Kelmscott business Altruist Furnishings wins sustainability award


Cr Ruth Butterfield (chair of South East Regional Energy Group), Bryce and Nicole Polmear and Armadale mayor Henry Zelones.
Cr Ruth Butterfield (chair of South East Regional Energy Group), Bryce and Nicole Polmear and Armadale mayor Henry Zelones.

A KELMSCOTT business has won an award for its dedication to sustainability.

Altruist Furnishings is a small local business that transforms old, tired furniture into beautiful new pieces – and the company’s sustainability practices have seen them recognised with a Switch on Business Award as part of the Switch Your Thinking initiative.

Owner operators Bryce and Nicole Polmear said they tried to weave sustainability through the entire rejuvenation process, from salvaging pieces heading to landfill right down to coating the finished product with wax created from local bees.

“We will find stuff that is about to go to landfill, then recreate it for sale or repair, then donate it,” Mr Polmear said.

“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.”

Armadale mayor Henry Zelones, who presented the award, said it was important to acknowledge businesses that were leaders in reducing, reusing and recycling.

Visit www.switchyourthinking.com for more information.

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