Group of­fers sal­va­tion to road­side refuse

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion -

SHOCKED by the thought of sec­ond-hand trea­sures be­ing de­stroyed by com­pactor garbage trucks, Su­bi­aco mum Cath Price took mat­ters into her own hands.

The Western Sal­va­tion co­founder said she was in­spired to start the com­mu­nity-based up­cy­cle and re­pur­pos­ing business to leave the planet in a bet­ter con­di­tion for her two chil­dren.

“I have al­ways been the type of per­son who feels sen­ti­men­tal about old things, and I have no shame col­lect­ing stuff off the side of the road that still has some good life left in it,” Ms Price said.

“After do­ing the earth car­ers course with the Western Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gional Coun­cil and then a liv­ing smart course shortly after, I just felt very strongly there had to be a bet­ter way to deal with the waste from the verge-throw outs.”

After Ms Price teamed up with her brother Dave Price and cousin Sian Sug­ars (24), Western Sal­va­tion won the Space­mar­ket Launch Pad schol­ar­ship for a free three-month work­shop and re­tail space at MANY 6160 (the old Fre­man­tle Myer build­ing).

She said they planned to open this month.

“My favourite prod­uct lines are our doll­houses made from old draw­ers and tim­ber,” she said.

“It’s pretty ex­cit­ing be­cause there are not many projects like this, it’s all pretty new.

“One of my crazy pipe dreams is to con­struct a nine­hole mini-golf play­ground out of re­cov­ered waste items for the com­mu­nity to en­joy. You might even see your old toaster in there some­where.”

Ms Sug­ars said they had saved some amaz­ing things from be­com­ing land­fill.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek d429674

Con­cept co-founders Cath Price, Dave Price and Sian Sug­ars.

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