A PERTH duo giving new life to old newspapers has unveiled a piece nine months in the making.
Really Useful Recyclers co-founders Courtney Smith (20), of Success, and Karrinyup’s Josh Flintoff (19) spent more than 100 hours “cutting, rolling, pasting, bonding and varnishing” to bring the 63cm tall Christmas tree to life.
“It takes a long time to prepare and we need to factor in the waiting time between each step, our daily demands and the weather,” Josh’s proud mum Deb Flintoff said.
“We also factor in the skill and concentration element as it is very important to ensure the guys are engaged and willingly productive.”
The Really Useful Recyclers was set up after Mr Smith and Mr Flintoff, who are both on the autism spectrum, had difficulty finding employment.
The men have thrived under the joint venture, with their work proving popular and their fan base increasing all the time.
Courtney’s mum Del Smith said the Christmas tree, which she described as “spectacular”, was indicative of how far the pair had come.
Those keen to secure the tree can bid on the creation during a silent auction at the Mosman Craft Markets in Mosman Park this Sunday.
Proceeds from the sale will be put back into The Really Useful Recyclers to help increase their opportunities.
“I am a little biased, but the tree is really stunning in real life and such a testament to how far a little seed of a vision can take us,” Ms Flintoff said.
“It is symbolic of the festive time of the year, but also the opportunities which can be created to suit the abilities, skill set and talents of people with limited employment options due to their individual needs.”
The tree comes with a wooden base made by the Mosman Park Men’s Shed.
For more information, search The Really Useful Recyclers or Mosman Craft Markets on Facebook.