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Molly taps into Cottage industry during COVID

IT’S easy to see why Molly Taylor was one of three Tasmanian business owners to receive an Australia Post 2023 Local Business Heroes’ Program package.

Molly, an outdoor education teacher until her role was made redundant at the height of COVID, began making

candles and care packages for her loved ones to send unique gifts to each other and stay in touch during lockdown.

Today her business, Molly’s Cottage, creates 25 different gift hampers featuring sustainable and local products.

“I’ve created something that has given me the opportunity to keep pursuing my dream,” she said.

“I thought this was only going to be a business during COVID, but I am still growing and working with new businesses every day.”

From a pool of 4000 applicants, only 100 businesses received the Australia Post Local Business Heroes package.

“I was nominated by my local post office in Lenah Valley – it’s mind-blowing that they believed in me as much as I believed in myself,” Molly said.

Molly, who has sold thousands of hampers, hand-writes a gift note for each one. One of her favourites was for a rural Victorian hospital during the peak of COVID.

“They wanted to thank their employees after months of working on the front lines of the pandemic,” she said.

“They wanted to create something that brightened their day, and being able to provide that for them was amazing.”

A focus of Molly’s work is using sustainable products and helping contribute to a cleaner world.

“Using sustainable products should be important for everybody and every business,” she said.

“Working with businesses that have similar values of creating a beautiful world for future generations is incredibly important to me.”

To find out more about Molly’s Cottage visit https://mollyscottage.com.au

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