01 December 2008

Craft-in Demonstration

On Monday the 8th of December, the Federal Government is giving big cash bonuses to pensioners, parents, low income families and first home buyers. The objective of this handout is to boost spending in order to keep the economy pumping but what the Government isn't talking about is the most effective way to spend this handout to truly support the economy.

As local artists and designers we understand the importance of buying handmade. We know that buying a handmade present means supporting your local community as well as being better for our environment too.

We want to give the community the message that if they really want to contribute positively to the Australian economy, they should BUY LOCAL HANDMADE products this festive season.

Did you know?

- For every $100 spent at a locally owned business $45 goes back into the community and our tax base. For every $100 spent at a chain store only $14 comes back.

- Small local businesses are the largest employer in Australia. Every $1million spent locally equals 14 jobs!

- Non-profit organisations receive 250% more support from small local businesses than from large businesses. So if you support local business you support local causes too!

- Local business are more likely to purchase goods and services from other local businesses which dramatically reduces transport costs, one of the biggest causes of climate change.

- Handmade goods are more likely to include recycled materials which reduces the need for landfills.

To help get this message out to the community, The Craft Cartel have organised a rally in the city and are looking for designers, makers and handmade retailers to join them and help spread the message of buying handmade. They're encouraging people to bring examples of their work as well as promotional material to distribute to people.

So join Melbourne designers and artists on the street and spread the word amongst your communities about buying handmade!

The event will be held in Bourke St Mall, Melbourne CBD, Monday December 8th...

1 comment:

Casey said...

yay! crafters unite