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As one of our valued clients, your opinion matters. We love to get feedback and hear about the ways our customers are sharing and enjoying their Recycled Mats purchases.

By leaving a review on our site, you’re helping other people make an informed decision about their purchases as well as helping us provide the best service possible.

Want to leave us a product review? It only takes a minute! Here’s how it’s done…

How to leave a product review at Recycled Mats

Step 1.

Visit the product description page for your favourite Recycled Mats product.

Step 2.

Scroll down to the tabs below the product photos. You will see ‘Description’, ‘Specifications’ and ‘Reviews’.  Click on 'Reviews'.

Step 3.

Under ‘Reviews’ you can read what other people have had to say about their own unique recycled mats, runners, tables or cushions. They may also have left a star rating between 1 and 5.

To create your own review, click on the link that says ‘Write a product review’.

Here, you will need to enter a name and email address. Please note, your name will appear alongside the review but your email will not be shared publicly.

Next, write down your thoughts! Please feel free to tell us when and where you use our mats. What’s your favourite colour? What does your class or family think about their new rugs or cushions? How easy is it to clean your new mat?

Finally, give this product a star rating by clicking on the row of 5 stars below the review boxes. 5 means you love it! 1 means there’s some way we can improve. Please contact us any time if you any questions or concerns.

Step 4.

Click 'Preview'. This gives you a chance to read over what you’ve written before it appears on our site. Made a mistake or want to add more information? Easy! Click ‘edit review’ and make the changes. 

Finally, click 'Post Review'. You're done! 

Step 5.

You’ll get a notice to thank you for leaving your review. All of our reviews are then approved by our web team before they appear on the site. This is simply to make sure we don’t bore our readers with ‘spam’ reviews. We are only interested in genuine opinions and experiences from our valued clients.

Check back later in the day and you’ll be able to read your review below the product description.

Step 6.

Give yourself a big pat on the back for helping other customers enjoy our amazing, earth-friendly, multicultural products! Now go and relax on a nice, comfy rug. 

Need more information about how to leave a product review? Contact us and we'll talk you through it. 

Here at Recycled Mats we endeavour to keep the cost of shipping affordable for all our customers across Australia so we charge a flat rate dependent on your location/post code per order. The only EXCEPTION to this are orders that are needed to be sent with couriers due to the size of parcels, this particularly applies to our range of educational mats but may apply to others, all items that are sent by courier are highlighted on the product. 

As of April, 2017 Australia Post has made changes to the way they deliver parcels - If Australia Post deem that there is a safe place to leave a parcel when no one is at home to collect the item then they will leave it, they will take a photo as proof of where the parcel was left. If there is no safe place, then they will leave a card as normal in the letterbox and take the parcel to the closest Post Office for you to collect and sign for. We have instructed Australia Post that for all of our parcels we require a signature on delivery regardless of their processes, which therefore means that "Authority to Leave" is no longer an option for our parcels. This is to protect both you and I from theft.

At Recycled Mats, we have a 30 Day Returns policy.

Here's how it works...

Any request for a replacement/refund/store credit must be made within 30 days of the order. You MUST advise us of your request PRIOR to sending the item back.

CHANGE OF MIND Returns:

  • Advise Recycled Mats that a return is requested within 30 days of the order being placed.  
  • Item is to be new and not used, worn, or opened and have all original packaging and tags intact. 
  • Item is in a resaleable condition.
  • Item is not damaged in any way and returned exactly how it was sent. Please see videos for our mat folding instructions
  • Change of mind is not accepted on any mats that have had optional eyelets added in at your request as this deems the mat as customized and is not-resaleable.

You will be responsible for the cost and risk of returning goods, including the full cost of return shipping. If the item is not received by us, you will not be eligible for a credit or exchange. We recommend that you insure high-value items that you return and at the very least, track your item through your choice of carrier.

You may be provided with a product exchange, refund or store credit (at our discretion) only when the returned product is received and it complies with our returns policy. If the returned item does not meet the conditions of this policy, you will be responsible for the cost of receiving your returned goods back to your nominated address.

Any order of $150+ returned due to "change of mind" that is deemed eligible for a refund or exchange, will be processed with a 10% restocking fee applied which covers unretrievable costs incurred. 

DAMAGED / FAULTY GOODS

Please note that minor loose threads or short threads are normal and are NOT a manufacturer's defect and do not / will not compromise the product in any way. Most loose threads can be snipped off or tucked into the weave. If you have concerns, please send us an image along with your order number to supertroopers@recycledmats.com.au so that we can advise.

How to advise us of an issue/fault/damaged item:

  • Let us know by emailing supertroopers@recycledmats.com.au (including the order number) within 30 days of placing the order.
  • Please include CLEAR images of any area of concern so that we can understand the issue. 

If an item has been agreed to be returned to us:

  • Returned items MUST be in original packaging with ALL original stickers in place (see photo example below).
  • Rugs and mats cannot have been used in any way AND Recycled Plastic Mats must be folded along the same fold lines with which they were received. Please view our folding videos here. If the plastic mats are folded incorrectly or carelessly, there is a chance during transit that damage may occur, rendering them unsellable and therefore voiding any option for a refund or exchange
  • For returns to be processed effectively, you must clearly label the return package with the original order #.
  • If the item is requested to be returned to us and if the item is not received, you will not be eligible for a refund or replacement. If we have provided you with a REPLY PAID account then this is trackable. If you are sending it yourself, we recommend tracking the item with your carrier to ensure that the item makes it back to us. (It is estimated that approx 1% of parcels are lost in transit by providers).
  • Eligible replacement items or refunds due will not be processed until the returned item (s) has been received and reviewed by us. 
  • Refunds are processed weekly from HQ.

Example of Recycled Mats as they look when posted in original packaging

Recycled Mats will not accept a return or exchange on any SALE items or purchases made using a discount voucher or code, nor on any items that have been customised by the addition of eyelets unless it is clear that the item is faulty.

RETURNS & POSTAGE COSTS

If you simply change your mind about a product, we are happy to discuss an exchange but please note that return postage costs are your responsibility.

If we have agreed to provide a refund for "Change of Mind", the postage cost of whatever you initially paid** will be deducted from the refund or credit amount. Please note that refunds can only be paid into the same account that was used for the initial order.

(** the postage cost for items that are sent by courier will be as per the shipping charge on the order invoice)

UNDELIVERABLE ORDERS

Please note that if you have provided us with an INCORRECT or UNDELIVERABLE address (as deemed by the carrier) for your order and it is returned to us, in order for us to re-ship your items to you, you must supply us with an address that our choice of carrier (usually Auspost) will deliver to. Also, if return-to-sender fees have been incurred by the return of the order to us, then these are to be paid by you plus the cost of the return shipment and the re-shipment of items back to your newly nominated address. These return and re-shipment costs will be calculated on actual costs and be a minimum of $19.95 per parcel (note that we subsidise freight costs 90% of the time). 

If Recycled Mats have made the mistake then we will cover ALL costs to get the package re-sent to you promptly.

We love our products and we want you to love them too. Contact us anytime to discuss your feedback or concerns.

*Please note that Global Kids Oz trades as Recycled Mats so please ensure that all payments are made out to Global Kids Oz 

  • Pay Pal
  • Afterpay online layby system
  • Zippay online layby system
  • Cheque or Money Order - to be sent to Global Kids Oz Pty Ltd T/as Recycled Mats at P O Box 6500, Tweed Heads South, NSW 2486
  • Credit Card online EWAY (secure site)
  • Credit Card over the phone, call 1300 32 00 65 
  • Amex Card online with a 3% surcharge (secure site)
  • Direct Bank Deposit (Available for Schools, Child Care Centres and Libraries) Payment to be made to Global Kids Oz Pty, NAB BSB 082837 Acct 16500 5432
  • We are able to invoice your centre/school/library if required. Please email us your Purchase Order to relax@recycledmats.com.au 

Payment is required within 14 days of placing your order, if your centre or school requires a longer payment option please advise us so that we may work with you to suit your requirements.

Global Kids Oz - Trading as Recycled Mats - has a strict 14 day credit term policy and will approve credit terms to approved clients, please note that overdue payments are subject to a minimum $25 overdue payment fee plus 5% late payment surcharge for each month thereafter

A GST Tax invoice will be automatically emailed to you once your order has been finalised online.

Care Instructions

Our recycled mats, including our Aboriginal mats and large child care play mats, have been made to the best attainable standards from UV treated recycled Polypropylene. This gives them excellent protection from sun damage but we do not recommend leaving them in continuous direct sunlight or moisture.

They are also mould-resistant, non-toxic, hypo-allergenic, lightweight and reversible, making them extremely practical for daily use in any environment!

Your recycled plastic mats will arrive folded for ease of transport. When you receive your mat, it will have fold marks. These folds will drop out over time; normally it takes a few weeks but high temperatures may speed up the process. The plastic has a short 'memory' of being folded so to help it 'forget' the fold line, simply pop your mat out in the sun for a few days. Hang the mat over your washing line, for example.  

Keep in mind that a short time in the sun is not harmful but day in/day out sun will affect the longevity of your mat. Of course, if you fold your mat up at the end of each day, such as in a classroom, the fold lines will remain.

Cleaning

When it comes to cleaning, your plastic Polypropylene indoor/outdoor mats can be shaken off or vacuumed for dust and dirt. For heavier soiling, take your mat outside and rinse with a hose. We do not recommend abrasive or chemical cleaning products.

If food or dirt is wedged into the woven fabric of the mats, use warm water and a soft broom to lightly scrub the dirt out. Allow to dry on a fence or washing line. We do not recommend using a Gerni or other intense water cleaner as the mat fibres can blow apart under pressure.

Use and storage

Our ethical, recycled mats are sturdy and hard-wearing but, like any floor covering, they can get damaged by rough daily use.

We suggest that you do not keep heavy items on your play mats, especially when in storage, as this may leave permanent dents in the mats.

If using your indoor/outdoor mat beneath a table setting, ensure that the feet of the chairs and tables are larger than the size of a 5 cent piece. This helps distribute weight more evenly and stops the feet getting caught in the woven fabric.

To store your indoor/outdoor mat when not in use, we suggest that you fold it along the same fold lines with which it was delivered to you. You can see our folding videos on the product page of each recycled plastic mat - please note the instructions carefully. Our recycled mats are easily stored in cupboards or the back of the car, preferably out of direct sunlight to avoid deterioration.

If your mat is getting extensive daily use, the seams can begin to pull apart over a period of time. It is possible to re-stitch these back together using a strong cotton or fishing twine and a large needle. 

If using your plastic mats on a wood or tile floor we suggest that you anchor the corners down with the edge of a couch or desk, or use a non-skid floor protector under the mat to keep it in place. 

Some of our range, including our welcome door mats, are made from recycled car tyres and PET bottles. These are exceptionally hard-wearing and even easier to maintain than our beautiful plastic mats.

Cleaning

Our rubber and PET mats are covered with Scotchgard to resist staining. For light soiling, they can be vacuumed or washed down with warm, soapy water. For heavy soiling,  you can use a hose or Gerni (or another high-pressure water cleaner) though we do recommend holding the device at a distance to minimise the impact on the mat fibres. Dry flat, away from direct sunlight. Please note that our door mats are not designed for commercial use, rather, home use only.

Use and storage

We expect our rubber and PET mats to last 3-5 years in a standard home environment. How long they last, however, is entirely variable depending on care and location.

Our mats are UV treated to help avoid discolouration but if left in full sun for long periods, some colours and designs are likely to fade. If this is a concern for you, consider moving your mat inside at high UV times of the day or using your mat in a shaded area.

Our stunning recycled Chindi and fabric rugs are made from a combination of cotton, jute, wool, denim and felt. These charming rugs are more delicate than their tougher plastic mat cousins and are designed for indoor use only.

Cleaning

Light vacuuming or spot-cleaning is the best approach when caring for these rugs. If you’re using soap, test it in a discreet area of the rug to ensure that there is no colour run or bleaching before applying it elsewhere. Being made from fabric and natural fibres, these mats should be dried flat to keep their shape.

We do not recommend putting any of these rugs in a washing machine. When spot cleaning, use only the amount of water needed to clean the area in need of care. Extensive water dousing will mean the rug needs a lot longer to dry which can lead to discolouration or mould in muggy environments.

For heavy soiling, commercial steam cleaning may be required. 

NOTE: Being hand-woven or hand-tufted, you may experience some "sprouting" of small tufts of fabric after some use. This is where some loose tufts of fabric pop up or extend above the surface of the pile. This is a normal occurrence and not a manufacturing defect. Please ensure that there is not a rotor (or beater) bar on your vacuum cleaner which is set too low as this can cause irritation to the fibres and result in them coming loose. Any individual threads that have come loose can be simply cut even with the pile surface. 

Use and storage

These mats are made of a blend of different dyed fabrics, so we cannot guarantee how colourfast the various components will be. Direct sunlight may affect the colour of the rugs, so we recommend using them in well-covered areas (protected from the elements) or indoors only.

Our rope and fabric rugs are very sturdy, suited to regular use and comfortable for sitting or walking on. Equally, however, they are an eye catching addition to room décor and colours will remain most vibrant if the rugs are not used in high traffic areas.

Our unique cushion covers are made from either 100% polyester or 100% cotton chambray.

Cleaning

Our cushion covers are machine washable but should not be tumbled dry. Simply remove your cushion insert and wash the cover on a cold, gentle cycle. Do not use bleach. We recommend washing them separately from other items initially in case of any colour changes. Dry in the shade. 

Use and storage

Our cushion covers are suitable for indoor/outdoor use but prolonged exposure to sun may result in fading. 

Thanks for purchasing your rugs through us here at Recycled Mats. We are proud of our products and hope you will enjoy your purchase for many years to come.

If you are not 100% happy with your purchase, we offer a standard 30 day right of return.

MAX weight SAFE LOAD LIMIT 3kg

Do NOT stand or sit on the table

Do NOT submerge in water

Keep AWAY from heat sources & extreme heat

Do NOT place fingers between moving parts

Do NOT place in dishwasher

ALWAYS ensure legs are fully stretched out prior to adding weight/items to the table

Do USE a placemat or coaster prior to placing hot or cold items on your table to prevent marks from occurring

SUPERVISION of children & animals when using the product is required

WIPE down with a damp cloth after use

Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sun

 

Do tell your friends about this great product

Do enjoy sensibly ( alcohol in moderation )

 

Failure to follow safety recommendations could lead to serious injury or damage to your product

Order your table here

 

Recycled Mats has available a range of portable picnic tables from a variety of suppliers including Australian Made and imported from China.

Materials used in the range vary from pine, hardwood and bamboo.

There is a table style, colour, material and price to suit your style and budget.

Product

At Recycled Mats we stock a range of deluxe, environmentally-responsible floor coverings for indoor and outdoor use. Our motto is "For the love of culture, for the love of our environment" which is why we use recycled materials in all our products, wherever possible.

We estimate that we repurpose around 1 million plastic bags a year in the production of our plastic mats! Our other mat designs are created from old tyres, PET drink bottles and discarded fabric offcuts from clothing factories and furniture makers. Every ‘scrap’ we can save and reuse means less waste going to landfill.

The other great thing about using recycled plastics is that it makes our mats easy to clean. You can put away all the abrasive, toxic chemical cleaning products you’d normally need for a playmat or camping rug!

Recycled plastic floor mats

Our soft, comfy and colourful range of recycled plastic floor mats are made from recycled Polypropylene. This is a plastic polymer found in medicine bottles, tin foil, shopping bags, drink bottles, carpet fibres and many other household and industrial products. It is very slow to degrade in landfill but can be melted down for recycling into other products.

To create these stylish indoor/outdoor floor mats, plastics are melted down to a thick syrupy consistency which is then put into large vats. Colours are mixed into the ‘syrup’, which is then forced through a small pipe (like a piping bag for icing) to form a thick, round weaving material. This is then quickly cooled down so that it will harden and form a strong plastic thread.

This thread is woven onto spools which can be put onto a loom. Our mats are woven together using an electric loom for fast, consistent production. Once the panels have been woven they are trimmed and the ends are stitched with black end tape. For larger mats, panels may be stitched to each other before finishing. A large floor mat takes around 15 minutes to weave once the Polypropylene content is placed on the loom.

Recycled rubber doormats

The recycled material used in our rubber doormats is imported from China. These mats are made from discarded car tyres which do not biodegrade and are a major cause of landfill concern around the world.

Our fairtrade-friendly Chinese factories make these mats and send them to Australia. Here, we have them screen printed locally with our unique, custom designs including contemporary Indigenous art and fun multicultural welcome signs using eco-friendly dyes.

Recycled fabric textile rugs

Our impressive range of textile rugs includes gorgeous Indian cotton chindi rugs and runners, jute floor mats and chic floor coverings made from wool. These exotic fabric rugs make use of discarded materials from clothing and furniture factories across India.

The process is amazing to watch! You can read more about our visit to a chindi rug manufacturer on our blog here. Fabric pieces are woven into long ropes – or ‘chindi’ – then twisted and sewn by hand into our beautiful floor rugs. The great thing about this process is that the ropes can be made by anyone, anywhere, providing flexible, work-at-home opportunities for families.

If you browse our woolen rugs, you’ll see they’re hand-tufted. Jute (or string) rugs are also created by hand then carefully burned to tidy up stray threads. Our expert manufacturers use local techniques and expertise passed down through families to create these charming treasures out of other people’s discarded waste.

Recycled wood summer picnic tables

Even our must-have summer picnic tables are environmentally responsible! The recycled or sustainable wood used in these tables gives them character and contributes to an eco-friendly furniture production industry. They’re in high demand, though, so non-recycled wood is sometimes used if there’s a shortage – but the aim is to include as much recycled product as possible.

Polyester cushion covers

Our fabulous cushion covers are made from 100% polyester. They're easy to care for, machine washable and made in Australia to match the designs of some of our cultural rugs. At this stage, we are not able to use recycled materials for these cushions but we're hoping to change that soon. Stay tuned!  

Packaging

We endeavour to minimise the amount of office and packaging waste wherever possible. Not only do we opt for courier bags made from recycled content but we also supply carry bags for most of our mats that are also manufactured from recycled plastic. Supplying beautiful products doesn’t have to cost the Earth!

If you have any further questions about the ways in which we commission designs, work with recycled materials and produce our mats, cushions and tables – contact us today

Stage 1: Design Process

Step 1: 

Local Indigenous designers/artists/concept creators (see our list of Indigenous artists here) are hired to create designs that can be translated into a mat design or more often than not, we are approached by a community to assist in the creation of community-specific designs that meet their own distinct needs or, to fulfill an artist's desire to have one of their designs on a product that they too can market through their own business or community.

We only work with designers who are from the culture that is specific to each design ie all Aboriginal designs are designed by Aboriginal artists, Torres Strait designs by Torres Strait Island artists and New Zealand Maori designs by Maori artists etc.

We are also a signatory to the Indigenous Art Code and as such are committed to ethical and transparent business dealings with Indigenous artists and abide by the strict standards set out in the Code.

Step 2: 



The design stage of the process can take anywhere from a few days to a few months or longer depending on the designer, the design involved and approval sought from community.

The "Walkabout" mat game designed in conjunction with Uncle Barry Watson took 18 months to complete and was a joint venture between Uncle Barry (concept creator) De Greer Yindimincarlie (graphic artist) and myself, JJ.

Step 3:



Once the design has been signed off by both artist and myself then we proceed to getting a sample mat created in one of our factories in either Australia (our recycled doormats are printed here locally), China or India (our recycled larger play mats are made in SE Asia) to ensure that the concept translates well into an actual mat. To find out "Why we manufacture Offshore" then please click here

Step 4:
Once the sample mat has been produced and approved, the manufacturing process below can begin to bring the mats to market - please note that the process below relates to our recycled playmat range and not the recycled car tyre doormat range as these are manufactured using a different process (in brief the recycled car tyre material is imported from China and then printed locally in Australia using environmentally friendly colours and dyes).
 

Stage 2: Manufacturing Process

Step 1:



Various types of recycled plastic materials (polypropylene) are collected and melted down, then cooled into a pellet form while the moulds for the mats are being created.

Step 2:



The pellets of recycled plastics and polypropylene are then mixed with the colour desired that will become the base mat colour.
 

Step 3:



The pellets and colour are then melted together which will form the coloured liquid of the plastic tube used to weave the mat.

Step 4:



The liquid then gets fed through a tube which pushes through a water pool. This pool cools the hot plastic as it passes through and allows the plastic tube lengths to be formed.
Step 5:



The recycled plastic tubes are checked for colour and thickness and then taken to the machines where they are placed in several slots which will be where the machine plucks the tubes from, to weave the mats.
 
Step 6:



Each mat design has it's own board "Mould" which tells the machine the design and how many colours are to be used in the mat process.
 
Step 7:



Once the mould has been loaded onto the machine then the machine can begin the mat weaving process - this stage can still be highly manual. There is a factory staff member always watching several machines at a time to ensure that each loop is thread into the loom at the correct time and place.
 
Step 8:



Once the mats are woven they go onto a roll of approx 200 mats at a time. They are then taken to the tables where a hot heat iron is used to cut and seal each mat end, and a black seal sewn onto the mat.

Step 9:



Quality control at the factory is done, with a manual look over the mat to ensure that all is in order. They are then packed ready for being uploaded into a container and sent to us for the Australian retail market. 

Stage 3: Distribution
Step 1:



Once the mats have arrived in Tweed Heads at HQ, we open each box and again check for quality control.

 
Step 2:



Once final QC has been completed, the mats are re-packed and sent out to clients across the country (both retail and wholesale) which includes a variety of Indigenous community groups and businesses who then sell the mats to both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people, schools and community groups.
Australia Post is our preferred domestic carrier. We offer a standard 30 day right of return on all our mats. No specific warranty can be given for this product as it depends on how the mat is used and under what conditions. Most schools and childcare centres are enjoying 2-3 years worth of life expectancy from the mats, families are getting much longer than this. We recommend that mats are only cleaned with soapy water and a hose, no harsh chemicals. Extended direct UV sunlight will deteriorate the mat so long-term sun exposure is not recommended and sharp objects are to be kept clear of the mats at all times.

GIRL POWER:



Carly Wallace from NITV, De Greer Yindimincarlie, Wiradjuri Nation designer from Yindi Artz and myself JJ Stranan, Recycled Mats and Global Kids Oz



 Jill from Black Swan Dreaming with designer De Greer Yindimincarlie from Yindi Atrz

Our soft and comfy floor mats come in a wide range of sizes and shapes. Whether you need a new camping mat, an art space for your kindy classroom or a colourful hall runner, we’ve got your floors covered!

But how do you know what’s the right size floor mat for your needs?

Start with the basics

1. Check the product description

Every product description at Recycled Mats includes details about its shape and dimensions. We will tell you whether it’s a large, rectangular mat or a smaller, circular mat, for example, along with some ideas for usage.

2. Measure your space

Grab your tape measure and write down the dimensions of your room. You may even like to sketch a room plan, to give you an idea of how much actual floor space you have that won’t be covered with other furniture. Check out our visual guide to choosing the right size mat below, or download it to print and keep while you're planning your space.  

3. Consider your purpose

Think carefully - what is the purpose of this rug?

For use in a classroom, library, community centre or campsite, you’ll need a recycled mat that fits your available floor space and is lightweight for storage in between uses.  Measure the size of your room, along with any cupboards or car storage options you’ll be using, before choosing the appropriate floor rug.

Guide to choosing right size mat for your room from Recycled Mats

For use in your home or office, there are a few more ‘design rules’ you may like to consider.

Learn the ‘design rules’ for home and office floor rugs  

In these spaces, you’re looking for function and flair. You’re keen to make a style statement, but you don’t want to compromise on comfort, safety or durability.

Interior designers know that well-placed floor coverings can make a room look bigger or more cosy, colourful or elegant, modern or vintage. Choose the right size and position it correctly in your room for maximum visual impact!

Rule 1: Visual impact

At Recycled Mats, we specialise in unique, eye-catching multicultural mats. Our stunning designs are often the focal point of a room, bringing a pop of colour to neutral walls or a global vibe to more eclectic spaces. 

If you want your mat to be a conversation starter, ensure it is not covered by furniture in its new home. Measure your room space and compare it to the dimensions of your preferred mat to make sure your furniture can sit outside the mat’s edges.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a comfortable, practical floor covering to go underneath furniture items, aim to achieve symmetry. Place a coffee table in the centre of the rug, for example, or chairs along the edges of your mat, so that the pattern is not distorted. This will have the added bonus of giving the room a spacious feel, rather than having all furniture squeezed into a corner.

Rule 2: Definition

Use your floor rug to define the spaces in your room and the vibe you’re keen to create. Form an intimate area for conversation by grouping furniture in the centre of a large rug, leaving an equal amount of rug exposed around the edges.

Make a room appear more spacious by choosing a rug that leaves a gap of around 30cm between the edge of the rug and the walls. This leaves plenty of space for arranging furniture without spoiling the visual impact of your mat. If the rug covers the entire floor up to the walls, it stops being a feature item.

Small rugs are ideal for doormats, bedside mats or when used as a set. A small rug in a large room, like a living room or office foyer, will look out of place. It will be lost in the space, rather than defining the qualities you desire.

Hall runners are true to their name - long and rectangular for running along hallway floors. Their compact size makes them versatile; try these as bedside mats, beach mats or wall hangings.

Rule 3: Safety

We don’t often think of floor mats as risky home décor items! But if your rug is in an area with busy foot traffic, you’ll want to make sure it is not a tripping or slipping hazard.

Choose a rug that is large enough to be anchored to the floor by furniture, such as the feet of a couch or a sideboard. In a dining room, aim for a rug large enough to sit under the table and all chairs, even when the chairs are pulled out. This taps into that all-important symmetry, but also prevents curling up the edges of your rug when chairs are moved around.

Similarly, in the office, ensure your mat is not obstructing the movement of desk chairs. It should also be secured to avoid slippage. Use furniture items to pin the edges, or add a rug underlay or double-sided tape.

Keep in mind that some recycled mats or fabric rugs may become indented if positioned under furniture for a long period. In this situation, look for a rug that has a border as part of its design so that furniture can sit along the edges without spoiling the main motif.

Choosing the right size mat ensures your purchase from Recycled Mats lasts longer, suits your lifestyle and becomes a beautiful, vibrant addition to the look of your room.

Need more information about choosing the right size mat? Download our helpful visual size guide or send us a message. We’re happy to help! 

One of the exciting developments this year at Recycled Mats has been adding a selection of gorgeous Indian chindi rugs to our product range. I’m proud of every product I stock, as well as my commitment to ethical manufacturing, so I recently ventured over to India to learn more about the people and processes behind our new floor coverings.

You can read the whole story of the trip on our blog here!

The chindi factory that supplies our mats is owned and run by the Jain family, who welcomed us on a hot Delhi day and drove us some 100kms north to Hariyana. There, we saw exactly how and where our chindi rugs are made.

The production process begins with around 1000 local families, who hand plait cotton and denim rags (called ‘chindi’) or string (jute) into long ropes. Some of these people use this as their main income, whereas others do it in their spare time to make a little extra family money. At the end of the day, families gather up their plaits and take them to a room in the village where they are weighed. They can work as much, or as little, as they choose.

As we walked around Hariyana we saw adults of all ages ( definitely in no way is there any child or youth labour going on here - I would drop production in a heart beat if I ever found out of any of my manufacturers exploited anyone - even the family pet!) plaiting, wherever and whenever it suited them. This flexibility means more parents can be at home with their children and save money on transport costs, which can make a world of difference in a busy family.

When the chindi ropes reach the workshops, another team sews the plaits together and works by hand to weave our beautiful chindi rugs. Stray pieces of rope or fabric are clipped away. Workers will then use an air blower to remove any dust from chindi rugs. When it comes to jute rugs, this process is actually done with fire! It was fascinating to see this process first-hand. 

The last step is for the rugs to be taken to the packing house where final inspection of each and every rug is made under the watchful eye of Senior Jain. All rugs are then rolled or folded, tagged and packed ready to board a ship bound for Australia.

I was thrilled to meet some of the people who are benefiting from the extra family income they gather from making chindi ropes. The workshop runs 6 days per week and all families live nearby, which means they have a short commute to work and pop home for lunch.

It is an honour to visit places around the world where our rugs are made, knowing that the work we provide allows families the kid of work life balance we all strive for here in Australia! I am planning another trip to meet more of the team in India early in 2017 and looking forward to seeing what other opportunities that we can explore together.

Are our Indian rugs ethically made? Yes! And they're beautiful too. Browse our range of colourful chindi rugs here and order online today for fast delivery!

Looking after a traditional carpet or mat can be a gargantuan ( that means "massive" for people like me :) ) effort – they can’t withstand the wear and tear of a household with li’l ones and most importantly, they do not contribute in our global quest for a cleaner, safer environment.

Spills leave a perpetual stain, fibers may sometimes cause allergies and cleaning can become a chore. Sometimes, you just want to stash it in the storeroom and put it out of its misery.

BUT, it’s time for you to take a break and get introduced to a whole new range of floor mats that will leave you and your feet feeling relaxed and good – contemporary Siapo & recycled rubber outdoor and floor mats.

Siapo is a fine tissue like cloth made from the bark of the mulberry tree and is a symbol of many cultures in the South Pacific. Many South Pacific homes used these mats, but their tendency to crumble when wet led to them going out of use. We bring you the essence of Siapo made more versatile through the use of recycled materials (plastic bags, inners of cereal packets etc).

Our contemporary Siapo and recycled rubber floor mats are completely child friendly and resistant to spills and stains.

A quick wash with soapy water and short time on a washing line or fence will have them as clean and as good as new again. The beauty of these outdoor rubber mats is that they retain the original siapo mat design of a grid of squares containing a geometrical pattern, which reflects the cultural environment in which the mat was made – in this case Polynesia, New Zealand and Australia.

These floor mats, which come in contemporary Maori, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island, Melanesian and Pacific Island designs, are made by the Indigenous people of New Zealand/Polynesia and Australia, with deep rooted links to both the Maori, Samoan, Tonga and Indigenous Australian cultures. With intricate detailing in design, these floor mats not only score high in the visual quotient, but also are reversible in design and can thus be placed on alternate sides as per your choice.

They are lightweight, tough and resilient as well, making it an excellent choice for play schools, camps, homes, stalls or any place with kids and adults too for that fact!

So even as your kids go on a fun spree around the house or child care centre, you don’t have to mentally groan about cleaning the floor mats! To order this revolutionary pièce de résistance www.recycledmats.com.au

Ethical & transparent manufacturing processes

We Create Ethical, Recycled Mats – So Why Do We Manufacture In China? 

Our recycled mats are designed by Australian Indigenous, New Zealand Maori and Pacific Islands artists. We are committed to using authentic designs that reflect community stories and values. We are also committed to the use of recycled materials, which is important for the planet. With these strong values as part of our mission to create ethical mats, we are sometimes asked why we manufacture our products overseas?

Keeping our ethical mats affordable, without compromising quality

There are several reasons why manufacturing our recycled mats in China makes sense.

1. Better quality control

Manufacturing in China is a huge, competitive industry, which means we – as clients – can demand the highest standards of quality in the creation of our products. We build friendly, mutually-beneficial relationships with the Chinese factories that make our recycled mats, ensuring they adhere to our stipulated guidelines on ethical labour practices and efficient production that doesn’t compromise on attention to detail. 

2. Greater speed and efficiency

China is our choice for manufacturing our plastic mats range because their experience producing large volumes of products ensures we can meet customer demand in a timely fashion. Some of the world’s biggest brands use Chinese factories for manufacturing, which means that large orders, strict deadlines, fast turnaround and priority shipping come as standard. Even our most complex orders can be produced on schedule at a consistent quality, which means we provide a better service to our clients.

3. Cutting edge textile technologies

China is the world’s manufacturing hub, which puts them at the cutting edge when it comes to textile and design technologies. Why ‘reinvent the wheel’ or try to purchase extremely expensive printing tools if we can pay the experts, who already use this equipment every day, to bring our local designs to life? We would rather ensure more of our profits stay local, allowing us to offer employment and fair payment to our artists and be able to donate mats to a variety of support services.

4. Cost benefits

We won’t deny it – it is cheaper to manufacture in China than Australia. But rest assured that we do not support ‘cheap and nasty’ manufacturing. We pay a higher than average rate for our production to ensure we use good factories that make high quality products.

We also only use premises that are certified for safe work practices and child free labour. We couldn’t sleep at night if we knew children were making our popular childcare mats! In fact, there are many countries where it would be even cheaper to produce our mats, but we could not guarantee the same ethical standards so we will never use them. 

Once again, the savings we make from offshore manufacturing are passed on to the local artists through renumeration packages who design our Maori and Aboriginal mats, as well as their communities through donations of mats each year to a variety of support agencies nationwide.

Affordable pricing also means our products won’t break the budget of schools, daycare centres and other businesses who choose our recycled mats to help them celebrate cultural diversity, which is crucial to our mission. 

<>Rest assured that our beautiful, unique recycled mats are also ethical mats. Browse our range of superior quality indoor / outdoor mats and order online today.

At Recycled Mats, we talk a lot about making ‘ethical mats’ but we understand that might mean different things to different people. We consider our mats to be ethically made and produced because:

  • They are made from repurposed materials, like car tyres and drink bottles, as well as non-toxic dyes. They are also easy to clean and maintain, which means fewer chemical cleaning products going down the drain. 
  • We use authentic designs created by artists across Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and the Pacific Islands – and we pay our artists fairly for their work.
  • We support our artists who, in turn, support their communities. We also donate recycled mats to non-profit organisations.
  • We manufacture some of our products locally and others overseas. We have personally visited our factories in China and India and we’re confident they support fair trade practices.  

If you’d like to know more about who designs our mats or who benefits from our production methods, you can read more on our blog here.

Are Recycled Mats ethical mats? Yes! If you have any further questions about the ways in which we commission designs, work with recycled materials and produce our mats, cushions and tables – contact us today 

Stockists

If you are looking to purchase our rugs or mats for resale, please visit our dedicated wholesale information page.