Help the Bushfires in Australia – Buy From Their Makers


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What has been going on with the bushfires in Australia lately is no secret, and if you are unaware, a quick Google search or heading here can fill you in. The devastation, heartache, and loss of life have been enormous, and once the fires in Australia are under control, the continent will need to rebuild. That is where you can help by purchasing from the country’s makers.

Bushfires in Australia Today

When events pass and are no longer covered by the news, it’s natural to focus on the next thing and let memories fade. I’m guilty of that for sure. However, these are some of the worst bushfires in Australia’s history, and the after-effects for the country and its people will remain for years to come.

Help Makers Affected by Bushfires in Australia

Yes, you can donate to organizations. One comedian I follow has done wonders for raising funds for her home country. Beyond that, you can directly impact local businesses in the country by buying from its makers. There are a few IG accounts you can follow and hashtags you can peruse to find makers. 

I encourage you to think about upcoming holidays – Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and even Christmas. Think beyond the holidays to teacher gifts, showers, weddings, and whatever you have coming up. Take a peek at what Australian makers are creating. It’s a small way to help revitalize their communities! 

Instagram Accounts with Australian Makers

@spendwiththem

Spend with Them is an Instagram account that has been made and curated specifically for aiding locally owned and operated businesses. Head directly to the account or search #spendwiththem to find out which makers you can help.

I like the fact that they highlight the stories from the businesses, how they are impacted, and what they do in the captions. Normally, I wouldn’t include the text, but Spend with Them does such an amazing job that I just couldn’t leave them out.

Here are a few of my personal favorites from @spendwiththem.

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Jessica and her husband have only just recently moved to Cudlee Creek and made the town of Gumeracha their home. She found a gap in the market for a store that showcased incredible Australian products and so Jessica created a space that stocked useful and beautiful things that encourage people to reconnect not only with others but with themselves. She was only open 6 weeks before the fires hit and the town was evacuated. When they got back home their house was standing but there was lots of damage and sadly their beloved dog had not survived. Check out @peregrinestore and either send Jess a DM or call on (08)7286 5897 to #spendwiththem ❤️❤️❤️

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Kaz is from the town of Tumbarumba, on the western edge of the Snowy Mountains. As I write this, she has no power, no comms and her water is contaminated. You can support Kaz’s business @twistedwillowhomestore by checking out her website and buying some of the beautiful homewares and accessories that she stocks: twistedwillowhomestore.com #spendwiththem

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Alex and Jo opened their small neighbourhood bistro @smalltownmilton in Milton last September. You might know them as the duo behind the hatted restaurant St Isidore, which they closed down last year in order to open this new venture. It was an enormous investment, and they were excited to serve their delicious food and gulpable wine to the summer crowd that usually flock to the south coast for the holidays. But, without this trade, Alex and Jo have been left in a precarious situation. We love these guys and you can #spendwiththem by purchasing a gift voucher from smalltownmilton.com.au. They’ll pass it on to an RFS volunteer or a local family in need. Totally win-win and a serious generosity ripple effect ❤️❤️❤️

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Normally buzzing with tourists at this time of year, the beautiful coastal town of Huskisson, on the shores of Jervis Bay, is eerily quiet right now. Liz, the owner of natural health, beauty and homewares company White Earth @whiteearth_ says the streets are empty and her family is doing all they can to keep their heads above water. Go to www.whiteearth.com.au to check out Liz’s amazing products, which are all natural and derived from the earth. From essential oils and candles to cruelty-free skincare and make-up, you’re bound to find something you love! We’ve got our eyes on the aroma diffusers… #spendwiththem

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When Meagan followed her heart and moved to Australia from Canada 11 years ago to start a life with her new husband, Caleb, she never anticipated becoming a goat dairy farmer! They raise their goats and their young family from their property in Nowra. Megan also came up with the genius idea to start making goat’s milk soap when her son was suffering from eczema. Her business @mapleridgegoatsoap was originally a way just to make a bit of extra money, but after years of suffering through the drought they had to make the heartbreaking decision to shut down their farm and sell off most of their goats. With the few goats they had left, Megan continued making her products and building her business, and the income helped to keep the family afloat. Now, Megan and Caleb have fires burning all around them and their goats have nowhere to graze. All the markets have been cancelled, so Megan can no longer sell her soap and candles at local markets. She is trying hard to stay positive, but this has hit them hard. Megan says a boost in sales will help them buy hay for their goats and keep their family going for a while longer, so let’s #spendwiththem and get behind her! You can buy by DMing her Insta or through her Facebook page (search for Maple Ridge Goat Soap) 🐐

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@buyfromthebush

Buy from the Bush was originally created to help drought-stricken regions of Australia, but these areas are where fires are most likely to take place. They use #buyfromthebush, which is easily searchable on Instagram for helping out those impacted by fires in Australia today.

Their account has been up and running for a while. By searching through their feed, you will see a lovely selection of handmade Australian goods to help those affected by bushfires in Australia.

View a few pieces from drought and fire regions below.

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@loveaustralianhandmade

The account supports small makers in Australia in general, however it is not necessarily specifically curating those affected by drought or bushfires in Australia.

Do a bit of searching around on Love Australia Handmade, and you may find a few pieces that you can’t live without to help the country as a whole. They use #loveaustraliahandmade.

Here are a few favorites of mine!

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What about you? Do you love some of the products above?

Many people are hesitant to donate, but supporting local businesses in your own community helps your area thrive. The same is true for purchasing directly from makers that are experiencing some of the worst bushfires in Australia today.

If you have other ideas on how to help fund the destruction from bushfires in Australia, I would love to hear what those are. This is just one that I was alerted to by scrolling through Instagram. You never know where you will find inspiration!

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11 responses to “Help the Bushfires in Australia – Buy From Their Makers”

  1. Totally agree about the part that when an event happens, it goes away from people’s mindset when things calm down. It has always been like that in history. However, for the present, it is a great idea to help local businesses in Australia and to provide them with an income if they have been seriously hit by the bushfires. But with fires hitting Africa and South America as well (but are nowhere near getting the media coverage as that in Australia), we should be doing the same there. There are always problems going on in the world and us, humans, we need to get our act together somewhat and unite even more and support each other. But its a slow progress. Regarding Australia, I feel hopeless being in the UK. I wish I was out there helping the locals put out the fires. The only thing I can do right now is to donate money and hope that will go into the rebuilding efforts. 

    • Oh wow! You’re right. I actually had no idea that the same was going on in Africa and South America, too. Media can be both a good thing and bad. Thank you for letting me know!

  2. This is a great post. I feel like posts about local shops aren’t as common as self-promoting posts. I like your idea of supporting small businesses to support Australia.

  3. I support your ideas of helping the people in the need. We have done some fundraising here to help the Australian as well. It is so sad that the bush fires hit this nice country and caused many lives to be lost.

  4. Social media does have it’s positives! Never been one for IG but glad it’s having this effect. Let’s all buy an item!

  5. I live in Southern California and experience fires almost yearly but nothing like what is happening in Australia. I love that IG accounts have been made to help locals rebuild, I had no idea these were created. Thank you for introducing me to them I’m following #spendwiththem @loveaustralianhandmade @buyfromthebush right now 

  6. It is so very sad to read about the bushfires.  My sister in law lives in Australia and has been giving us first-hand feedback.  It is a good idea to highlight Australian companies to buy from.  Supporting local communities like this does help them to survive through the downturn in business.  Good to share this.

  7. Ahhh LOVE all of these suggestions! What an amazing way to get involved and promote donating! I might have to buy a few gifts

  8. The news about the bushfires is heart wrenching. I was following it in the papers here. What a colossal loss of life! These are some great sites to contribute to. I hope they get funds enough to tide over this huge loss.

  9. I think it is a brilliant way of ensuring that the right kind of help reaches the affected people. And a win-win one too. I am going to be checking out some of this stuff – I anyway need to order some gifts. The images and hashtags that you share have some of the stuff that I know my friends would dig. Like those handmade soaps. Thanks for sharing this.