Charnetta Barnes was moving house when a friend mentioned a Facebook group where people were giving away all kinds of things. Signing up for her neighborhood Buy Nothing group, she found the furniture and kitchen supplies she needed but couldn’t afford. Barnes is part of a growing movement that started in 2013 as a hyperlocal network of “circular gift economies” but now has 4.3 million members in 44 countries. While Liesl Clark and Rebecca Rockefeller founded Buy Nothing with a focus on reducing plastics waste, its mission is as much about promoting abundance as about buying less.“There’s so much out there,” Clark said, from raw materials like vegetables to manufactured goods headed for a landfill or Goodwill.

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