Sam and Karina Seljak are two sisters who imagine a world without waste. They are finding new ways of making and using beautiful things that are regenerative by design.
Together they launched the Seljak Brand in March 2016 and have since worked towards accelerating the transition towards a more circular economy. They work with a range of suppliers in Australia and Europe to weave recycled wool blankets that are recyclable at the end of their useful life.
The award-winning blankets are made from factory floor offcuts, deadstock yarn, or post-consumer textiles waste like old woollen jumpers. Recycling wool is important because it’s too precious to throw in the bin. 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.
For every blanket sold, we donate to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) – an organisation that helps people seeking asylum and new migrants feel welcome, safe and supported in Australia.
After your blanket has enjoyed a long, adventurous life, you can post it back to Seljak for recycling in exchange for a $40 discount off your next Seljak Brand blanket. If the blanket is still usable we’ll donate it to the ASRC’s Material Aid program, and if it’s damaged we’ll send it to one of our mill partners or Upparel to recycle. There it will be shredded and spun into new yarn to make future blankets. Together, we're keeping resources at their highest value for as long as possible.
Our circular model allows us to divert waste from landfill and create luxurious and useful blankets. Seljak Brand also participates in systems innovation, and educates and advocates for the circular economy and climate action.