When carpenter Rikki Gilbey moved from England to Sydney nearly a decade ago, it changed his life in several ways, including a new found love for bodysurfing.
But when he tried to find a handplane to use for catching waves, he could find any at the quality level he wanted, so he put his carpentry skills to use to solve the problem. He made a few extra to sell at the markets. Demand was so strong Rikki decided to turn it into a business with a strong environmental focus.
WAW Handplanes are handmade using sustainable, recycled and reclaimed material.
The timber handplanes are made from sustainable timbers and Rikki donates to a charity fund that plants a tree for every one sold. So far more more than 4,000 have been planted.
When he decided to make a scalable plastic handplane, Rikki used recycled plastics gathered from the ocean around the Great Barrier Reef. Each WAW BadFish handplane removes a bag of plastic from the sea. The Yulex hand straps made from FSC and Rainforest Alliance-certified plant-based rubber.
Over 12 days in the lead up to Christmas, we’ll be sharing the stories of great Australians startups selling on Amazon Australia, told by their founders.
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Here is Rikki’s story. Happy holidays to all.