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boyandgirlco tumble further into sustainability

Wendy Johnson

Refurbish. Repurpose. Rehome. The three ‘Rs’.

It’s the philosophy boyandgirlco lives by.

The latest from owners Anita and Carlo Krikowa is sets of six glass tumblers in a hardwood wooden box. But these are no ordinary glass tumblers. They’re glass tumblers made from green and clear juice bottles sourced from a neighbouring business in Braddon, Autolyse Bakery.

Glasses - Box and Glasses

“We loved their shape and wondered what we could do to save them from being discarded once customers had finished their juice,” says Carlo. “Then we had a lightbulb moment. Why not make them into useful tumblers?”

The initial task was sourcing glass cutting equipment, which wasn’t as easy as initially thought. And the first piece of equipment simply would not cooperate. Attempt, after attempt, after attempt produced nothing more than jagged edges – not great for drinking tumblers. The process wasn’t smooth either.

Glasses outside of box

 

But Anita and Carlo have never shied away from a challenge – especially one that enables them to contribute to a more sustainable world. So after a bit of additional research, another type of glass cutter was found on the good old Internet, and the team were in business.

Each tumbler is carefully hand-polished to ensure edges are slightly rounded and perfectly smooth. It’s a time consuming, but essential process.

The tumblers are sold in a set of six and come in a handy carrying box that boyandgirlco makes out of recycled wood.

Customers can choose clear or green or a mix of both and the six tumblers, and box retail at their retail store at The Hamlet in Braddon and at the Old Bus Depot Markets (twice a month) for $50. A great little gift but sadly glasses are not sold separately.

For boyandgirl, the project is another way to make a positive contribution to the environment. The company specialises in designed and building furniture from recycled timber pallets Standard products, included coffee tables, multipurpose tables, light lamps and planter boxes. Custom pieces are designed to fit any space and need.

The team at boyandgirlco pulls pallets apart with their bare hands, ensuring lots of splinters and blisters along the way. It’s hard, but rewarding work, and there are no short cuts.

“We de-nail the pallets and minimise waste by using all pieces from the pallets – large, small, regular, irregular,” says Anita. “We use most of the nails from the original pallet too. So, in effect, we don’t buy a lot new.”

“Sustainable means long-lasting, but for boyandgirlco it also means protecting our environment,” says Anita. “That’s why we make new from old. Beautiful pieces from discarded material. Something from nothing. We like to think we transform old into gold.”

While boyandgirlco mostly uses discarded wooden pallets to create products, they also upcycle furniture and other items destined to be forgotten or tossed in landfill, including suitcases, wardrobes, couches and, of course, the Autolyse glass bottles. They also make reclaimed wood serving boards. Even the counter in boyandgirlco’s retail store has a base made out of discarded stereo speakers.

And the next project this dynamo duo are working on? Tote bags and t-shirts that don’t cost, but do respect, the earth.

Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson graduated with a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, a few decades ago. She’s been living in Australia since 1995, having fallen in love with eucalypt trees and kangaroos. Wendy is passionate about Canberra and all the nation’s capital has to offer. She loves to write (about everything and anything) and owns her own pr and advertising business. More about the Author

  • Gone Pickin’

    What a fantastic idea! I’ve often admired the juice bottles at Autolyse – trust boyandgirlco to think of an industrious and beautiful way to upcycle them 🙂