sailed in on a magnificent super yacht as the engineer on board, I then decided that I needed to get a move on and see some more of the world, so I joined the Super Yacht community. My first yacht was "Stormvogel" of which many people know as the white-hulled boat of out the "Dead Calm" movie which made Sam Neil and Nicole Kidman famous back in the day... And no there is no spear gun hole remaining in the aft cabin where Billy Zane shot the dog!!! LOL

After sailing around the world to many amazing locations, meeting some amazing people, learning about exotic cultures, we were settling for a while in the US when 911 happened. An event that shook us like the world and we soon after decided to return to little ole safe NZ in the depths of the Pacific. Five years there and living on 10 acres of NZ native Bush we decided that the lure of Australia was too great to ignore so we packed up shop, threw the dogs in the plane hold and off we came to this great land. Initially working in the corporate environment in the CBD and then after losing my Dad suddenly in a motorbike accident I took stock of my life and decided I wanted to make a difference to the world and corporate wasn't going to help me achieve that. So my passion of learning about new cultures and travel sent me toward creating Global Kids Oz and Recycled Mats...And the rest shall we just say is history.....

     
     

Nu Sims

Director of Recycled Mats & Global Kids Oz

Born in New Zealand in a small but now famous town, running barefooted around the hills and paddocks was a precursor to travel. After leaving Gods Own way back when for the obligatory 1 year OE it kinda took about 16 years to return. Hey no hurry, he figured out that you can't see it all in that 1 year.

Nu migrated with JJ and their 2 dogs at the time to Australia in 2006 looking for better opportunities. Nu is a qualified mechanic, marine engineer, general all round handyman and now helps JJ run the business.

A quiet achiever Nu has sailed around the world (picking up JJ along the way) mountain biked, surfed and dived in some rather remote places. Having seen some amazing places and meeting incredible people along the way has only increased his thirst for travel and exploring different cultures.

After many years in the marine industry it was time for change, and the growth of Global Kids Oz and Recycled Mats had it's calling. Sure, working in an office and warehouse is rather erm different to super yachts but working along side his wife who exudes passion for making a difference in the world is a blessing.

The life style has changed a bit now with Little "O" running around under our feet but in no way has life slowed down.

You may only catch a glimpse of Nu every once in a while but rest assured he is there keeping things flowing in the background.

 

Our Artists 

We are very lucky to have a team of talented artists associated with Recycled Mats. From diverse backgrounds, including Australian Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islands, New Zealand Maori, Pacific Islands and Malaysian cultural perspectives, these artists create the unique multicultural designs that make our mats, runners and cushions so impressive. We are proud subscribers to the Indigenous Art Code, ensuring fair business dealings with Indigenous artists. 

Read more about all our artists on our 'Artists' page. 

 

Sage

Company mascot!

Sage was born in New Zealand. Love's licking, playing and generally being a ratbag.... It is with sadness that we report that our dear Sage lost her fight with cancer in Easter 2016, many of our clients had met Sage over the years and our heart aches at her passing.....