Mission & Principles

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.

Principles:

  • 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.

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 Your 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.

Interested in getting in touch with us? Fill out our Member Feedback Form.

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  1. Hi Peggy,

    To participate in the Buy Nothing Project, where you can give freely, share creatively and ask for anything you’d like to receive for free or borrow; you’ll need to find and join the group in your neighborhood from this list: https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ which is updated frequently.

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  2. Hi Leslie,

    To participate in the Buy Nothing Project, where you can give freely, share creatively and ask for anything you’d like to receive for free or borrow; you’ll need to find and join the group in your neighborhood from this list: https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ which is updated frequently.

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  3. Live on doliva dr San Diego looking for anything that would help for my new place. My ex kicked me and my kids out so we had to do the best we can to get an apartment right away and now we are struggling to pay for it and things we need

  4. All of the Buy Nothing Project groups use Facebook, yes … and people often ask us why we chose Facebook as our platform for The Buy Nothing Project. 1) It’s free; 2) Most of our friends and neighbors are on Facebook; and 3) It’s transparent.

    Transparency is the key ingredient to keeping a gift economy sustainable over time. Though there are some limitations to Facebook, the Buy Nothing Project is a network of groups completely run by Volunteers, without a budget (or time) to put the effort required into developing and maintaining a stand-alone site at this time.

    Thanks for your interest in the Project!

  5. Hi Valerie,

    To participate in the Buy Nothing Project, where you can give freely, share creatively and ask for anything you’d like to receive for free or borrow; you’ll need to find and join the group in your neighborhood.

    Did you find your hyper-local Buy Nothing community group? Please have a look at the list, and copy/paste the link for your neighborhood into your browser, which will then give you an option to ‘request to join.’

    https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group

    Also if you have already sent a request to join, there is a chance someone has already sent you a Facebook message.

    Remember to check your message folders in addition to the in-box.
    Filtered (Other): https://www.facebook.com/messages/filtered
    Message Requests: https://www.facebook.com/messages/requests

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  6. Thanks for allowing me to join this community. We bought our house in 2007 and love our neighborhood because of the people and the easy going nature of most folks we meet… I look forward to meeting some of you soon.

  7. I would like to join. I live in north REDONDO beach zip 90278. Please let me know ifI am accepted. Vijaya

  8. Hi Vijaya,

    Did you find the hyper-local Buy Nothing community group for your area? Below is the link for our groups in California just copy/paste the link for your neighborhood into your browser, which will then give you an option to ‘request to join.’

    https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/#CA

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  9. Hi Sandy,

    To participate in the Buy Nothing Project, where you can give freely, share creatively and ask for anything you’d like to receive for free or borrow; you’ll need to find and join the group in your neighborhood from this list: https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ which is updated frequently.
    You would post your asks *in* your local group.

    Best of luck with your search for tops, or kimono jackets!

  10. Cutting out the middle man and the tax man all while doing something nice for others and fostering community. What could be better than that? How refreshing. Thank You!

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