The Buy Nothing Home
A hands-on guide to living the good life.

The Buy Nothing Home is the perfect companion for your full Buy Nothing life. Read your way through our Buy Nothing Home guide, room-by-room, pick out options to try, then use the BuyNothing app to post your Gives, Asks, and Gratitude to your neighbors.


We like to explain a Buy Nothing life in 7 different actions: 

  • Give
  • Ask
  • Reuse & Refuse
  • Reflect
  • Make & Fix
  • Share, Lend & Borrow
  • Gratitude

Our Buy Nothing Home guide has a mixture of suggestions from all of these actions. The ideas here are a starting point, and we’d love to hear your ideas and discoveries! 

Post pictures of your progress and inspire others to join the movement! If you use at least one of these hashtags with your posts, we can find each other online: #BuyNothingProject #BuyNothingHome #BuyNothingGetEverything #BuyNothing

Yours in BuyNothing-ing,

Liesl & Rebecca

Do you want to shift to a Buy Nothing lifestyle, living within a local sustainable economy of goods and services, with more joy and less waste in general? Wondering where to start? Feeling overwhelmed? We’d love to help!
How To Use This Guide: Our guide has ACTIONS, which are DIY tips, and simple RECIPES that we provide for each room. Try them, modify them, and do what works best for you!

We’ve learned a lot about how to change our own habits and perspectives over the past decade, and we’d like to offer this bit of advice: Please, don’t try to do everything at once! Choose just one ACTION, the one that seems the easiest or most appealing to you, and give it a try. Adapt our ideas as necessary for your own household and lifestyle and keep at that one first change until it’s second nature, or until you’re excited to add another action.

Remember that joy and pride are much better motivating emotions in the long run than guilt and shame. Find one first action here that addresses something you’d be happy to change because it’s driving you crazy, or something that you’d be proud to accomplish. Find the joy and humor in taking control of your stuff, and celebrate every little change you make. Over time, these small steps and actions add up and can have a profound positive impact, both personally and globally.

First things first...
Be sure to download the BuyNothing app and set up your account. If you’re in a Buy Nothing Facebook group, that’s ok, too! We like to point people to the app because we’re going to be tallying the numbers of items saved from the landfill, tracking each community’s impact. We can only do this in the app and we’d love to invite you to help us. Learning about, and tracking, our behavior on our own platform will enable us all to build something powerful as it’ll show us how we’re doing with environmental impact as well as the numbers of unique connections we’re making in our communities. These two metrics: 1) waste saved and 2) relationships-forged are key to our social movement’s collective impact on the planet.

We thank each of you for taking action!
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