10 September 2018
10 September 2018
At Recycled Mats, our team is united in the understanding that we must walk our talk in all aspects of our lives, both professional and personal. It’s vital to our core message.
Recycling discarded or unwanted plastic into brand new recycled products is not the only thing we do to play our part in helping the planet and slow down climate change.
The Reduce, Reuse, Recycle motto is the shared philosophy of all our team members at Recycled Mats, and each one of us consciously and actively participates in the quest to protect Mother Nature.
We do so with the long view in mind, as we want to play our part in preserving and honouring the beauty of our earth for our children and grandchildren.
We also take care to monitor our use of non-renewable resources, and redirect our unwanted items to people and places that want and need them.
Here is a list of the things we do collectively, and individually, to make a difference on a daily basis.
We installed Solar Panels at the Warehouse/Office in July 2018 and are proud to have installed Solar Panels at our old warehouse way back in 2015. The electricity used to power the warehouse is also green-subsidised by choice through our power company.
Some of our team members have solar panels on their homes too.
We installed roof insulation to reduce heating and cooling needs, and reduce the need for air conditioning units
We also turn off the lights, computers and electrical appliances when they are not in use, switch them to standby when we leave the room and use natural light where we can.
We had a workplace "Green Audit" check completed on our previous premises to ensure that we are making every possible power-saving we can, and we'll do that here soon too.
Our workplace kitchen is full of china cups, pottery mugs, and glass tumblers. Staff and guests use these cups daily for that all-important morning coffee, and throughout the day for drinking water.
Staff also bring their own reusable water bottles and fill them at our filtered water station.
We switched to recycled plastic and polyestere carry bags for mats & rugs. We made the change to recycled plastic mailer bags for the smaller items we sell.
Wherever possible, we invite our customers to click-and-collect too, reducing the need for packaging, while also lessening the carbon footprint of posting it.
We action cardboard recycling en masse with a collection once or twice a month to be taken for shredding and re-purposing.
In 2019 we switched to packaging that is not only recyclable but comprised of recycled materials. Our corrugated cardboard is made from recycled paper and card, and our green PET strapping (used to secure pallets and large parcels) is made from 100% recycled plastic pieces, joined using metal seals rather than throw away plastic ones!
The cupboards are full of A4 recycled copy paper, but we’ve also shifted our mindset and now only print what is absolutely necessary.
We also regularly do a “fling out” where we clear out our old unnecessary files, shred it, and get it back into circulation via office paper recycling.
Cardboard boxes are taken to our local recycling centre, and we direct 90% of our other waste on-site to either our green composting or yellow recycling bins.
We recycle our bubble wrap, our glass bottles, and our aluminium cans too. We also recycle all of the strapping that comes off any stock delivery from overseas.
and an IMPORTANT 2021 UPDATE....drum roll please!! We are currently looking at a system by which our customers can return their old recycled plastic mats to us, and we'll repurpose them in-house to create new and practical household items, thereby recycling an already recycled plastic item....how cool is that?!! We're super excited about this so please watch this space for updates on the how, when, and where.
Plus we've recently (Feb 2021) switched from polyester to recycled polyester for all of our Australian-made cushion covers too!
Prior to Mar 2020, JJ and other team members flew interstate or overseas to meet new suppliers, check on product quality, source new products, touch base with our Indigenous artists, and visit our community of rug artisans & craftspeople, and their families.
While we've always tried to minimise our flights and combine tasks and activities so we could make one visit instead of two, carbon offsetting our flights helped us to minimise our impact that little bit more.
When required, some staff members work from home. This reduces fuel consumption and also limits traffic on the road.
We bought our car with fuel economy in mind.
We encourage our customers to think of new and innovative ways to fill their cushions, pods, and beanbags.
Alternatives to foam or beans include upcycling clean clothes that no longer fit, and repurposing old linen, blankets or soft toys that have been sitting unused in cupboards to be used for stuffing.
These clever alternatives save our customers money too.
Yes. Even our bathroom features recycled eco-friendly products. The tissues, the paper towel, and even the loo paper are purchased with the minimal impact ethos in mind.
We encourage our team to research the reasons to recycle. That, along with seeing the benefits of recycling in action at work is usually enough impetus for action at work, and equally as important, in our homes and personal lives.
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We car-pool where we can. We walk or bike instead of using the car when possible. We catch public transport. We combine trips and our errands and don’t drive unnecessarily.
Our team members also care for their cars responsibly, with regular car services, oil changes, wheel alignments, and tyre rotations. Keeping the car up to scratch means cars last longer and drive cleaner. Every little bit helps.
It’s as simple as that.
As a team, we love what we do – we all adore working for a company that reimagines waste and turns it into a stylish, everyday product for home and living.
We are proud that many of these recycled products are designed by local Indigenous Artists. Recycled Mats plays an active role in sharing culture, bridging communities, and closing the divide.
Stretching the ethos of sustainability outwards to our homes and families is our mission, and we will not rest on our laurels. There are always more things to tweak, and other practices to embed.
If you have suggestions on other helpful ways that you believe Recycled Mats can use to reduce our impact on our fragile environment, please feel free to email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
We'd love to hear and share your good ideas too.