Recycled Mats, started by JJ Stranan in 2009, proudly supports fair, ethical, sustainable trading and manufacturing standards for all. Our growing Australian team of 9, are all passionate individuals that together are uber proud in the knowledge that through till early 2019 we have helped save over 163 tonnes of plastics, manufacturing offcuts and car tyres from landfill and thanks to you that figure is increasing by the day! Yipppeeee, but that's not all folks!
We are equally proud of the high ethics that we stand behind in supporting the Indigenous Art Code and only working with artists from a cultural heritage background for each cultural design range, thus ensuring cultural appropriateness and respect.
We are a family-run business, started in 2008 on a laptop in the third bedroom of our home and slowly progressed to the garage, storage units, then warehousing, and in 2016, the signing on of a logistics company to take over our picking, packing and warehousing. Late in 2017, we made the leap to take back control of our warehousing and purchased our own facility in Tweed Heads South. 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 work with.
We are a proud member of the Indigenous Art Code which supports ethical and transparent business dealings with Indigenous artists since 2013. We work with 15 artists from various cultural backgrounds in our community to create culturally inspired designs that connect with communities countrywide.
By supporting us, we are able to keep not just our families 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.
From 2015 we ran our head office on 100% solar power and had water tanks installed so that we also used 100% of our own rainwater in the business. Since July 2018 (in our new office and warehouse location) we've continued to power the business using solar energy. We compost our rubbish whenever possible and recycle whatever else that we can including packaging materials and office refuse. To find out more ways that our team are a green team read on here
Proud Mum & Wife. Head of everything at RM. Culture Lover, Adventurer. Recycler & Bouncy Castle Master.
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…..
Proud Dad & Husband. Master of all things Mechanical. In-house Builder. Surfer. Mountain Biker and “Go to Man” for warehouse operations.
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.
Shepherd Of The Flock. Organiser Of Random Thoughts & Erratic Activity. Loves Loud Shirts Fishes A Lot
Wayne was born in the UK, but now proudly calls Australia and specifically the Gold Coast his home. He has always been running his own businesses since his father convinced him his Geology Degree was wasted and he should have a go at running the family business. Taking the bull by the horns, he moved into online back in 2006, and loves nothing more than watching the online retail space grow. He absolutely loves Recycled Mats, and was easily coaxed to come and work here as Manager (Shepherd to the RM flock).
He loves going fishing when time permits, and has recently taken up Kite Boarding as a huge challenge to his post 50 YO body (It's not going that well he says, and it hurts a lot). He also has quite a collection of loud shirts.
Marketing Manager Magician, Mother, Wife, GIF Enthusiast
Kristina is a first generation Australian, born to a Czech-Lithuanian father and Greek mother from New Zealand. She enjoys her rich cultural heritage through big family meals and big family fun. Kristina loves to learn about different cultures and the impact demographics has on marketing decisions.
On the weekend you can find her running with her licking-machine dogs, swimming at the beach with her big family, or probably cooking more food than is necessary (what’s a European family meal without too much food?). A member of the Recycled Mats since January 2018, Kristina is our Marketing Manager Extraordinare! She does a little bit of everything which is perfect as she is a busy bee and loves to be everywhere at once.
Mum. Admin 'Guru' in the Making. Messy Cook. Recycling Lover.
It’s been almost 20 years since Andrea first met JJ and Nu in Thailand, sparking a friendship that has spanned not only the decades but also continents. Sharing a love of the outdoors and a passion for using recycled materials, Andrea was very keen when asked to work for a company that she knows truly values the importance of protecting our precious resources and in doing so, unifying communities across the globe. And besides, there’s got to be at least one Aussie in the office over rugby season... just to even the score!
Bubbly Animal Lover, Creative Macrame' Maker, Friendly Customer Carer and Proud Plant Owner
Previously a Sydney-sider, Eden moved up to sunny Queensland in order to chase the glassy waves on her 9.2 Long board and to be closer to her baby nephew.
Eden has been lucky enough to work in various different roles across Sydney and England mainly gravitating towards the childcare/customer service field before owning her own children’s entertainment business and crowned “Eden the Enchanting Fairy”!
After over 6 years within the business, Eden decided to focus more on other career opportunities and follow her passion for reducing our impact on the earth's natural resources, reducing our carbon footprint and living healthier lives.
Beach Lover, a Sweet Tooth for Peppermint Chocolate, Travel Enthusiast, RM Creative Designer.
Amy's life has always involved the beach. She spent her early years further south on the Central Coast and found her self travelling north to the Sunshine Coast for her first years of adulthood. Now on the Gold Coast, Amy has settled in a place she calls "Home".
Her weekends are spent enjoying good music, hunting for new coffee shops and appreciating the great outdoors. Amy also has a great love for new places and travelling. So in her downtime, you'll probably find her planning her next adventure to an overseas destination.
Avid Recycled & Second Hand Treasure Hunter. Professional Food Muncher. Content "Master" In The Making
Originally a Sydneysider, Corinne was encouraged at a young age to travel with her Diploma of Massage and Beauty Therapy. She was blessed with years of hard work in England, Norway and Sweden, which allowed Corinne to attend all the festivities even harder. But alas, the spa and wellness industry was not a forever career. This brought Corinne to spending a couple of years working with textiles plus soft home furnishings while gaining knowledge of innovative Swedish design and sustainability.
Since returning home to her retired parents, now residents of the Goldie, she has taken a more serious approach to what is important in life.
Being much closer than a thirty-hour flight to her family and owning her first humble abode are definitely on the top of the list.
"Pop" to 7 adorable little Grubs, Aspiring Golfer, Bronco's Supporter, Semi-Retiree who keeps the Warehouse at RM running smoothly ensuring the prompt dispatch of all daily orders.
Favourite weekend: spending time with grandkids at the beach, followed by a Sunday round of golf with mates ( aspiring to not be the last man home, while the lads are already on their second cold one ) and watching footy would sum up the "Ultimate Weekend" for Greg. New to the RM Team in October 2017, Greg aims to keep all the office staff "ship shape" and get orders sent out efficiently.
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 since 2013.