Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our FAQs page. Here you'll find answers to common questions about our products. If you have a question that isn't listed here, please contact us directly and we'll be glad to answer it!

Yes, our placemats are completely non-toxic and safe. They feature detailed designs that must withstand repeated use (and abuse!) from young children. This is why we use a signature polypropylene (plastic) sheet that is 100% manufactured Australia, with the highest safety credentials:

  • No toxic additives (heavy metals, halogenated compounds or phthalates)
  • Compliant with Australian Food Standard 2070-1999

Our placemats are made from heat-resistant polypropylene and are 0.6mm (0.024 inches) thick. 

Polypropylene has a melting point in excess of 100 degrees C, or 212 degrees F, but we do not recommend testing this with your food or tableware! In fact, polypropylene is more susceptible to colder temperatures and becomes brittle below 0 degrees C, or 32 degrees F, so we recommend storing placemats at a comfortable room temperature.

Our signature educational placemats are made from plastic, but this makes them exceptionally hardwearing and long-lasting so you can use them again and again, resulting in lower whole-of-life costs (to both your wallet AND the environment). We have invested significant time and effort into sourcing a polypropylene sheet that has the highest environmental credentials:

  • Certified 100% carbon neutral and made from 50% recycled material
  • 100% tree free and uses 9000% less water to produce than paper or cardboard
  • 100% recyclable: can be recycled using 3 times less energy than board, without any degradation of the material.
  • Zero waste: any scrap material that is produced during production is recycled on-site in a bespoke recycling plant. 
  • Captures carbon: made from propylene gas - a by-product of petroleum refining - that would otherwise be burned off and increase CO2 emissions.

Our placemats have a luxurious matte finish that's super-smooth and easy to clean. Just wipe them down with a soft, moist cloth or sponge - you'll find this is the quickest and easiest way to deal with most food and beverage spills.

Of course, we understand there's not always time to clean up immediately, so for those more difficult stains (e.g. dried ketchup and pasta sauce!), we recommend hand washing the placemats in warm, soapy water using a soft cloth or sponge.

In order to maximize the longevity of your placemats, maintain their crisp image definition and vivid, true-to-life appearance, please do not use harsh chemicals, cleaning fluids, scrubbing brushes or scourers.

Read more about caring for your placemats here .

Our placemats can be annotated or drawn upon with non-permanent, erasable markers (commonly used for whiteboards, overhead projector films and other non-porous surfaces). We recommend purchasing a low-odor version, as they can get smelly! 

The ink is easy to wipe clean with a whiteboard eraser or piece of cloth, dampened with water if necessary. It may take a couple times going over the mat to fully remove the markings and dry the surface.

Please be mindful not to leave writing on the placemats for an extended amount of time, because it can make cleaning more difficult and result in "ghosting" (leftover marking and residue that remains, even after the mat has been cleaned).

Yes, please rest assured the smell will dissipate once the product has had a chance to air. We use a small amount of solvent in the anti-slip reverse coating which is biodegradable, eco-friendly and often used in flavours and fragrances - it is harmless, but a bit smelly!

To accelerate the process, you can run some hot water over the reverse side while giving it a rub down with a soft sponge; this will help release the smell without affecting the anti-slip coating. Putting them out in the sun (reverse side up) is another option.