Karina & Sam Seljak
We are two sisters who imagine a world without waste. We're finding new ways of making and using beautiful things that are regenerative by design.
Seljak Brand launched in March 2016 and has since worked towards accelerating the transition towards a more circular economy. Our closed loop blankets are made from recycled merino wool offcuts from the factory floor of Australia’s oldest mill in Tasmania.
The blankets are 70% recycled Australian merino wool and a 30% blend of recycled alpaca, mohair and polyester for strength. Wool is a natural fibre that is incredibly hard to replicate - it’s a renewable resource, it is odour and stain resistant, antibacterial, lightweight, breathable and insulating.
After the blanket has enjoyed a long, adventurous life – they're cosy enough for indoors and durable enough for outdoors – we’ll collect it free of charge using Sendle, a carbon neutral courier service. Back at the mill, we’ll shred it and spin it into new yarn to make future blankets.
This circular model allows us to divert waste from landfill and create a luxurious and useful blanket for your cosiness. Check out how our blankets are made.
We've diverted 2,200kg of textiles waste from landfill
We’ve donated 160 blankets to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne
Numerous Australians have been exposed to closed loop business practices thanks to the press we've received
We've crowdfunded $32,000 to help fund the research and development of using other businesses' textile waste to make more blankets – you can check out our progress with local Sydney label Citizen Wolf’s offcuts here.
We’ve been awarded $15,000 in funding from Macquarie Group to continue development of textiles waste to resource products.
For every ten blankets sold, Seljak Brand donates one to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) in Victoria where asylum seekers are made to feel welcome, safe and supported. Providing job training, access to health services and legal advice, as well as food and household goods (and warm blankets!), ASRC offers the support and opportunities asylum seekers need to live independently. Our grandparents were refugees from Slovenia and we want to support asylum seekers making a new home in Australia.