WINTER WARMERS: ETHICAL THROW RUGS
As the temperature drops the need to nest and hibernate increases. The jackets come out of storage, big hot pots of soup appear on the hob and sinking into the couch is the only activity worthy of this weather. At this point it’s very tempting to reach for the heater on button but in the interest of conserving power and saving yourself from a heart attack when you open the electricity or gas bill - rug up first! Warm clothes and chunky socks are must. Another easy way is to add a throw rug to your couch - or as I like to call it - a ‘sofa scarf’. Not only will it keep your tootsies warm but it add layers of comfort and texture to your lounge room.
But before you run off and buy an el cheapo from Ikea (guilty!) take a look at our list of gorgeous, sustainable throw rugs.
These blankets are sustainable in every sense of the word. Made from 70% recycled Australian Merino wool and a 30% blendof recycled alpaca, mohair and polyester for strength. Sel Jak (run by two sisters) has partnered with Australia’s oldest mill in Tasmania to create these beautiful pieces. Following a closed loop philosophy, Sel Jak will allow customers to return their unwanted blankets via a carbon neutral courier service (Sendle) to mill to start the process all over again. They also support the good work of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne by donating a blanket for every 10 sold.
Merino Wool Blanket
Since 1951, three generations of the Gogh family have owned and run St Albans in Victoria, Australia. They manufacture throws, blankets and scarfs with high quality materials. They have a huge range of throws and blankets made out of cashmere, mohair, wool alpaca and cotton in many different colour ways and styles.
Another family run business in Victoria (so lovely to see successful family businesses; particularly in the Australian textile industry). Creswick has been manufacturing natural fibre products at their mill since 1947. The company has Australia’s last coloured wool-spinning mill and produces a range of high quality blankets and throws. They even offer tours of the mill called “A Very Fine Yarn” which shows visitors how a fibre is manufactured into a product.
Alpaca Wool Throw