NICOLE and Bryce Polmear are saving the world, one table at a time.
The Armadale couple started Altruist Furnishings in 2014 after finding out about the Federal government’s New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) at a job seeking agency and getting involved in small business training.
“It’s small business knowledge,” Nicole said.
“We came into this with no clue, nothing at all. So we got an overview and got some understanding of the way business works and where we can find other help.
“It’s a stepping stone. At the time, we didn’t have finances and we didn’t have knowledge.”
Launching into their own venture let the pair explore Bryce’s cabinet making skills in a more creative way while doing their bit for the planet.
“Nicole was talking about how sick she was of all the waste, and it sort of clicked in me as well,” Bryce said.
“I decided yeah, it is wasteful, all the stuff that goes to the tip.”
It was watching verge collections stack up that pushed Nicole into sustainable business.
“Just seeing it year after year, how is it possible that there’s that much that goes to the tip? Piling up and piling up,” she said.
The couple worked out of a borrowed shed until recently moving into their own premises in Kelmscott, selling an artistic range of unique one-off pieces and restored second-hand furniture that would otherwise go in to landfill.
“People are starting to know now if they’ve got the broken furniture, it doesn’t have to go on the verge,” Nicole said.
“Everything – even the most broken stuff – we’ll either put a lot of time and effort into fixing it so it doesn’t have to go to the tip, or if we can’t fix it, we break it completely apart, salvage absolutely every little bit that’s possible.
“Furniture doesn’t have to go to landfill. Not any of it, never.”
The pair are currently running a Go Fund Me to pay for a business mentor and supplies.
If they reach their total by June 30 they will furnish an entire house for someone in need. To find out more about the fundraiser or Altruist Furnishings, visit facebook.com/altruistfurnishings or call Nicole on 0449 191 105.
Full details on the small business measures available from the Australian Government can be found on the filter tool business.gov.au/smallbusiness.