This stunning recycled plastic mat is by our beloved local artist, Christine Slabb of the Bundjalung people
Inspired by Joongarrabah - a peak that overlooks the Tweed and Gold Coast Region - this iconic landmark is a vital part of the local cultural landscape. For many generations, this special place has been significant in the teaching of “Garrima” or 'respect'.
2018 Commonwealth Games Design
In collaboration with Recycled Mats, this mat design was part of a specially commissioned series for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018. It celebrates the coming together of nations from across the globe to partake in sport, culture, art and entertainment.
The 'Garrima' design was also created to promote the beauty, culture and traditions of the local Indigenous people of the Gold Coast.
The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 team was instrumental in their work to highlight Indigenous culture across the entire competition, with Aboriginal art and design featured on uniforms, on the Games Mascot Borobi, on the flags, posters and signage, and the interior design of the Commonwealth Games 2018 Festivals & Events spaces. There was so much to be marvelled at, that we had the best time putting together this blog post for you!
We are honoured to have played a part in this process and are thrilled that our collaborations with local artists had the opportunity to be highlighted in such a public space.
Our eye-catching 'Garrima' recycled plastic mats were featured in the "Jarjum" (meaning, "All our children") Learning & Play Space at the Commonwealth Games, and also in the VIP Green Room.
Reversible Plastic Mats
As with most of our outdoor mats, 'Garrima' is reversible which means you've got two choices on how to display your mat for picnics, camping & caravan holidays and days on the beach. Effectively two mats for the price of one! They are super lightweight and easy to store too. Check out our video on how to fold a round recycled plastic mat!
Suited to the home, work or school environment, our Aboriginal mats inspire conversations about Australia's rich cultural heritage providing the perfect opportunity to teach and learn the value of respect for others. Please click here for an interesting read about teaching Aboriginal culture in schools.
We're now exploring how we can 're-recycle' your unwanted mats! Our exciting initiative for re-purposing and re-using them is a must-read.
Name of Design
garrima mat 3m
Origin of Design
Aboriginal Australian, 10% paid to artist
Green Blue White
Fabric / Materials
Recycled plastic, comes in a recycled and reusable carry bag
These mats are reversible. Photos show both sides of the same mat. Mat colours may differ slightly from the images shown due to the different inks used in individual print runs. Designed in Australia, manufactured in China or India. NOTE that sizes are +/- 5% due to weaving techniques in manufacturing and may not to be 100% as stated. If using on a slippery surface, non slip mesh recommended underneath.
All our floor mats have been made to the best attainable standards from UV treated recycled polypropylene. Follow our guide to mat maintenance for cleaning and storage instructions. Our floor mats and playmats are suitable for indoor and outdoor use, but extensive exposure to sun or rain will lead to fading and deterioration over time.
Not suitable for children under 3 years
- Aqua coloured playmat for calm spaces in preschool and kindergarten
- Home corner, block play, indoor activities in preschools and childcare
- Circle time mat for songs, games and transitions
- Use it for school excursions and outings via bus
- Water based sporting occasions - diving, swimming, boats
- Pack it with you for days out on the boat
- Pop it in the boot for Sunday drives
- Picnics, food truck festivals, live music
- Style up your patios, verandahs, and decks
- The cutest camping mats you'll ever see
- Not designed for permanent, long term sun exposure as this may cause premature deterioration