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. Hi Gail,

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

  3. 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….

  4. 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!

  5. I am so excited! Been active in our large group and looking forward to building a network closer to home!

  6. Thank you for having me, I’ve made a lot of new friends in my neighborhood thanks to b.n. It has been a wonderful privilege to share what I have. As well as others sharing with me. I look forward to upgrading to admin.

  7. Thank you for adding me on to this group. I am excited to become a part of the admin team!!

  8. Read it and thank you for adding me to this group! I am looking forward to being an admin!

  9. I am so excited to start a Buy Nothing Group here, Have read the Mission and principles. I’ll be interested to see how to find another admin to join me – wait, that’s going to be obvious once this group goes live, isn’t it?

  10. So happy you’re starting a new group Bobi! If you don’t have a co-admin starting the group with you, there will hopefully be another group member who is interested in helping out once they see everything in motion. It’s super common 🙂

  11. I was a member of the Buy Nothing Group in Santa Monica, CA and loved the sharing and community. Earlier this year, we moved to England, just outside of London. Looking forward to creating a group here!

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