Start a Group

© Liesl Clark

© Liesl Clark

Want a Buy Nothing group in your own neighborhood?

The Buy Nothing Project is made up of a worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies. Official groups are set up on Facebook using our copyright protected documents, artwork and images so that every branch of our network operates under the same Mission and guiding Principles. Please do not set these groups up yourself.

Every volunteer in the Buy Nothing Project is similarly connected. We all commit to uphold, through example and explanation, the Mission of the Buy Nothing Project, and to collaborate with other admins within the network to strengthen our communities and the Buy Nothing Project as a whole. Find out more about the responsibilities of being a Buy Nothing Project Admin here.

Here’s how we can set up your new group for you:

  1. Let us know that you would like to steward a group for your community by filling out the form at the bottom of this page. We will be in touch with you to discuss the geographical area for your group, and then we’ll set it up for you. Since you know your region better than we do, think about what area makes sense as a single group. You’ll want an area large enough to gather members, but not so geographically large that it will be difficult for members to connect in person.
  2. Each group will need one or two volunteers. As you collaborate with a Buy Nothing Project Development admin, consider asking a neighbor to join you in this endeavor. All of our admins must have a Facebook account. If you do not have one, you’ll need to create one in order to get started. Once we have your group set up, we will invite you to join, and then promote you to “Admin” status. We will introduce you to your Regional Admin, and we will invite you to join our Buy Nothing Project Admin groups, where our admins communicate, collaborate and contribute to the Project as a whole.
  3. Once the group is set up and we have introduced you to the rest of the Admin team, we will add your group to the Find-A-Group page, and  you will start getting requests to join! We encourage you to invite your neighbors, and talk about the Buy Nothing Project wherever you go!

That’s it!  After that, you just start posting!  We encourage all of our admins to set an example by posting offers and requests, as well as informative posts and helpful tips.   You will find examples to get you started in our Admin groups.

Once you send us a request to start a new group, give us a few days to respond to you and then be sure to check your email “spam” folder, as well as your Facebook “message requests” and “filtered” folder in case we reach out to you via Facebook.

Filtered (Other):https://www.facebook.com/messages/other
Message Requests:https://www.facebook.com/messages/pending

Keep in mind that this project is made up entirely of  volunteers,  many with families and jobs, and there has recently been a huge influx of new-group requests. Thanks in advance for your patience!

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  1. […] A frequent recipient of praise from me, the Buy Nothing Project harmoniously aligns the ethos of local community, reusing, anti-consumerism, and kind heartedness. It’s an international organization with local branches that facilitate giving away items to one’s neighbors, all via Facebook groups. Check here to see if there’s a Buy Nothing branch in your area. If there’s not, consider starting your own. […]

  2. This is a wonderful way to bring communities together for a positive effect in everyones life.

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