Sustainability is something too many companies ignore. But not Interlink. They supply a product that is pretty unique and will make your garden look awesome; re-used, weathered railway sleepers – the perfect material to create a great landscaping feature for your garden. Just imagine the stories you could tell your grandchildren about the great many trains that these sleepers have carried!
What does your landscaping supply business do?
Interlink are supplier of recycled timber sleepers – including NZ Railway Sleepers, Australian Hardwood Sleepers and US Oak Sleepers – for use by landscapers and gardeners throughout New Zealand.
What’s one of your favourite products?
Recycled Australian Hardwood Sleepers A Grade. These are generally four square sides, weathered and rustic, and include a mixture of woods such as Jarah and Ironbark. They are chemical free and naturally durable. Ideal for steps and prominent feature areas such as water features.
Why do you think your customers like this product so much?
Railway sleepers are an amazing feature in anyone’s garden or house! So if you’re looking for a natural or rustic look, make sure you check out our product range. Railway sleepers are also a very durable material that will last in your garden, landscape, or home for centuries.
Can you give us a brief history of your business and the growth it has experienced so far?
In 2009, Matthew Kennedy, our General Manager and owner, was inspired to create a business that ‘interlinked’ a customer with a solution. He saw a gap in the market to supply natural landscape products directly to the customer. Interlink are now a premier supplier of high quality hardwood materials for landscaping in New Zealand. We trade over the phone or through email, thus minimizing costs. These savings are then passed on to our customers.
Interlink are wholesalers to the landscaping, landscape design, architectural and general garden maintenance markets. Our office is based in beautiful Wanaka, and we have storage depots nationally. We deliver our products through an array of major freight companies.
How is Unleashed helping your business grow?
That’s simple: Unleashed helps us keep track of stock accurately throughout our storage depots in New Zealand.
Is there something you are particularly excited for your business right now?
Interlink has been bringing you recycled products for nearly 10 years, dating back to when the grassroots ‘green building’ revolution started. Now 10 years later, sustainable and eco-friendly buildings are being developed all over the country. As climate change, inefficient energy use and human land use is increasingly having a detrimental impact on our natural ecosystems. There exists a responsibility for individuals and industries to start making a conscious change. This change is towards a more resourceful and sustainable society and planet. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact that industries are having on our environment.
Interlink, along with all others involved in the ‘green building revolution’ are doing their part to minimise this. We believe in the reduce, reuse, recycle ideology, and take pride in our commitment to recycling beautiful and durable hardwoods. As a supplier to hardware stores all over the country we are providing a more eco-conscious option nationwide. We can provide you with recycled railway sleepers and salvaged hardwood timber for your interior, exterior and landscaping projects. Why buy new when you can buy recycled and get even better quality!
How our products help:
- We REDUCE the number of new trees being milled for timber and reduces carbon emissions by preventing them being burnt
- We REUSE old railway sleepers and hardwoods from Australia and NZ
- We RECYCLE old wharf and other rustic hardwood structures
Is there something your business in particularly proud of?
Our products are sustainable and we try to be too:
- Our office is currently in the paperless transition, getting rid of the unnecessary paper waste and going digital
- We have a fair and equal workplace in beautiful Wanaka
- We are also members of the Forest and Bird Society, donating to the conservation of NZ native flora and fauna
- We try to minimize our carbon footprint by encouraging our staff to walk or cycle to work
- We are members of the Living Future Institute; we support the innovation of this great institute
Are there any particular not-for-profit causes that you, or your business is passionate about, and why?
We support The Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand.
Article by Melanie Chan in collaboration with our team of Unleashed Software inventory and business specialists. Melanie has been writing about inventory management for the past three years. When not writing about inventory management, you can find her eating her way through Auckland.