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Visit the product description page for your favourite Recycled Mats product.
Scroll down to the tabs below the product photos. You will see ‘Description’, ‘Specifications’ and ‘Reviews’. Click on 'Reviews'.
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.
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Here at Recycled Mats we endeavour to keep the cost of shipping affordable for all of our customers across Australia so we therefore charge a flat rate dependent upon your location/post code per order. The only EXCEPTION to this is orders that are sent with couriers due to the size of the parcels - this particularly applies to our range of beach umbrellas but may apply to others. You can calculate your shipping charge at checkout prior to making payment.
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 and take a photo as proof of where the parcel was left. If there is no safe place, then they will leave a card in the letterbox and take the parcel to the closest Post Office for you to collect and sign for. Please ensure you collect your parcel within 5 business days. Failure to do so may result in your parcel being returned to us and incurring both return and re-shipping fees, payable by you.
At Recycled Mats, we have a 30 Day Returns policy for “Change of Mind”, together with a 6 Month Manufacturers’ warranty.
Any request for a replacement, refund or store credit must be made within 30 days of receiving your order. You MUST advise us of your request PRIOR to sending an item back.
Please check your goods upon arrival to ensure that there was no damage en route to you or any issues that require our attention or service. If so, you must advise us within 30 days of receiving your item.
CHANGE OF MIND RETURNS
You will be responsible for the cost and risk of returning goods, including the 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.
Please note that product colours can show differently on different electronic devices. A return based on a colour differentiation will be classified a Change of Mind return.
Please check your goods upon arrival to ensure that there was no damage en route to you or any issues that require our attention or service. If so, you must advise us within 30 days of receiving your item.
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 email@example.com so that we can advise.
Also note that due to the nature of our manufacturing process, our mats may be +\- 5% in size from that advertised.
If an item has been agreed to be returned to us:
Recycled Mats will not accept a change of mind return (nor offer a refund) or exchange on any SALE items or purchases made using a discount voucher, coupon or code, nor on any items that have been customized by the addition of eyelets unless it is clear that the item is faulty.
Recycled Mats provides a warranty ensuring that our products are free from defects in construction or materials for a period of 6 months from the date of purchase, whether acquired directly from us or through one of our authorized stockists.
If a defect or fault becomes apparent within the warranty period, please refer to our guidelines on "HOW TO REPORT AN ISSUE/ FAULT/ DAMAGED ITEM" for further instructions.
Decisions regarding the replacement, repair, or refund of a product covered by this warranty will be made solely at the discretion of Recycled Mats.
Exemptions to this warranty include:
This warranty is only valid for the original purchaser and is not transferable. Proof of purchase may be required.
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)
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 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.
If Recycled Mats have made the mistake then we will cover ALL costs to get the package resent to you promptly.
*Please note that Global Kids Oz trades as Recycled Mats so please ensure that all payments are made out to Global Kids Oz
Payment for invoiced orders 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 these requirements.
Global Kids Oz - Trading as Recycled Mats - has a strict 14 day credit term policy and will provide 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.
We only pass on the direct costs of processing and shipping your order; we do not intend to profit from shipping items to you. While we have implemented shipping technology to control costs, with the cost of fuel, all couriers have added surcharges to cover this cost, and our articles aren't physically heavy due to their cubic dimensions; our items are charged based on cubic weight, which incurs higher charges than dead weight charges would cost.
In general, charging for shipping means we can offer you.
1. Fast Shipping - 99.8% of the time, items are dispatched the same day and delivered within three business days, remote locations excluded (average 5-7 business days)
2. Carbon neutral delivery - All our logistics partners1 are net carbon primarily neutral through carbon offsets; however, with an ambitious target to become zero emission shortly through several initiatives such as increased use of electric, hydrogen, or low emissions vehicles, reducing power consumption/use of renewables. We, as a company, offset the carbon generated through our other logistics activities, such as products shipped to our warehouse from our suppliers and through the Green KPI, reducing our carbon footprint.
3. Sustainable packaging - Any plastics used are made from recycled materials. Our shipping mailers are compostable and corrugated cardboards are fully recyclable. Corrugated cardboards are a more sustainable option when compared to bubble wrap or airbag packages, which are harder to recycle or, in some cases, go straight to landfill.
4. Sustainability through Green KPI - We are working towards greater sustainability through Green KPI - which increases our shipping costs.
1Logistics partner sustainability:
A) Shippit - net carbon neutral pledge - https://www.shippit.com/shipping-and-delivery/carbon-neutral/
B) AusPost sustainability drive https://auspost.com.au/about-us/corporate-responsibility/our-environment/carbon-neutral-parcel-delivery
C) CouriersPlease sustainability guidelines https://lowcarboneconomy.com.au/listing/couriersplease/
D) Aramex environmental statement - https://www.aramex.com.au/why-aramex/sustainability/
E) Toll Environment policy - https://www.tollgroup.com/about/sustainability/environment
Recycled Mats Price Guarantee
We like to keep our prices as competitive as we can, on occasion we are able to offer reduced prices on ncertain lines or certain periods. If this happens, and you just bought the same item at a higher price - you might be a little dissapointed and we get that!
Thats why we offer a 7 DAY PRICE GUARANTEE. If the price goes down on the exact same item and colour and you contact us via email on firstname.lastname@example.org within 7 days, we'll refund the difference in the form of a gift voucher redeemable within 3 years on our website. So if you order on Saturday, just reach out to us before the following Saturday ( within 7 days ) with details of your purchase and the item in question and we will get you sorted.
Please note that guarantee does not apply in the case of storerwide, category-wide or brand-wide promotions ( eg 5% off all yoga equipment and gear, or 5% off all Recycled Mats website). Guarantee does not apply to EBAY, CATCH, EC&C or any other third party website and only applies to in-stock items ONLY
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 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 almost 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 or after a camping trip, the fold lines will remain.
When it comes to cleaning, your plastic polypropylene indoor/outdoor mats can be shaken off or swept for dust and dirt. For heavier soiling, take your mat outside and rinse with a hose. We do not recommend using abrasive or chemical cleaning products. Check out our blog post for a little more info if needed!
If food or dirt is wedged into the woven fabric of the mats, use warm water and a soft broom to lightly brush 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.
Our ethical, recycled mats are sturdy and hard-wearing but like any floor covering, they can get damaged by rough daily use .... and over-zealous pets! Also beware of rodents and roos, both of which have been known to chew holes in a mat.
We suggest that you do not keep heavy items on your mats, especially when in storage, as this may leave permanent dents.
If using your indoor/outdoor mat with furniture, please ensure that the feet of the chairs and tables are large enough to not dig into the weave, and be particularly mindful of weight distribution, esp on chairs. Also refrain from dragging furniture across the mats as this can cause irreparable damage. It's useful to note that if your mat is placed on soft, wet or uneven ground, it is much more prone to indents and damage from furniture, particularly chair feet.
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 underlay 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.
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, denim and wool. These charming rugs are more delicate than their tougher plastic mat cousins and are designed for indoor use only.
Light vacuuming or spot-cleaning is the best approach when caring for these rugs. If you’re using soap or detergent, 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, recycled polyester or 100% organic cotton.
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.
We have three different options for yoga mats to choose from, so there’s one suitable for everyone.
All of our yoga mats are made from natural tree rubber as the main component. Water-based ink is used in the printing process of these mats.
These mats are comprised of a naturally sourced tree rubber base* with a micro-fibre suede top (made from recycled plastic bottles) which ensures extra grip for heated Bikram and Yin yoga sessions. With these mats, in particular, we recommend that at the beginning of your practice, you lightly spray water on the top surface of the mat to prevent any sliding.
*Please note that the rubber may have a 1-2% latex content.
These mats are made of a high-quality cork top lining on a natural rubber base*. Cork is a material that's safe to use, environmentally friendly, and lightweight. With its unique antimicrobial properties, these cork yoga mats are ideal for sweaty hot yoga and Bikram.
*Please note that the rubber may have a 1-2% latex content.
Free from heavy metals, phthalates, dioxins and phenol, the rubber* used in this style of mat is not only eco-friendly but a wise choice for those with allergies and sensitivities. Combined with highly renewable hemp, this mat boasts both anti-bacterial and mould resistant properties.
*Please note that the rubber may have a 1-2% latex content.
Clean mat by mixing approx 1 cup water with 1 tbsp white vinegar and a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Dampen a cloth or lightly spray this mix over the mat and wipe dry. Make sure you let the mat dry completely before you roll it back up.
Do not use harsh chemicals on your mat as this can cause damage and discolouration.
Use and storage: Please remember that the best way to ‘break-in’ a new mat is to use it. It’s quite normal for brand new mats to need to be broken in before they develop that grippy surface. Simply cleaning your mat will also help to break down the thin film that your mat arrives with. Our yoga mats are suitable for indoor/outdoor use but prolonged exposure to the sun may result in fading. If you are not 100% happy with your purchase, we offer a standard 30 day right of return, please see here.
At Recycled Mats we stock a range of deluxe, environmentally-responsible products 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 more than 25,000kg of discarded materials each year in the production of our mats, rugs and household items! This includes plastics (polypropylene and PET), rubber from car tyres plus cotton and polyester from fabric off-cuts. Every ‘scrap’ we can save and reuse means less waste going to landfill.
Another great thing about using recycled plastics and rubber is that it makes our floor and door mats super easy to clean. You can put away all the abrasive, toxic chemical cleaning products you’d normally need for a playmat or camping rug!
Our soft, comfy and colourful range of recycled plastic floor mats is 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's 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.
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 using eco-friendly dyes.
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 some of 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 generations to create these charming treasures out of other people’s discarded waste.
Even our must-have 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 and sustainable product as possible.
Our fabulous cushion covers are made from varying materials (depending on the design) including polyester, recycled polyester & organic cotton. They're easy to care for, machine washable and will bring both colour and style to any space.
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 manufactured from either recycled plastic or recycled polyester. 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 other items, please contact us today
Stage 1: Design Process
For some of our products, we collaborate with local Indigenous artists to create designs that can be translated into a mat design or other product. Each design is a genuine Indigenous artwork for which the artist is fairly remunerated.
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, Tiwi Island designs by Tiwi Island artists and New Zealand Maori designs by Maori artists.
Most of our other products are designed in-house by a talented team of graphic artists.
When 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 plastic mat range and not the recycled doormat range. 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.
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 plus we include images of the mat or rug in use which should help you gauge its size.
2. Measure your space
Grab your tape measure and write down the dimensions of your room or outdoor space. 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 mat?
For use in a classroom, library, community centre or campsite, you’ll need a recycled mat or rug that fits your available floor space and is suited to its end purpose. If you'll be moving it regularly between uses, also consider the size and weight of the item. Measure the size of your space along with any cupboards or car storage options you’ll be using before choosing the appropriate floor rug. You can see the folded dimensions and weight of each item by clicking on the Specifications tab under its images on the website.
For use in your home or office, there are a few more ‘design rules’ you might 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's not completely 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 mostly sit outside the mat’s edges.
On the other hand, if you're 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 and can "overwhelm" the space.
Small rugs are ideal for use as doormats, bedside mats or when used in 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 it.
Hall runners are true to their name - long and rectangular for running along hallway floors. Their compact size makes them truly versatile; try these as bedside mats, in front of the sink or as 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's 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 rug 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. Also take care that the dragging of chairs across a mat or rug, doesn't cause damage to the weave.
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.
Several years ago, Recycled Mats added a selection of gorgeous Indian chindi rugs to the product range. Being proud of every product we stock, as well as our commitment to ethical manufacturing, JJ ventured over to India to learn more about the people and the processes behind these vibrant floor coverings.
You can read JJ's full account of the trip on our blog here with excerpts below:
The chindi factory that supplies our rugs 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 plaiting (definitely no child or youth labour going on here. I would drop production in a heart beat if I ever found out any of my manufacturers exploited anyone, even the family pet!) 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 can pop home for lunch.
It is an honour to visit places around the world where our rugs and mats are made, knowing that the work we provide allows families the kind of work life balance that we all strive for here in Australia!
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 take some effort – they often can’t withstand the wear and tear of a household with little ones and most importantly, they do not contribute to our global quest for a cleaner, safer environment.
Spills can 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 at ease.
Our recycled plastic floor mats are completely child friendly and resistant to spills and stains!
A quick sweep or wash with soapy water and short time on a washing line or fence will have them clean and as good as new again.
In both contemporary and cultural designs - Aboriginal, Maori and Tiwi Island - they're designed either inhouse by our clever Creative team or by one of the select Indigenous artists with whom we're hounoured to work. With intricate detailing in design, these floor mats not only score high in the visual quotient, but are also reversible and can therefore be placed on alternate sides to suit your mood or space.
They're not just stylish but lightweight, tough and resilient, making them an excellent choice for schools, camp sites, homes, market stalls and any outdoor event.
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 afterwards! To order this revolutionary pièce de résistance, go no further than www.recycledmats.com.au
We Create Ethical, Recycled Mats – So Why Do We Manufacture In China?
Some of our recycled mats are designed by Indigenous artists and we're 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 environmentally ethical mats, we're sometimes asked why we manufacture our products overseas?
Keeping our ethical mats affordable, without compromising on quality
There are several reasons why manufacturing our recycled mats in China (or India) makes sense.
1. Better quality control
Manufacturing in China and India is a substantial and very competitive industry, meaning we – as clients – can demand the highest standards of quality in the creation of our products. We build friendly, mutually-beneficial relationships with the overseas factories that make our recycled mats, ensuring they adhere to our stipulated guidelines on ethical labour practices and efficient production that don’t compromise on attention to detail.
2. Greater speed and efficiency
China (and more recently India) is our choice for manufacturing our plastic mats range because their experience in producing large volumes of product ensures we can meet customer demand in a timely fashion. Some of the world’s biggest brands use Chinese and Indian factories for manufacturing which means that large orders, strict deadlines, fast turnaround and priority shipping come as standard. Lockdowns aside, even our most complex orders can usually be produced on schedule at a consistent quality which means we can, in turn, provide a better service to our clients.
3. Cutting edge textile technologies
China and India are the world’s largest manufacturing hubs 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 staff plus 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 and India than in Australia. But rest assured, 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 refuse to explore those options.
Once again, the savings we make from offshore manufacturing are passed on to the local artists through remuneration 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, many of which choose our recycled mats to help them celebrate cultural diversity - something that 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:
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 numerous blog posts 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