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Our customers giving old toys a new lease of life

Our Swan Hill customers wanted to sink their teeth into a fun, unique project. And they decided toy upcycling was just that!

Costomers holding up their recycled toys

There’s a lot of doom and gloom in the world right now, so thought we would share a lovely little news story from our customers in Swan Hill, Victoria.

Like the rest of us, they’ve been spending a lot more time at home this year and wanted to sink their teeth into a fun, unique project. And they decided toy upcycling was just that!

To kick the project off, Aruma Customer Engagement Coordinator Billy put a call out on social media for people in the local community to donate wooden toys they no longer used – the more imperfect the better.

“Initially we had a really good response from the community, we got several toys donated that were in pretty poor condition”, says Billy.

The residents then spent time upcycling them – first by deconstructing the toys, patching them up and, painstakingly repainting them.

Wooden rocking horse

This new project has given the residents a new avenue to express their creativity and also think outside the box. “They’ve had to use their imagination to put the toys back together and have been able to get creative with choosing paint colours,” says Billy.

Swan Hill businesses have also got behind the project, generously donating supplies to keep the residents busy. “Hammonds Paint have been amazing,” says Billy, “they donated paint and materials to get the project going.”

Once the toys have been given new life, they’re going to be donated to children in the community. And this is only the beginning for the team. They’re hoping to continue their upcycling journey and we can’t wait to see the results!

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