Recyclers unveil a Christmas gift
TWO Perth men giving new life to old newspapers has unveiled a piece nine months in the making.
Really Useful Recyclers cofounders Josh Flintoff (19) and Courtney Smith (20) 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.”
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.
The tree comes with a wooden base made by the Mosman Park Men’s Shed.
Proceeds from the sale will be put back into The Really Useful Recyclers to help increase their opportunities.
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 joint venture has thrived, 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 men had come in their venture.
Courtney Smith and Josh Flintoff with David Symington and Mike Wiggin from Mosman Park Men's Shed.