Merino and Jumbuck, Brunswick East

Merino and Jumbuck design, cut and sew thermal undergarments and active wear from 100% Australian merino wool and supply the Australian market as well as exporting to China.

When Merino and Jumbuck moved to Brunswick East in January 2015, they invested in a 54 kW solar power system (216 panels). They now run their knitting and sewing machines with clean solar energy during the day. According to their last electricity bill, the company generated more energy from their solar panels than they consumed from the grid. This will save the company thousands of dollars in operating costs each year.

“We are positioning ourselves as sustainability leaders”, said Managing Director John Kallitsas. “There is a competitive advantage to green manufacturing as our domestic and export customers are increasingly demanding it”.

Merino and Jumbuck are also working to reduce their landfill waste to almost zero by recycling their fabric off-cuts and are looking to switch their halogen lighting to LEDs.