Joining remote communities into our supply chain and using timbers that would otherwise be burned
a social & environmental collaboration with Indigenous landowners to incorporate remote communities into our supply chain
It is important to try to connect remote and disadvantaged communities into the broader opportunities in Australia
Understand the capabilities within remote communities so that we can work to their strengths
Go on-site and address the needs of the people along with the goal of the product and project
This project won two major sustainability awards in 2017 and delivered significant pride to the community as well as eliminating the wasteful burning of timbers
Winya is a majority Indigenous-owned furniture company and its Arnhem furniture range is a social and environmental collaboration with remote Northern Territory Indigenous landowners that use an indigenous sawmill to provide waste timbers coming from mine-site clearing to produce custom-made soft seating.
The Arnhem range won both the Building Industry Sustainability Award and a Banksia Award in 2017
Salvaged timbers that would otherwise be burnt (or even discarded) create indigenous employment both in remote areas and apprenticeships in cities. Timber is sorted and graded and cut to basic furniture components, then shipped to Sydney for finishing and manufactured into lounges in factories by Indigenous trainees on apprenticeships.
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