Membership Facebook Groups Exploding Nationwide on ‘Buy Nothing’ – Greeley Tribune

The Woodlands, Texas (CBS) — For many people, a popular way to mark the start of the new year. But instead of throwing away or donating unwanted items, a growing number of Americans are first giving them away to their neighbors for free. it’s part of buy nothing project, and subscriptions are exploding nationwide.


CBS This Morning’s Janet Shamilian went to The Woodlands, Texas to find out how the movement is offering so much more than just gift giving.

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Jordan Cheetham is stopping by at a neighbor’s house to give away a fondue pot he’s never used.

The mother of three found a taker for it on her local Buy Nothing Facebook group, which she helps run. In the last six months, she has been given “clothes, shoes, books and dishes”.


And even some pieces of furniture.

People post pictures of what they’re offering in their neighborhoods on the Buy Nothing Facebook group or through the Buy Nothing app.

Members can also ask for anything they need. Everything is donated without any strings attached – trading, bartering, buying or selling is not allowed.


Friends Lizelle Clark and Rebecca Rockefeller started the buy nothing movement in 2013.

“I think we were basically thinking, well, we can all introduce what we want to give into this hyperlocal gift economy and try to address the question of whether we have too much in our homes. Is it? Can we share our bounty?” Clark said.

They didn’t know then what was happening now. It is about decline and an excess of economic necessity.


“I’ve probably made many lasting friendships with this group and only with this group,” Cheetham said.

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But, perhaps the most important gift came when their daughter was born in October 2020.

Cheetham had to have an emergency C-section. She posted a desperate plea to her Buy Nothing group. “Formula? Baby not doing well on breast milk,” the post said.

The reaction stunned him.

“When I got home, my front porch and the inside was full of formula, I needed two or three months’ supply from at least 15 people,” Cheetham said. “It really shows that, you know, you’re never alone.”

Buy Nothing has spread to nearly 7,000 communities in more than 40 countries. The pandemic sparked a spike in membership, with more than 1.5 million people attending and the number of people participating in buy-nothing groups now topping the world.

“Ironically, here we were isolated, but we were getting to know our neighbors,” Clark said.

With record inflation and the stress of the pandemic, for some, buy nothing has become a financial and emotional lifeline.

“It brings more happiness to oneself, helping others,” Cheetham said.

To learn more about the Buy Nothing project, click here,

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CBS This Morning’s Janet Shamlian contributed to this report.

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