10 Rules

The Buy Nothing Project Mission & Rules 

Give, receive, lend, share, and show gratitude in hyper-local gift economies, where the true wealth is the connections between real neighbors. https://buynothingproject.org/the-fine-print-2/ 

Participate as yourself/One group

Each group is open to all adults living within that group’s boundaries, and each member may only join one group in the network. Members use their personal Facebook profiles (no business accounts).

Keep it legal 

Anything legal is allowed as a gift/ask. Follow all national and local laws, as well as Facebook’s Community Guidelines/Regulated Goods list. https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards/regulated_goods 

Show your humanity 

Cruelty, harassment, and hate speech will not be tolerated. Difficult conversations are welcome, in line with the Community Agreement here: https://bit.ly/2UeLnf3 and/or in your group files.

All members participate at their own risk 

The Buy Nothing Project, Founders and Administrators accept no responsibility or legal liability for any loss, damage, illness, or injury arising out of group activities.

Build trust

Trust is the foundation of this gift economy. Act with honesty and empathy, using each interaction to build community. Stealing is prohibited. Don’t pressure others via private message.

Give freely

All gifts must be given without any strings attached and without any expectation of reward other than the joy of giving. No buying, selling, bartering, or trading.

Give from your own abundance

Resist the urge to post referrals/recommendations to outside organizations (even charitable ones), local businesses or service providers, or suggestions of where a neighbor can buy or find something.

We are a gift economy  

This is not the place to buy, sell, rent, trade, barter, advertise, market or request cash donations or loans. Ask your local group Admin for the voucher/coupon/gift card policy.    

Ask, give, and share creatively 

Our focus is on freely gifted goods and services. We believe in abundance, simply ask for what you want. And share your gratitude! 

Most recent update: 8 September 2020