Photo by Howard Gwynne

Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle, Recycle

Since 1988, Corban & Blair has been creating unique collections upcycling, recycling and reusing material to minimise waste, combining design with environmental considerations in our business practice. We are passionate about what we design and consistently search for new ideas to add value and meaning to the products, we create for others to use.

Our sustainable practice

We are committed to reducing packaging waste by recycling, reusing and keeping packaging materials going around in the distribution system. This is our attempt at the circular economy. This means our boxes are 2nd or 3rd hand. We are proud to reuse all boxes and packaging donated by our local community. They have been in many places, along with newspapers, preused bubble wrap and the shredded magazines we use.

We are members of the Professionals Advocating for Climate Action. A group of professionals established by Carolyn Loton and Stephen Moir, who are invested in learning, networking and taking action for climate change.

We also support the work of Inner West Community Energy who takes solar to homes and businesses. They installed the solar panels for our business premises.

Made in Australia

Challenged by climate issues and the need to support local businesses. Corban & Blair has returned to our roots and now makes more products locally.

When we started Corban & Blair, we made all our products in Australia, mostly with our own hands. Our first collection of albums & journals used hand-painted paper by Indigenous artist Susan Vaughan. We continue this trend by collaborating with others to inspire new design concepts that showcase the diversity of our Australian culture. We are proud to announce our product range has Australian Made Certification. 

Recycled leather products

At the beginning of 2020, we set up an in-house manufacturing workshop to make products from recycled leather and leather off cuts. Recycled leather is made from off cuts, recycled from the European shoe and handbag industry. Our recycled bonded leather has the highest standard of sustainability, certified by OEKO-TEX an internationally standardised testing and certification system for leather and leather goods.

Carbon neutral frames hand made in New Zealand

Corban & Blair frames are made in New Zealand from plantation grown timber. We buy carbon credits to offset emissions produced in the manufacturing of these frames. The money raised goes towards land regeneration. This is another way we support the environment.

Upcycled products for circular economy

We have put our values into practice and designed a collection from recycling our leather offcuts to reduce our scrap materials going to landfills. The leather accessories are made using a simple construction of folding and cutting to reduce, manufacturing time and our carbon footprint. We have also recycled our old metal blocks and made artworks and framed them beautifully in our carbon-neutral frames.

Environmental collaboration

We love to collaborate with like-minded people. Corban & Blair continue to work with communities and organisations who share the same environmental values and interest in minimising waste. 

This range of New Life products was developed while finding a solution for a handful of less than perfect A5 leather journals and travel wallets. We enlisted the help of our talented friends from Studio A and Indigenous artist Thomas Avery and created a product with artworks adhered or painted to the cover. 

Talk to us about your sustainable ideas.

At Corban & Blair, we are always on the lookout for new and innovative sustainable ideas. If you have an idea you want to share with us, talk to us by calling 02 9560 0122 or fill out the form and we will get back to you shortly.

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