Back in the pre-internet days, if you were cleaning out your cupboards and found five empty jars, a can of beans you were never going to use and some mystery kitchen tools, you’d have to decide whether you were going to add them to the landfill, transport them to a donation site, pawn them off on unsuspecting guests or leave them in the cupboard for another 5 years. But thanks to the Buy Nothing Project , people with excess stuff can conveniently rehome it to neighbors in an online group. Same goes for those in need of something. They can ask neighbors for, say, a pair of size seven rollerskates or a cat-climbing structure. As the official Buy Nothing website stresses, “The rules are simple: Post anything you’d like to give away, lend, or share amongst neighbors. Ask for anything you’d like to receive for free or borrow. Keep it legal. No hate speech. No buying or selling, no trades or bartering, we’re strictly a gift economy.” Behind the scenes in the Buy Nothing Project It all started when friends Liesl Clark and Rebecca Rockefeller started the first Buy Nothing group in their community, an island in the Salish […]

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