Nail­ing the re­cy­cling mes­sage

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Monique Alexan­der from Mata­mata has a pas­sion for the en­vi­ron­ment and min­imis­ing waste and also hap­pens to be pretty handy with a ham­mer.

The com­bi­na­tion of her pas­sion and skill in­spired her to start her own small busi­ness, Pal­let Girl.

Pal­let Girl is nail­ing the lat­est trend in cre­at­ing fur­ni­ture from re­cy­cled goods.

Col­lect­ing un­used pal­lets is now Monique’s favourite hobby so she can work away in her par­ent’s garage to fill the or­ders that are mount­ing.

‘‘Head boards, side ta­bles, cab­i­nets, break­fast trays, wall art, you name it! I can make it.

‘‘I’m al­ways keen to give things a go,’’ said Alexan­der.

‘‘I started out by mak­ing my own head board and side ta­ble, then I had so many peo­ple ask­ing about it and keen to have their own.

‘‘I started tak­ing or­ders and call­ing my­self ’Pal­let Girl’.’’

A stag­ger­ing quan­tity of tim­ber is con­verted into pal­lets each year, and while the im­pact of reusing some of those pal­lets is min­i­mal, it still has en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits.

‘‘If I can save a few pal­lets from land­fill and do some­thing cre­ative with them, then that makes me happy.

‘‘We live in such a ‘ throw-away’ so­ci­ety now be­cause goods are so eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble and avail­able.

‘‘Around 2.4 mil­lion tonnes of waste goes to land­fills each year and a lot of the time there is still value in the things we throw away.’’

As busi­ness grows, Alexan­der is pleased to be re-hom­ing pal­lets, chal­leng­ing her­self and her handy skills, and sat­is­fy­ing her cus­tomers with unique pieces of sus­tain­able fur­ni­ture.

Pal­let Girl can be found on Face­book (www.face­book.com/pal­let­girl) and In­sta­gram (@pal­let­girl.nz).

Her page has gained around 200 fol­low­ers in the first month.

Amelia Hawes with her Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child box.

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Monique Alexan­der started her own small busi­ness, Pal­let Girl.

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