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What is the “Buy Nothing” Project?

It sounds like the ultimate spending diet: buying nothing. If you haven’t heard of the concept, it’s spreading with Buy Nothing groups popping up throughout the world. Thank the Buy Nothing Project, a nonprofit organization with chapters now in 44 countries with more than 6,500 communities.

So what is the Buy Nothing movement, and should you join a local Buy Nothing group? Don’t worry: This isn’t a cult, and the concept doesn’t have to be taken to the extreme. Yes, you can still buy stuff. We’ll explain.

In 2013, two friends, Rebecca Rockefeller and Liesl Clark, created a gift-giving group on Bainbridge Island, Washington. The idea was that instead of bartering or offering gifts with strings attached, you’d just give away stuff you don’t want to people in your community who might be able to use it. And what do you get in return? Hopefully a nice thank you.

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