Start Your Buy Nothing Community
We'll walk you through the process of
becoming a Community Builder and
bringing Buy Nothing to life for your community
Step 1: Download the BuyNothing app
This is our free independent platform, custom-built to make it easy to share Give, Ask and Gratitude posts, to send pick-up directions and private messages, and to get the most from your Buy Nothing experience.

If you're on an iPhone, here's the link for the BuyNothing app in the App Store:

And if you're on Android, here's the link for you to download the BuyNothing app from Google Play:
Install BuyNothing
Step 2: Set Up Your Profile
Our Quick Start Guide will help you set up community location, sharing radius, profile and learn how to post. You can easily change your address and Community Settings at will, to match your movements around your community, as often as you'd like. Visit our Community page for more tips about these settings and other Buy Nothing features.
App Tips
Step 3: Join the Community Builder Support Forum
We have a forum for Community Builders (CBs), where you can connect with other CBs from around the world and with the Buy Nothing Project founding team for support, guidance, ideas, inspiration, and resources. This is where we announce important updates, new programs, and other news that you'll want and need. Click here to join us there!
Join Our Support Forum
Step 4: Graduate from the Buy Nothing Academy
Take our self-paced Buy Nothing Academy online to learn everything you need to know to bring Buy Nothing to life for yourself and your community in 7 Lessons. 
Buy Nothing Academy
Step 5: Build in Public
Now that your profile is set up, you're connected to the support of the Community Builder forum and you're a Buy Nothing Academy grad, you're ready to start building your Buy Nothing community!

It's time to Build in Public: Jump right into your community and get things going with a post of your own! Nothing builds Buy Nothing connections more quickly than a Community Builder setting the example by posting their own Gives, Asks & Gratitude. 

You'll find great sample posts and support from all of us in the Community Builders Forum - If your community is just getting started, it can take some courage to be the first to post. All of us in the Community Builder Forum will cheer you on if you need encouragement!
Step 6: Receive Your Community Builder Badge
Once you've shared at least 2 posts and 2 comments, we'll recognize you with a Community Builder Badge that attaches to your BuyNothing profile, so everyone can see you're serving your community in this way. Complete this form to receive your CB Badge.
Receive Your CB Badge
Step 7: Want to Build More Buy Nothing on Other Platforms Too?
If you're also interested in building a private Buy Nothing Community on Facebook in tandem with the BuyNothing app, we've got you. Visit this page and get your group started today!
Buy Nothing Private Group Set-Up