Mission & Principles

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Our Buy Nothing Project Mission:

We offer people a way to give and receive, share, lend, and express gratitude through a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies in which the true wealth is the web of connections formed between people who are real-life neighbors.


  • 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 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 and civil 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.

Join Us:
Buy Nothing: Give Freely. Share Creatively. Post anything you’d like to give away, lend, or share among neighbors. Ask for anything you’d like to receive for free or borrow. Keep it legal. Keep it civil. No buying or selling, no trades or bartering, no soliciting for cash. We’re an adult-only, hyper-local gift economy. We are not a charity or community bulletin board.

By joining a Buy Nothing Project group, you agree to abide by our Mission and Rules.

You can join one group only, the group where you live so you can literally “give where you live.” This is what builds community.

Brought to you by The Buy Nothing Project. Looking for a group near you? Visit our Find a Group page. Want to join the Buy Nothing Project network and there’s no group in your area? Visit our Start a Group page to learn about how we set groups up.

© 2015 Liesl Clark and Rebecca Rockefeller
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223 comments on “Mission & Principles

  1. Excited to be in this group

    • Thank you for adding me. Ive just read all about thus group including mission & rules.im so excited to be a part of this.

  2. This is awesome!!! Thanks for the add 😉🤗

  3. Thanks for adding me! Excited to be a part of this group!

  4. Thanks for the add

  5. ❤️

  6. Thank you

  7. Thank you for the add! I love helping others with things i no longer need!

  8. Thank you for adding me.

  9. Thanks!

  10. Would like to be add to the group so I can help other and receive help too.

  11. Thanks for the add. What a beautiful concept.

  12. Thank you

  13. 👍 Got it Thank you 😍

  14. Thank you for adding me, I live in baring

  15. Thank you for adding me to the group

  16. Thank you for the add .!!!!

  17. Thanks for adding me to the group.

  18. How fo I find a group? Zip 10011.
    Chelsea, NYC

    • Hi LeCee,

      Did you find your hyper-local Buy Nothing community group? Please check this list (which is updated frequently) for the groups in New York, and click the link for your neighborhood, which will then give you an option to ‘request to join.’ https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/#NY

      Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  19. I LOVE this idea!! I just joined. I’ve lots to gift. I’ve been too busy to start listing. But I’m Excited to get rolling soon….

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