In an effort to reach even more people around the globe to join in the sharing economy, the Buy Nothing Project is expanding beyond Facebook on to their own free BuyNothing platform! The all volunteer-run social movement, started on Bainbridge Island, WA in 2013 by Rebecca Rockefeller and Liesl Clark has grown to 4 million participants worldwide, in over 6000 Facebook groups and 44 nations. Twelve thousand volunteers currently steward the Buy Nothing Project’s local gift economy open-source rules and standards, bringing the sharing mindset to people in 37 languages. The new BuyNothing custom platform will be for all devices, including laptops, smart phones and tablets. Everyone can sign up for the app at https://www.buynothingapp.com/
“It’s clear that collectively our ‘consumer muscle’ has been overused, and we want to show the world that it’s possible to use that muscle in revolutionary ways: by sharing more, buying less, and creating a social safety net with our neighbors so we can pool resources and share radically for the common good,” said app co-founder Liesl Clark.
Rebecca and Liesl have teamed up with Lucas Rix (software product strategist) and Tunji Williams (software entrepreneur) to craft a more equitable sharing experience for all Buy Nothing Project participants with the best technology available out there. For more details about the app and to connect with the app’s founders, please send your media inquiries to [email protected]
Over the nearly 8 years the Buy Nothing Project has been in existence, millions of dollars-worth of goods and services have been shared and countless tons of perfectly reusable items have been diverted from landfills. The app will ultimately enable us to quantify how much each community is saving from landfills and incinerators, with each participant saving money while building priceless bonds with neighbors nearby.
This May, the Buy Nothing Project will launch the beta BuyNothing app on the Apple and Google App Stores to select communities around the world. And soon after that they will launch to everyone, and on every device. The global waitlist for the app has organically grown to over 12,000 participants in 2 months, and continues to grow exponentially week-over-week. You will soon be able to Give, Ask, Borrow, Lend, and express your Gratitude on a platform built for any community, where we each can develop features that are perfect for expanding the gift economy mindset worldwide.
Reach out to the BuyNothing app team to learn more and to join us!
Signup to join our Global Launch Waitlist
Interested in our May Beta Launch?
Sign up for our Beta Launch (available in select locations)
Other links that may be helpful:
- FAQs about the BuyNothing App
- General information about the Buy Nothing Project
- FAQs about the Buy Nothing Project
Liesl, Rebecca, Tunji & Lucas
Co-Founders & Co-Volunteers
The Buy Nothing Project & The BuyNothing App