Buy Nothing

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There are magical local groups on Facebook where you give and receive gifts from your neighbors. There is absolutely no selling or money changing hands. It’s a hyper-local gift economy, and it’s helping to divert waste from landfills and promote re-use.

It’s called the Buy Nothing Project and there are groups all over the world. I often try to explain the concept but people still have trouble grasping that such a group really exists. It not only works, it works well, and I’ve been a member of my local group for many years now. I’ve received various items such as a chair, tickets to a local flower show, a tile cutter, and other random useful things. I’ve given away stuff I no longer want or need, such as old bikes, uneaten cat foods rejected by Miss Kitty and Mitzi, video games for a console we no longer have, and much more. 

It is organized via private Facebook groups for local neighborhoods. You must live within the boundaries of your local group to join. There are Admins who add people to the group as well as make sure everything runs smoothly.

Have something you no longer need? Post a picture of it in the group. Those who are interested will comment, saying they would like to be considered for your gift. You pick whoever you want to receive it. See something you like? Leave a comment, such as ‘I would love to be considered for this!’. If you are picked, then you send a private message to the giver to arrange a date and time to pick it up. You can also ask for items as well.

Still seem too good to be true? It’s not! Here are some real-life examples (edited for privacy reasons) that help to illustrate how it works in real life. 

For more information, or to find or start a local group, visit

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