Here & There Makers – Caring for People and the Planet sells zero waste, upcycled, fair trade and handmade products created both locally and globally.
Here and There Makers is the brainchild of Michelle Gates. Her heart for others and for the planet is evident, and HTM is both a passion and a long-held dream to run a zero waste, environmentally aware business that also helps to make things better for real people.
One of our favourite sections of the store is the refill option on a wide range of consumables ranging from washing powder to citric acid, and shampoo. Washing powder blended in store, in refillable glass containers is one of our favourites – with eucalyptus which makes every wash smell amazing.
Recently expanded, the store features gifts and every day reusable items along side products created in their workshop supporting Days for Girls.
Here and There makers is for people who actively want to live more sustainably and reduce their waste output.
Their financial purpose is to provide support to Days for Girls Ferntree Gully who provide sustainable sanitary hygiene kits, health education and micro enterprise to women in need around the world while educating and enabling their community to have a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
The store is operated as a social enterprise, with 100% of profits going to fund the workshop space for Days for Girls.
Days for Girls
In 2015, Michelle visited East Timor and saw first hand the positive impact that can be made as she provided training, sewing machines and kits to a shelter for abused girls.
Around the world, girls and women resort to using rags, mattress stuffing, banana leaves, feathers, and even cow dung to manage their menstruation. Days for Girls provides a safe, beautiful, washable, and long-lasting alternatives she can count on month after month — along with vital health education.
Volunteering link: https://hereandtheremakers.com/pages/volunteering