A friend recently invited me to join a local buy nothing group on Facebook, which I thought was just a random “give stuff away group.” After being in the group for a while, I learned that the Buy Nothing Project is a worldwide social movement that has a great way of building community.
Per the buy nothing website, “The Buy Nothing Project began when two friends, Rebecca Rockefeller and Liesl Clark, created an experimental hyper-local gift economy on Bainbridge Island, WA, in July, 2013. Since then, it has become a worldwide social movement, with groups in 44 nations.”
The idea of the Buy Nothing project is to create a gift economy right where you live with the people who you interact with every day. You can post things to give, share, or lend. You can ask for things you need without judgment, and show appreciation for your community. You can (in real-time) implement reduce, reuse, recycle. You can volunteer your time or ask for help in any other capacity.
The Buy Nothing Project has set rules, but they aren’t hard to follow. Just be sure you read the requirements for your area before you participate. Each group has a map that outlines the area it covers. You must live or spend the majority of your time in that area in order to join that group. This ensures the gifts stay local, and makes receiving and gifting easier as travel is reduced. You may only join 1 group at a time.
The groups run via Facebook groups and can be found all over, including Columbia. All you have to do is request to join and answer the questions.
The Columbia area groups are: