Buy From The Bush and PayPal are calling on Aussies to shop local and support rural communities ahead of Christmas this year, thanks to a new online marketplace – changing country lives with the click of a button.

The new Buy From The Bush Marketplace, sponsored by PayPal, is an easy-to-use, safe, and a secure online hub to discover beautiful and unique products while supporting rural and regional small businesses. More than 250 small businesses have already signed up to the marketplace to give Aussies more opportunities to buy local while bridging the gap between the city and the bush.

It’s been a year since Buy From The Bush (BFTB) took the nation by storm. Founded by Grace Brennan in October 2019, the movement champions businesses doing it tough due to drought and bushfires. With 450,000 followers on social media, BFTB has created real, sustained change that has rippled across the country. The Buy From the Bush movement also champions regional Australian women, with 97 per cent of participating businesses being female-owned.

Grace Brennan, Buy From The Bush founder said, “We are so excited to have worked in partnership with PayPal to build this unique marketplace. We are connecting our amazing network of bush businesses with the wider Aussie community, just in time for the Christmas gifting season. Our makers and retailers all have a unique story and we can’t wait for Aussies to discover and support these talented individuals.

“With the pandemic driving so much Christmas shopping online, people will want to get in early to make sure everything arrives on time. We hope Aussies in the cities and suburbs look to the bush for Christmas shopping this year and by so doing, invest in helping rural communities recover and thrive.”

Now, more than ever, the Australian community is coming together to support local businesses and communities in the wake of COVID-19 and the economic downturn. PayPal’s recent 2020 eCommerce Index reveals two-in-five Australians (38 per cent) are already consciously supporting local businesses to help their recovery from the pandemic.

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