Buy Nothing Groups are now in every neighbourhood in Vancouver.
Cayla introduced Mary to Buy Nothing Project just over a year ago.
Both are now administrators on their neighbourhood Buy Nothing Groups – Marpole and Kitsilano respectively.
These are facebook groups where people give stuff away and ask for what they need. And, importantly, express their gratitude. The third kind of post is what keeps the community building part in the forefront.
Recently CityTV visited a Buy Nothing “free store” that Mary coordinated. Watch the video here:Kitsilano is the largest group in Vancouver and has recently helped to mentor volunteers and promote new groups in West Point Grey and Dunbar/Kerrisdale.
Do you want to declutter without contributing to the landfill?
Want to meet some nice people who also want to live a simpler lifestyle and care about the environment?
We had our first Bunz mini-meetup last May. Cayla Naumann brought some of her items and Mary had plants to share. Both shared their perspectives on the Bunz app and how it contributes to waste reduction. Cayla went home with some herbs; Mary got a mini tarot deck and book, We all had fun! Some reusable name tags donated for UCV events.
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Here’s what Cayla posted on our zero waste email group:
- Another Unitarian shared this with me and I’ve recently been using the Bunz app (and there’s a Facebook group too) and really enjoying it. The whole idea is to ‘trade’, no cash exchanges. You can also offer services or less conventional trades. Pretty cool idea and way to reduce waste, consumerism and build community. They do have a BTZ currency as another option. Have you tried Bunz? My username is @catatonic489 https://bunzshare.page.link/tT
If you’ve every frequented (or have ever fantasized about) a “free store” – here’s a way to try it out.
We plan to set up some other meeting times to make pre-arranged trades and possibly bring extra stuff to browse at. Let email@example.com know if you’d like to participate.
Mary will be potting up some mint for bunz trades. Surprisingly mint plants got a lot of likes on bunz!
Any leftovers will be passed along to our Refugee Committee’s table for sale by donation.