BuyNothing App

Official app of the Buy Nothing Project. 

We exist for the sole purpose of building community through sharing.


We've officially launched our closed beta app (email invite only).

If you live in one of these communities, Confirm Signup to receive an invite.

Bainbridge Island, WA, USA.  (LIVE)

Duck Island/Green Lake, Seattle, WA, USA

Gawler, SA, Australia
Windsor Park, Austin, TX, USA
Del Ray, Alexandria, VA, USA
Porter Ranch, Northridge, Los Angeles, CA, USA
South Windsor, CT, USA
Esquimalt, Victoria, BC, Canada 

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Origin Story: The Buy Nothing Project

Buy Nothing. Give Freely. Share Creatively.

We started as a social experiment. Together, we became an international movement.

The Buy Nothing Project began when two friends, Rebecca and Liesl, 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. Local groups form gift economies that are complementary and parallel to local cash economies; whether people join because they’d like to quickly get rid of things that are cluttering their lives, or simply to save money by getting things for free, they quickly discover that our groups are not just another free recycling platform. A gift economy’s real wealth is the people involved and the web of connections that forms to support them. Time and again, members of our groups find themselves spending more and more time interacting in our groups, finding new ways to give back to the community that has brought humor, entertainment, and yes, free stuff into their lives. The Buy Nothing Project is about setting the scarcity model of our cash economy aside in favor of creatively and collaboratively sharing the abundance around us.

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Countries and 37 Languages

4 Million

Community Members


Active Communities


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