It’s true that many of the products we consume in Australia aren’t made here – but it doesn’t have to be that way! Buying Australian made products can help our economy, save money and even improve your health by reducing the number of chemicals in your home. Here are some reasons to buy only Aussie products when you can.
Manufacturing supports your local economy
Buying an Aussie product not only keeps your dollars in Australia but also supports local businesses and workers. Local businesses have a vested interest in keeping your money circulating within their economy, because it means more profits for them. It’s not just that they might support other small businesses or charities, either. These days, most Australian manufacturers are small to medium enterprises (SMEs) employing less than 20 people; these SMEs account for 97% of all manufacturing companies in Australia and employ 1.1 million people nationwide. By buying their products, you are directly helping them generate income and provide jobs for local Australians.
You know exactly what went into your product
Australian manufacturers are required to list their ingredients, so you always know what you’re putting on your skin or into your mouth. That doesn’t necessarily mean that those ingredients are safe, but at least it ensures you aren’t getting anything that isn’t on the label. That’s a huge bonus for Australians who suffer from allergies and sensitivities – if there is a product they need to avoid, they can easily find out if it contains it by reading its ingredients list. In contrast, imported goods have to meet stringent testing standards before entering Australia and must carry an ingredient label that complies with Australia’s regulatory requirements, but doesn’t provide all of the information detailed above.
It’s better for the environment
Cheap imports and high import tariffs mean it’s often cheaper to make things overseas and ship them to Australia. What most people don’t realise is that there’s another hidden cost to imports: they have a huge environmental impact because they often have to be transported from across thousands of kilometres of ocean. For example, a teacup made in China and sent here by boat produces 11 times more carbon dioxide than if it was produced in Australia.  Buying locally-made goods could help slow climate change.
An ethical approach to fashion and beauty
Buying local supports communities and is better for our planet. While you can find some amazing things online, if you’re passionate about fashion and beauty, there’s nothing like a real shopping trip with real people in it to give you inspiration. If we all bought a little more local – especially when it comes to clothing and cosmetics – we’d be helping build vibrant community businesses that support jobs in our cities. It may also help stimulate your creativity: although it may seem counterintuitive, being surrounded by new things that fire up your imagination could boost your productivity.
Buying local means better service
When you have a problem with your Aussie-bought product, getting a solution is much easier. An Australian business owner will be more responsive to your issue. It’s easy to pick up the phone and call them, or find their email address and send them a note. Most importantly, they’re close by so if your issue isn’t resolved immediately, they can pop in next time they’re in town. On top of that, buying local means you have a better understanding of how to use whatever it is you’ve purchased (and if something goes wrong). Have questions about using an Aussie-bought appliance? Head down to your local appliance store for help with troubleshooting.
Spend money locally and you’ll get more back
More often than not, people make a beeline for cheap items without considering where they come from. It’s called a race to the bottom. Essentially, it means that if you consistently go for low prices instead of supporting quality goods, companies will produce low-quality goods in order to compete with one another and get their products into your home at any cost. That’s great news for you—the consumer—but not so much for manufacturers or small businesses.