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Just Start The Giving

Just Start The Giving

By Liesl Clark Giving is complicated. There’s a growing perception among many of us that only the “haves” can give, only those who have excess or more than enough can contribute. No one would want what the “have nots” could offer. Wrong. At The Buy Nothing Project, we’re a collection of local gift economies that […]

Letter From a BN Admin

Letter From a BN Admin

By Lissa Jagodnik As promised, I’d like to share this little story about how the Buy Nothing Project has impacted my life. This is Hans Olo. Hans is a foster dog, living with me while the Woof Project finds him a permanent home. Originally, he was picked up as a stray dog in California somewhere. […]

The Little Teapot

The Little Teapot

By Laura James I grew up part of my youth in E. Washington and am very familiar with the Barter Faire, where you trade items that you made or have, for other items that someone else made or has. This is different. It is not about ‘getting things for free’, its about redistribution of stuff […]

My Buy Nothing Experiment

My Buy Nothing Experiment

By Jeff Wenker It’s easy to explain why The Buy Nothing Project has meant so much to me: Fun. Example: someone on my local Buy Nothing Bainbridge Facebook page asked for a toilet paper roll thingy. I’d just seen a toilet paper roll springy thingy in my Junk Drawer (not to be confused with drawers […]

Buy Nothing Groups = Random Acts of Kindness All Day Long

Buy Nothing Groups = Random Acts of Kindness All Day Long

By Liesl Clark When people ask me what a Buy Nothing group really looks like, I tell them it’s a Facebook group that’ll give you a hands-on chance to take part in a social movement spreading across the country, enabling people and communities to commit episodic acts of daily good together. It’s rather an improvement […]

A Buy Nothing Birthday

A Buy Nothing Birthday

By Liesl Clark Did you know that according to many sources, parents spend — on average — between $200 – $400 on a child’s birthday? For $200, reportedly, you can have a “no-frills” birthday. And for a mere $400 you can wow the neighbor’s kids. Well, I tried an experiment this year for our 8-year-old’s […]