SAVE THE PLANET AND YOUR FLOOR WITH OUR UNBELIEVABLE RECYCLED FLOOR MATS!
Celebrate culture with recycled Aboriginal mats
We work with Indigenous artists to ensure absolute respect and integrity. Leading the way back in 2009 Recycled Mats was the first to work with Indigenous Australian artists to create recycled plastic mats, and for this, we are honoured to have been chosen by many to supply their homes, daycares and educational spaces with authentic quality and practical Aboriginal designs including the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Elders, Children's and VIP area's, held in the Gold Coast and the Australian Museum in Sydney.
Our mats also give the world a taste of the amazing images, colours and Aboriginal art symbols available through Indigenous artwork. Our mats are very popular as classroom mats, for example; they allow children to learn about cultural diversity and Aboriginal designs while they eat, read or play. They are also used widely in homes, offices, campsites and Yarning Circles.
Our exclusive Aboriginal mat designs invite you to celebrate Aboriginal artwork with rich colours and educational motifs commissioned from Indigenous Australian artists.
Authentic Indigenous designs
We have collaborated with talented Indigenous artists including, De Greer Yindimincarlie from the Wiradjuri nation, Angela Marr-Grogan of Birrbay Nation with connections to the Dhanggatti and Warrimay people on the NSW mid-north coast and Christine Slabb of Bundjalung - Yugambeh. All of our artists are paid upfront or via royalty arrangements, depending on their own preferences. We promote the artists as individuals as well as the messages they wish to share via their Aboriginal designs. Artist’s collaborations are important to us and what we believe in. We are proud to support and promote Australian artists, designers and Indigenous artwork. Our artists and crafters are highly respected, valued and competitively remunerated. They are the engine that keeps us going. These partnerships help us to best represent and portray rich Indigenous art through creative pieces that transform spaces.
We are also proud members of the Indigenous Art Code, and have been since 2013. Becoming signatories to the Code, plus committing to transparent and ethical trading was easy as our philosophy and artist contracts already lined up with the standards. The Australia Council for the Arts and the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) created the foundation of standards for the Indigenous Art Code. To develop the Code, they worked closely with Indigenous artists, communities, visual art organisations and galleries to form agreements that would ensure trade between Indigenous artists, Indigenous art and dealers were kept fair and ethical. These agreements are now the standards that make up the Code, which was formally launched on 29 November 2010.
As authentic Aboriginal designs, every one of our Aboriginal mats is culturally appropriate for viewing by the wider public and approved for walking or sitting on. Our recycled floor mats make fantastic multicultural resources for classrooms by encouraging young people to explore the diverse shapes and images of Aboriginal art and the stories of indigenous Australians. Mix and match designs to create bright, cultural diversity in your school, childcare centre, library or church.
Display your culture with pride or just enjoy the distinctive designs and many potential uses of these beautiful indoor/outdoor mats.
Be good to the environment and support ethical trading
Sourcing ethically made and sustainable products are the core values of Recycled Mats. Therefore, our unique Aboriginal designs are made from 100% recycled materials like polypropylene, car tyres and PET drink bottles. This makes them perfect to use as outdoor mats, as they are durable, comfortable and eco-friendly. We not only offer quality recycled products with Indigenous art that have great stories but also care for mother earth in the process. In the 9 years since our company began, we have cleaned up 160-ton recyclable materials from landfill as raw material for our products rather than adding to it.
Our recycled products come in a wide-ranging variety of simple and classic designs as well as bold and distinctive designs to suit traditional and modern décor preferences.
Create Yarning Circles with Aboriginal mats
Using our Indigenous mats with Aboriginal art symbols is an ideal way to introduce children to the world of Aboriginal art and storytelling. Our mats encourage the understanding of Aboriginal culture through symbolism. They also embed the local cultures and stories of the Australian land and can encourage children's natural curiosity to understand more about Aboriginal symbology and culture.
To promote people coming together to improve, learn, share stories and build closer relationships, we recommend using our outdoor mats with Aboriginal designs for Yarning Circles.
The Yarning Circle is a concept that comes from a time when community and family exchanged ideas and engaged with one another through sitting together. Yarning up, respecting elders, listening to stories and holding important community meetings are all important when taking part in a Yarning Circle.
WAYS TO USE OUR ABORIGINAL DESIGN RECYCLED MATS
Our Aboriginal mats are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. These mats are a portable floor covering which can be used as outdoor rugs, on picnics, for group gatherings at sports events, at the beach and for storytelling. They’re light and durable enough to carry, yet strong and durable. An outdoor rug made from recycled plastic is a waterproof and comfy alternative to a traditional fabric outdoor rug.
Our unique Aboriginal design floor mats have been made to the best attainable standards from UV treated recycled polypropylene to reduce the chance of colour fading. They are mould resistant, washable, quick drying and lightweight making them totally versatile for indoor or outdoor use. Our Aboriginal mats are also popular as hard wearing childcare mats, festival seating and camping rugs. They help break down prejudices by promoting cultural diversity, are colourful, practical, eco-friendly and educational without compromising on comfort and style.
For ease of transport, our recycled plastic mat will arrive folded. These fold marks will drop out over time; normally it takes a few weeks but warm temperatures may speed up the process. Keep in mind, if the mat is folded back up at the end of each day, the fold marks will remain.
Recycled Aboriginal mats are the versatile décor choice for your home or classroom.
WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY
Thank you- my mats arrived today- and I am thrilled with them! Thank you for such a great product- once my friends & family see them, they'll be ordering them too. Regards Kelly
"I received my beautiful mat today. It is going to be the envy of all the other teachers at my school. I am SO impressed with your outstanding service and beautiful products. My little Kindergarten/ Year One students, will love our deadly new classroom mat! Thank you so much Erin.
"JJ your mat is the best thing I have EVER had in my living area, I used to get really grumpy when the kids did stuff cause of the damage they made to my old rugs, but I can just hit these with a hose - AWESOMENESS - Yes, now 1 stress free mummy, will take 2 children & mat to play under hose, Bye." Renee
My Nans door mat arrived the other day n she loves it. Ours arrived yesterday n our 2yr old has claimed it to sit on Denise & Larry
The new mat in my lovely lounge, I love it. My two dogs Minnie and Benji also love the mat. It looks beautiful or am I being a bit biased! Yr beautiful runner mat that arrived this week too (another order that I placed). It looks so beautiful in my Dining Room. I love it. Thank you. I can't wait for the others to come. Am thinking I might get 2 more of these as well. Also looking to getting a couple as gifts for special ones for Christmas. Will have to see how I go with a bit of extra work first. I love the mats and so does my Senior Elder, The gorgeous Auntie B. I love the easy clean and the fresh look always. X Thank you for sharing a wonderful product with so many, especially as it is from my Aboriginal brothers and sisters across the water. Thank you, thank you Dyan
My mats arrived yesterday and love the mat and card game, will be purchasing again.
"Congratulations, I have purchased 5 of your mats so far, love each one of them, everyone only has wonderful comments on them & their use is so versatile from the living room floor, patio, beach & kids parties have been a real hit & looks like my family are receiving them for Christmas this year. Glad your idea has become your dream & thanks for giving us mob cultural items to be proud of :) Every success in the future, thanks Brigette"
I might have to buy a second one! Ours gets so much use! It is the floor of our camp kitchen when we go camping, it is the floor all the kids sprawl out on at sporting carnivals ( fits perfectly under a 3x3 gazebo), it's the training mat in the back yard for KungFu, and when it's not anywhere else it is in the living room with bean bags on it where the kids hang out for gaming, parties and sleepovers. Sandi
Thank you so much for the mats and card game that I received today.
As a Foster carer, its hard to get resources for the kids that help them maintain their Aboriginal culture/identity. The mats certainly are a great way of doing this.
I have forwarded your email and facebook address to the kids school and their day care centre as well as the local support agency and Child safety.
Hopefully you will bet some business from them. Regards Narelle