Waverley Mills is Australia’s oldest working textile mill, running for the past 146 years across the Bass Strait in Launceston. It’s also the last operation of its kind – with the capability to both process wool and weave it into new products. Its range of blankets is entirely recycled, made from woollen offcuts, old blankets and other unused fibres.
Premium Aussie manchester and homewares brand Sheridan has also been focusing on sustainability and environmental impact in its range of lifestyle products. It saw in Waverley Mills an opportunity to repurpose old branded towels – collected from product samples and customer returns – rather than dispose of them.
The two companies have collaborated to create Sheridan’s new range of luxury blankets, made of 20 per cent repurposed cotton towels and 63 per cent recycled Australian wool.
More than 150 kilograms of old Sheridan towels were sent to Launceston, where they were shredded down and mixed with wool (mostly merino from shearing waste, as well as unused fibres and offcuts) and polyester to create new yarn. This was then woven into soft, textural blankets that come in two colourways.
The ribbon blanket has pops of bright yellow against soft pink, blue and off-white hues, while the more minimal grid design features three shades of blue, from navy to light grey tones.
“Sheridan’s partnership with Waverley Mills is a new milestone in our sustainable journey,” Sheridan general manager Paul Gould said in a statement. “This collection honours the rich history of both brands and is a step towards setting the benchmark for sustainable products in the homewares industry.”
Sheridan’s Waverley blankets cost $499.99 and will be available in-store and online from mid-October.
Additional reporting by Emma Do