Kelmscott business Altruist Furnishings has recently been recognised with a Switch on Business award, acknowledging their green thinking, with their commitment to ensuring no piece of furniture goes to landfill and using recycling products for all repairs.
Local couple Nicole and Bryce Polmear own the business, and are willing to do anything they can to keep useable furniture alive, recreating old pieces with a new look, or applying some care and attention to turn tired pieces into something new again.
“Older style TV cabinets were made with beautiful wood, but times have changed and lots of people want to get rid of their big TV cabinet. We can tweak these into something new that the customer will use, like a wine rack, or salvage the wood and build something totally new” Bryce said.
Altruist Furnishing customers often bring their own piece of furniture for re-creation, however Bryce and Nicole also salvage pieces that would otherwise be on their way to landfill.
“We will find stuff that is about to go to landfill, then recreate it for sale or repair, then donate it. I guess because of my cabinet making background, I can see how easily it can be done,” Bryce said.
The award was presented by Mayor Henry Zelones at a small ceremony recently, as part of the City of Armadale’s partnership with Switch your thinking, a local government sustainability initiative inspiring sustainable action in schools, business and the community.
Mayor Henry Zelones OAM JP said the local environment is one of the City’s greatest assets, and it is wonderful to acknowledge the work of local business leading the way in reduce, reuse and recycling.
“We are delighted to be part of Switch your thinking, especially as it encourages social responsibility for local business,” Mayor Zelones said.
For more details about Switch your thinking, visit www.armadale.wa.gov.au.
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