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.


  • 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. Thank you for adding me.
    I truly feel this is a wonderful idea!
    Thank you for providing us with this opportunity!

  2. Forgive me for jumping right in to the group without acknowledging the rules and principles of the group. This is such great idea. I love it and look forward to getting acquainted with my neighbors. Thank you for the add.

  3. Thanks much for the oppertunity to share with and meet my neighbors in such a kind and pure way🤗 I love the philosophy and mission of this group and am so excited to find things or other ways to give💗
    Looking forward to buying nothing and giving what others might need😊

  4. I am so glad that someone is now organizing via internet something I have been doing all my life..if I have 2…and I dont use 2 then I have more than I need and will gladly share with those who need 1.

  5. Congrats on the idea and im happy you are the first in EP. Just curious.. what if you lend something of high value and never get it back? Is there any liability insurance that this program will apply if this happens?


  6. Hi Angel,

    Our members participate in our Facebook groups at their own risk, as they do in any other Facebook group. All interactions are between adults, and they are responsible for any outcomes that result from participation in our groups.

    Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

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