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Black Cockatoo Initiative

Here at Recycled Mats, we take pride in our ongoing commitment to "Caring for Country". Our range of outdoor mats is not only made from recycled plastic and therefore kind to the environment, we also donate proceeds from sales to various charities around Australia.

In an effort to regenerate and support land for local wildlife, and with your help, we've already undertaken a successful program to donate hundreds of native trees to be planted across Australia. We're now going to add to this initiative by raising funds for the Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre in WA...and you can join us!

With every sale of a Cockatoo Crackle mat, we pledge to donate 10% of the proceeds to this inspiring project. Each time a tally of $1000 is reached, we'll be contacting KBCCC to work with them on their release program. More information can be found at this link.

https://blackcockatoorecovery.com/get-involved/sponsorship-opportunities/

Cockatoo Crackle mats are due in stock mid-late October 2021

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PreOrder (ETA 31 Oct)

COCKATOO CRACKLE Mat

Recycled Plastic, Cool Greys & Smoke

$273.95

7% OFF RRP $293.95

2.4x5m
COCKATOO CRACKLE Mat image
PreOrder (ETA 31 Oct)

COCKATOO CRACKLE Mat

Recycled Plastic, Mustard & Smoke

$273.95

7% OFF RRP $293.95

2.4x5m

What sets our mats apart

Not only is Recycled Mats an Australian owned and operated business, we’re also Australia’s leading retailer of recycled plastic outdoor mats of both contemporary and Aboriginal designs. And we’ve been doing this for a while. What started out in 2009 as a small side business driven by the passions of just one person - read more here - Recycled Mats has evolved to a staff of 10 with a mat range of almost 200 items!

Our popular recycled outdoor mats are waterproof, hypo-allergenic and mould resistant, plus they’re UV treated to resist colour fading and an absolute cinch to keep clean. Their tight weave serves as a barrier against stones, itchy grass and insects while still allowing the circulation of air, preserving the ground underneath…so campground friendly too!

The larger annexe mats come with eyelets for tie-down purposes but they're also an option on all other mats, as are umbrella eyelets for those days when sun protection is called for. If you're planning to use your mat on a smooth floor like polished concrete or vinyl, it can be held in place by either anchoring it down with furniture, using a non-slip underlay or securing it with a strong, clear adhesive like Nano tape. 

Featuring a large selection of modern and cultural designs, you now have the perfect way to introduce comfort, colour and style to your outdoor set-up whether you're at home, in the outback or on the beach. And our recycled mats come in a variety of colour combinations, sizes and shapes so we truly have something for every space and everyone, kids included!

Together with our recycled mats, we’re also proud to stock outdoor folding picnic tables, cushions covers, sand-free towels, picnic blankets, yoga mats and other camping accessories, all of which are either comprised of recycled materials or eco-friendly in their manufacture and use.

How our mats are made

Our soft and colourful range of recycled plastic floor mats are made from repurposed polypropylene. This is a plastic polymer found in medicine bottles, 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 syrup in large vats. Colours are mixed into the syrup which is 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 hardens and forms a strong hollow 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 stitched with black edging tape. For larger mats, the panels are stitched to each other before finishing. A large floor mat takes approx 15 minutes to weave once the polypropylene content is placed onto the loom.

How to care for your mat

Your recycled plastic mat will arrive folded for ease of transport so when you receive your mat, it will have fold marks. These folds will usually drop out within a few weeks and warm 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 or hang it over your washing line or fence.

Keep in mind that whilst a short time in the sun is not harmful, extensive exposure to the elements 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.

When it comes to cleaning, your recycled plastic mat can be shaken off or vacuumed for dust and dirt. For heavier soiling, you can simply hose it down, brushing with a soft broom. We do not recommend abrasive or chemical cleaning products nor a high-pressure hose. For more info, please check out our blog post here.

Authentic Indigenous Designs

All of our Aboriginal Mats are authentically designed by Indigenous artists. This is beautifully depicted in each Aboriginal mat you purchase from us – it tells a story. A story about the artist, their culture, and the inspiration they find in their everyday life. By working directly with our artists, we ensure that they are not only fairly compensated financially, but also highly respected and valued for their work. Please read more at this blog post here 

Who Else Loves Our Mats

At Recycled Mats, we are very proud of the products we create. Every one of our recycled rugs is not only stylish but super soft to sit, walk or lie on. We sell a large range of practical educational mats and accessories that not only look good, they also do good, thanks to our commitment to fairtrade work practices, ethical manufacturing, and the use of recycled and eco-friendly materials. 

But don't take our word for it! Some of Australia's most respected and high-profile businesses, community groups and personalities agree including:

ABC Playschool, Save The Children, The Australian Museum, QPAC, Sydney Olympic Park, Woman's Day magazine, Channel 7, Channel 9, Dept of Education and Training Australia, Brisbane City Council,  Brisbane Broncos, Taronga Zoo, El Questro, World Vision....to name just a few!