Wrexham’s youngest shop owner’s fight for sustainability
“The birth of my daughter gave me a lease of life and purpose – I’ll stop at nothing to create a better world for her and all other kids growing up today”.
That is the heartfelt view of mother and entrepreneur Bobbi Moon, who at 21-years-old is possibly Wrexham’s youngest shop owner.
The Refill-osaurus, which recently opened in Ty Pawb, is a refill station where people can refill all household goods from food, spices, cleaning products, food art and much more, while they save money and help save the planet.
Customers can bring their own containers from home, buy bottles or paper bags from the shop or help themselves to second sanitised containers from the shop completely free of charge.
They are then charged purely for the weight of their purchase, saving money, increasing convenience and getting rid of waste.
Founder Bobbi was initially setting up a lifecasting business but found that being a mum of a young child meant she struggled to access business support, which meant that idea didn’t work out but she had built up a good amount of savings and research into running a business.
At the same time she set up a Facebook group called The Wrecsam Community and was met with a lot of people saying they wished that Wrexham had a refill station and decided to take the challenge on herself.
Bobbi recently sat down with Wrexham.com to discuss how she actually set up a shop whilst juggling the responsibilities of being a new mum.
She is keen to address that she isn’t preaching from a high horse about peoples need to change lifestyles, before becoming plastic phobic she acknowledges that it was easy to think of herself as just ‘one person’ buying a plastic wrapped item of food, but if you then apply that to a household, to businesses etc then you really start to see the scale of the problem.
For most people, becoming a new mum means taking time off work. Speaking with Wrexham.com Bobbi explained how the birth of her daughter was one of the main catalysts for the shops launch.
“I was told that I wouldn’t be able to access a co-working space because I had a child. During the call I looked down at my daughter and told myself she wouldn’t be raised in a world where you have to choose between family and having your own business,” explained Bobbi.
In terms of how she balances the day to day, Bobbi believes that being a care leaver and living on her own since she was 16 meant she grew up fast and learned to deal with hardship.
She also sees her ADHD almost as a superpower, allowing her to multitask and achieve her goals at record speeds.
Looking to the future Bobbi is hoping that the more people embrace lifestyle and mindset changes then she will be able to invest back into the company and create a Refill station that operates at the same level as a supermarket but doesn’t lose its morals or stop being sustainable in the process.
You can follow Bobbi and her family across on Facebook and Tiktok.
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