I’ve been thinking a lot about consumerism and what it is doing to our lives. The impact on our planet is perhaps the most daunting thought. What happened to people sharing what they had and not buying seldom used, single task items?
I recently became aware of the Buy Nothing Project, a network of community-based groups in the United States and other countries. The focus is enabling communities to unite in an effort to save money and reduce waste. A Buy Nothing Group is hosted through Facebook for the purpose of advertising items that are no longer wanted or requesting items that are needed. Additionally, community members are able to offer skills and services to neighbors and those seeking help can reach out as well. Group members are not allowed to buy, trade or sell an item or service.
An element of the project includes the idea that we can all “give of ourselves” as we become more aware of the needs of the people in our communities. Beyond the exchange of items and services is the opportunity to know our neighbors better. By learning what would be an impactful gesture, like making and delivering a meal to a family going through a tough time, we become closer to the people we live near. If you take a look at buynothingproject.org, you’ll find inspiring stories about the creative and rewarding efforts people make and the responses of recipients.
Beyond the exchange of items and services is the opportunity to know our neighbors better.
Whether you live in the city or the suburbs, you have a community and maybe getting to know your neighbors, saving money and helping our planet will inspire you to find something to give. Information on the Buy Nothing Project website will help you establish a Buy Nothing Group of like-minded neighbors!