For several months now, the devasting effects of the drought have continued to dominate newspaper headlines.
It’s a crisis that’s currently affecting 97 per cent of NSW as well as large pockets of Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.
Not only does drought ravage the land, but it also impacts rural communities and businesses, who are left to bear the financial burden that comes with a lack of tourists and a strain on resources.
As the weather heats up, more and more towns face the very real prospect of losing water next month and are edging closer to day zero.
But thanks to social media and online shopping, we have the opportunity to directly support rural businesses who are doing it tough.
Earlier this month, an Instagram movement was started by @buyfromthebush encouraging all Australians to buy products in-store or online to help struggling rural businesses make a living.
As we approach the Christmas season, there’s no better time to buy from the bush.
Here are 19 bush products you can buy to help local businesses battling the drought.
Pink Velvet Boutique (@pinkvelvet.boutique)
Location: West Wyalong, NSW
Pink Velvet is run by friends Kate and Tiarna and offers a range of summer fashion staples, from playsuits and dresses to stylish sandals.
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|| H E A V E N – Our Cass White Sneakers and Candy Jumpsuit are a match made in style heaven. Easily my favourite jumpsuit in store because it’s got all the comfort feels! And the Cass sneaker, believe me when I say they are about to sell out for the 6th time! Happy Saturday gang! We are open from 9:30-12 B U T in online world, I’m about to upload new summer shoes to our website that are priced at $55! Bargain! Cass White Sneaker: $95 Candy Jumpsuit: $59 ||