Questions about Facebook Groups
How do I join a Buy Nothing Facebook group?
Download the app! See links at bottom.

Or if you prefer to join a Facebook BN Group, go to Facebook and search your area for The Buy Nothing Project and follow directions there.
I'm trying to get into a Buy Nothing Facebook group, but have not been added to the group. How can I get in?
Short Answer: Download the app! See links at bottom.

Long Answer: We're sorry that it's taking so long for your volunteer local admins to add you to the Buy Nothing group. Please know that we are not in the Facebook groups and they are locally managed. Do try to reach out to the admins of the group directly. But also, you can join and help grow your local gift economy through our BuyNothing app! This free app is custom designed specifically for Buy Nothing gift economies and sharing wherever you are. Just spread the word with your local neighbors and you’ll have an instant sharing community around you. To download the app, see the links at the bottom of this page.
I've been removed/muted from my Buy Nothing group on Facebook, how can I participate in my local gift economy?
Short Answer: Download the app, silly! See links at bottom.

Long Answer: We're sorry that your volunteer local admin removed you from your Buy Nothing group. We are not in the Buy Nothing Facebook groups, as they are locally managed. This is one of the reasons we have developed the new BuyNothing app, to take pressure off of admins and allow anyone to join their local gift economy. To download the app, see the links at the bottom of this page.
I do not live within the boundaries of the nearest Buy Nothing Facebook group, how can I participate in Buy Nothing?
Short Answer: Download the app! See links at bottom.

Long Answer: Many of the Buy Nothing Facebook groups have a defined boundary for the sharing that goes on within the group and it’s up to the volunteer admins of that group to decide how rigorously they want to hold to those parameters. But please know that you can join and grow your local gift economy right now through our new BuyNothing app which anyone can join. To download the app, see the links at the bottom of this page.
I noticed the link for my local Facebook Buy Nothing group is not working. How can I participate in Buy Nothing?
Short Answer: Download the app! See links at bottom.

Long Answer: The broken link means that the Buy Nothing group has been archived, due to inactivity and the lack of a local person able to admin the group. We have an app, however, so you can participate in your local gift economy right away! Just start posting gives, asks and tell your friends and neighbors to join you, too. The app is accessible to everyone on a smartphone and we’re developing a web version so you can access it via your computer, soon. We know it will grow over time as people learn more about it and start sharing wherever they are. We hope to see you there. To download the app, see the links at the bottom of this page.
I'd like to report a Buy Nothing admin who has been difficult do deal with. What can I do?
Short Answer: Download the app! See links at bottom.

Long Answer: Many thanks for reaching out to us. We are not in the Buy Nothing Facebook groups themselves as they are all locally run. We have lots of resources with regards to building an equitable local gift economy and the Community Agreement, written by the Buy Nothing Project's Equity Team, is one that all Facebook participants, including admins, should be adhering to. We recommend reaching out to this admin, educating your community with the resources we provide below, and finding allies within your community who may speak up about these issues, too. Buy Nothing Facebook groups are for the whole community and each admin's role is to serve their community.

We have developed the BuyNothing app to empower us each to build the kind of local gift economy we'd like to see. Please know that all community members can join and grow an equitable local gift economy through the app which anyone can join.

We also encourage all gift economy participants to take our free Buy Nothing Academy online to learn how to bring Buy Nothing to life in your community. Anyone can build a gift economy, and our website provides free tools anyone can use to do this. Here are some resources specifically written for dealing with conflicts in Buy Nothing Facebook groups.


I'd like to start a Buy Nothing local gift economy on Facebook. How do I do that?
Short Answer: Download the app instead! See links at bottom.

Long Answer: If you're trying to start a Facebook Buy Nothing group, we have an optional online course called the Buy Nothing Academy that provides you with all the resources needed to steward a local gift economy. You then simply set up your group on Facebook (although of course we believe our own independent platform is much better suited for local sharing!) Facebook walks you through the steps to set up your group and we provide you with the resources that you can upload to your group via our Buy Nothing on Facebook page. You can find that page here: https://bnponfb.org/buy-nothing-on-facebook/ Please know that you can also join and grow your local gift economy through our new BuyNothing app, so you don’t have to set up a group on Facebook. The app is custom built specifically for local sharing, with new features -- all about Giving, Asking, and Gratitude -- added each month. To download the app, see the links below.
I'd like to participate in the Buy Nothing Project outside of Facebook. How can I do that?
Short Answer: Download the app! See links at bottom.

Shorter Answer: This is exactly what our free and independent app is for! You can also read our book, The Buy Nothing, Get Everything Plan, for even more information about building a Buy Nothing life offline.