Shawna, Old Post Office | November 4, 2020
When talking with friends recently about the small things we do to help the environment, I came to realize how far we have actually come in the last 40 years. As a region we are very proud of being part of the development and implementation of a big change that reaches everyone’s home with the Blue Box Recycling program that started in Kitchener in 1983. Since then we branch out beyond the 3Rs of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle to include sustainability, zero-waste and eco-friendly alternatives.
As individuals, we often seek ways to incorporate sustainable change into our lives. Eco-friendly businesses have responded to meet these ever-expanding choices. Locally, Pete & BJ Molloy have started Molloy’s Bulk Refill & Soap Supply Store. Since September 2018 they combined their professional talents and personal interests to start up and grow an environmentally focused business. Pete expanded his interest in natural health products to develop a line of skin care for men, starting with beard oils. BJ brought in her love of crafting by focusing on candles, soaps, and skincare products for women.
The Molloy’s feature environmentally friendly, non-toxic, and bio-degradable products and ingredients in their two locations in Cambridge and Guelph. To reduce plastic consumption and save on consumer packaging costs, supplies and ingredients can be purchased individually, in kits, or in refillable containers. The Molloy’s have been busy expanding their business with additional environmentally friendly products to support zero-waste lifestyles, such as stainless-steel straws and dryer balls.
With the challenges we have all faced during the past few months, the Molloy’s have been focused on developing their website and online presence. As a result, they have established a new shipping option that provides free local delivery in the area on orders over $35.
With continual growth has come a relocation for the Molloy’s! Their Cambridge location is now located at 110 Melville St S. Maintaining their core business of ingredient refill, gift baskets, and DIY kits, they will expand with the addition of a Bubbles Toy and Gift Store for Cambridge. From unique puzzles to wooden toys and craft kits, this store will have something for all ages, including the popular Kid’s Squishy Soap. This power-house couple will surely bring Cambridge more eco-friendly items as they now have room to grow!
If you want to explore others environmental choices, Idea Exchange has a number of books and e-books available. These books have both big and small ideas that you can incorporate into your life. Our Kanopy Streaming Service has a number of series and full-length documentaries when you search ‘sustainable’. Some documentaries like ‘Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future’ focuses on people and communities who have made large changes in their lives. There are still lots of ideas for people to include on a smaller scale.
Idea Exchange not limited to books, we have a variety of Unusual Stuff for you to borrow as well. Reduce waste while discovering a new hobby - check out sports equipment, learn a new musical instrument, or find your next favourite board game or video game! There is also a power saving tool kit that can help you monitor hydro level in your home.
If you need a bigger piece of equipment to use for your next project, our Old Post Office location has a variety of equipment you can come in and book time on. The Creative Studios have audio recording equipment and a full range of digitization equipment to help you convert photos, VHS, 8mm film reels and more. The Makerspace has a laser cutter, Cricut cutter and 3D printers to help you create a project. There are also sewing machines to mend cloth. Please call the Old Post Office to book a time slot on the equipment, 226-533-2767.
To access our online databases and borrow materials all you need is an Idea Exchange Membership Card!