Recycled Mats, started by JJ Stranan in 2009, proudly supports fair, ethical, sustainable trading and manufacturing standards for all. Our growing Australian team of 7, are all passionate individuals that together are uber proud in the knowledge that through till late 2019 we have helped save over 185 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 2009 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 Thailand's premier diving areas in the late ’90s. 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 superyacht 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” which many people know as the white-hulled boat out of the “Dead Calm” movie that 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 after which, we decided to return to little ol' safe NZ in the depths of the Pacific. After five years there, 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 for 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.
Mum. Admin 'Guru' in the Making. Messy Cook. Recycling Lover.
It’s been 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!
Mum, Outdoor Lover, Tree Hugger, Photography Enthusiast
Odette and her family immigrated to Australia and have called the Gold Coast home for the past ten years. Growing up in South Africa instilled a love of wildlife as well as cultural diversity.
In her free time, Odette enjoys discovering out of the way places and has a fascination for treehouses and tiny homes. She loves to travel with one of her favourite destinations being Vanuatu. She likes creating memories and photographing them all along the way. She embraces beautiful things created from recycling and has a fondness of collecting nature’s treasures.
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.
"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.
Chief Product Tester
Dinosaur & LEGO Fan, Chief Catalogue "Hander Outer" and model in many RM photo shoots
Oscar was almost born on a Recycled Mat, being just days old when he first had the opportunity to explore one. Being that RM is very much a family business many would have watched Oscar's growth over the years.
Oscar's input into design is taken onboard especially for our "Kid Focused" range, after all, who best to get feedback on kids ideas that a kid!
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.
Interested in knowing more about Recycled Mats? Please watch this short one and a half minute video that we enjoyed making for you.