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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.

This commitment includes:

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.

Join one group only, the group where you live so you can literally “give where you live.” This is what builds community.

Find out more about the responsibilities of being a Buy Nothing Project Admin here.

Every Buy Nothing Project Admin lives in the hyper-local area where their group is located.

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.

  3. Geordie

    Great for the communities,

  4. I’m in Central Mississippi

  5. Please email me at jbotelho515@gmail.com
    Id really like to start a group in this area im a big believer in prepping and living off grid but also more importantly id like to help people aquire needs

    • Hi Joe!
      If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community (check this list which is updated frequently https://buynothingproject.org/find-a-group/ ), we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

      Let us know if you’re interested, please fill out the form you will find on the page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond.

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

      Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  6. HI, I put in a request a week ago to start a ‘Buy Nothing’ for my region and no response. I was informed there was nothing in my area.

    • Hi Amanda!

      If you have already filled out the form on the page in the following link, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond.

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

      Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  7. Thank you for understanding that I didn’t know how to do this! I had to have help!

  8. I was very excited to learn about this,I work in retail and a customer and I were having a conversation about life,struggles and how each individual can change the world with simple acts of kindness,she told me about this group and my heart just jumped with so much joy and excitement.

  9. I would like to start a group

    • Hi Rachel!

      If you haven’t done so already please fill out the form you will find on the Start A Group page, linked below. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond.

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

      Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  10. I would like to start a group her4e in john day Oregon please help me with starting on thank you very much

    • Hi Joyce!

      If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet in your community, we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

      If you’re interested, please fill out the form you will find on the Start A Group page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond.

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

      Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  11. This sounds amazing. When looking through the cities on the list, I became aware that there is not a group in my area. I would really like to start a group in my town. Please get back to me. Thank you.

    • Hi Kimberly!

      If there isn’t a Buy Nothing group yet for your area, we’d love to see a gift economy started where you are. We just need a local volunteer to join us as admin (our entire network is run by volunteers).

      If you’re interested, and you haven’t done so yet, please fill out the form you will find on the Start A Group page in the following link. Once you have done so, the Development Admin for your area will contact you. Please have patience, this process is done in our volunteers’ free time, as such a reply may take some time, but I assure you they will respond.

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

      Thanks for your interest in our social experiment!

  12. This is a wonderful idea. I often have extra produce from gardens and hate to see it go to waste. I love sharing!

    • Hi Rachel!

      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. How generous of you wanting to share your extra produce!

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