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Fast Facts
Buy Nothing community members
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Why we exist

We exist for the sole purpose of building community.

We believe a gift economy's real wealth is the people involved and the web of connections that form to support them.

What we stand for
Kindness. Caring for our Environment. Inclusion and Equity. Building Locally. Sustainability. Strength in Diversity.
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In a nutshell:

BuyNothing offers people a way to give and receive, share, lend, and express gratitude through a worldwide gift economy network in which the true wealth is the web of connections formed between people. We believe that communities are more resilient, sustainable, equitable, and joyful when they have functional gift economies.


  • We believe our hyper-local groups strengthen the social fabric of their communities, and ensure the health and vitality of each member.
  • We come from a place of abundance ~ not scarcity.
  • We believe in abundance, we give, we ask, we share, we lend and we express gratitude.
  • We are a gift economy, not a charity. We see no difference between want and need, waste and treasure.
  • We do not buy, sell, trade, barter, or otherwise exchange money for items or services.
  • We measure wealth by the personal connections made and trust between people.
  • We value people and their stories and narratives above the ‘stuff.’
  • We are inclusive at our core.
  • We value honesty and integrity in all our interactions.
  • We view all gifts as equal; the human connection is the value.
  • We believe every community has the same wealth of generosity and abundance.
Our origins story
We made a discovery that changed our lives.
We started as two friends, Rebecca and Liesl, with our kids on a Pacific Northwest beach where we realized that much of the beachscape around us was washed-up plastic, plastics of every shape, color and size. We spent years collecting and inventorying those plastics and learned that they come from each of us, from our homes, our cars, our workplaces. They wash down our watersheds into our oceans. We started the Buy Nothing Project in an effort to stave off pervasive plastics in every ecosystem on Earth by encouraging each of us to Buy Less and share more.

A community-building social movement was born.
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