A new Armidale business is turning trash to treasure to make furniture out of used pallets.
The unusual enterprise, Seventh Wave Creations, is the brainchild of Anthony Foo and Ric Scott.
The fledgling company is only in its third week but interest in the unique furnishing is quickly spreading with the help of a Facebook page.
While the duo only met recently, they quickly found a common interest in sustainable building.
“We share a passion and a friendship has taken off and we thought we would kick this off as a partnership,” Mr Foo said.
Mr Foo refers to the business as “pre-cycling” with Armidale businesses supplying them with the pallets rather than putting them into landfill.
One signature construction for the company is their garden walls, where vertical pallets become home to a range of plants growing out of holes in the wood.
The plants for the walls are being supplied by Cedar Nursery and Designs and Mr Foo said they prefer to build the pieces to order.
In future the company hopes to be able to provide training to disadvantaged youth.
“Once we’ve got our feet on the ground and are established, that’s an area we will be moving into,” Mr Foo said.
The new company also has plans to make unusual cubby houses out of recycled materials.
What has started as a backyard operation is set to quickly expand, with Ducats offering the new company space within their complex.
Mr Foo said the furniture had so far proved popular because of its sustainable ethos and “it has a bit of a wow factor about it”.
CRAFTY CRAFTSMAN: Ric Scott and Anthony Foo show off some of their outdoor furniture, made from used pallets.
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