What materials are your environmentally-responsible products made from?
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! Click here for more information about cleaning and caring for your recycled mats.
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 locations. It is very slow to degrade in landfill, but can be melted down for recycling into other products.
The stylish plastic playmats and beach mats you’ll see on our site, with Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island, South Pacific, Maori and Malaysian designs, are Polypropylene mats. To create these indoor/outdoor floor mats, plastics are melted down to a thick syrupy consistency 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 weave. This weave is then quickly cooled down so that it will harden and form a strong plastic thread.
This thread is woven onto spools and can then 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 door mats
The recycled materials used in our rubber door mats 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.
Recycled fabric textile rugs
Our impressive range of textile rugs includes gorgeous Indian chindi rugs and runners, jute floor mats and chic décor mats made from wool. These exotic fabric mats 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 woollen rugs, you’ll see they’re hand-tuffed. Jute (or string) rugs are also created by hand then 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 trash.
Recycled wood summer picnic tables
Even our must-have summer picnic tables are environmentally-responsible! The recycled wood used in these tables gives them character and contributes to a sustainable 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 early in 2017. Stay tuned!