November 15, 2021

Made Here Magazine 2021

I don’t know how I missed this gem of a magazine but I’m stoked I found it over the weekend now that hyper-consumption season is well and truly upon us! This Christmas do yourself and the planet a favour and buy less.  Buy experiences.  Buy second hand.  Buy locally made using the most ethical materials possible.

It’s really worth the time to devour every word in this publication and remember that buying locally keeps money in your neighbours pockets rather than far away online mega mogils.  The other reason to think really hard this silly season is to once and for all accept that the more stuff you buy, the more emissions you’re responsible for.  Vote for a safe climate future with your wallet!  Support Mullum Cares long term volunteer Treasurer, Hope and her family’s Australian Manuka Honey business and of course, our favourite artisan collective, Made in Mullum is a long standing enabler for local creatives.  Pooling resources in a co operative fashion is very climate friendly and a resilient business model that means many share the load that could be too much for any one alone to bare.

Sasha Mainsbridge

President, Founder & Project Manager, Mullum Cares Incorporated

An introduction to the magazine by Aslan Shand, editor

There is an idea of belonging that often inspires people to try the waters of the Northern Rivers. An idea that, if they come here, they might discover themselves and others in a more true and connected way. It is often based on the principles that those original hippies came here in the 1970s as they sought to reassess and redefine their relationships with themselves, their community and society at large. Those ideas were based how to change the relationships with the people around them positively, how to protect the environment and how to reconnect… While it may have started with the Barter Field and moon dances in Main Arm, the Aquarius Festival in Nimbin, and the Terania Creek protests, it continues to grow and change. You can still head to local markets like The Channon and buy things that have been lovingly made by local hands and minds, but it has also become an area where ideas and businesses can seed and grow beyond the region. The focus on community has allowed the development of The Farmers Markets and Lismore Produce Market that provide an outlet for local growers to connect directly with their customers. At the other end of the spectrum you can now pick up Byron Bay Cookies on the other side of the globe, and there are businesses like Brookfarm – which has expanded from muesli and macadamia oil into a successful range of healthy food products. Whether it is food and farming, woodwork, essential oils or art the key is that being part of a local community allows people to come together, to make connections and support one another. That can be in so many different ways: from helping build tiny homes for the homeless and supporting the local community centres, to innovative regenerative farming practices and business development and employment. As all these elements weave together they create community, support lives and the local economy. The hope is that as we move forward the idea of community is not lost, that what has been created, in terms of connection and support, can grow stronger in the face of the challenges of climate change and political corruption. That integrity, hope and the value of people, the environment and caring is one of the things we can keep as an integral part of what we have made here and what might continue to inspire. • Made here was distributed with The Byron Shire Echo issue 36.16