These Buy Nothing groups, which offer a way to trade goods with neighbors and reduce spending and waste, are a fantastic idea.

A few years ago, Melissa Holguin Pineda decided to spend a summer in Seattle with her cousin. She brought a duffel bag, the clothes she was wearing and little else to a place that was almost entirely new to her. She wanted to connect with the unfamiliar city, and her cousin pointed her to something that essentially furnished her entire apartment in Green Lake: a Buy Nothing group.

It’s too bad they use Facebook as a platform, but there are plans to change that and build their own service.

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