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Cashless gift economy app from Buy Nothing Project soars in popularity

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TAMPA, Fla. — Wouldn’t it be nice this holiday season to spend no money on yourself or anyone else in your group? There is now an app for that.

The nonprofit Buy Nothing Project launched their first app for Apple and Android on Buy Nothing Day or Black Friday for the big spenders out there.

Since the nonprofit launched in 2013, they’ve grown to more than 4 million members — the pandemic fueling the most recent uptick.

“But when the lockdown started in March 2020, our membership grew by 2 million participants,” Sheroes Badruddin, a media volunteer for Buy Nothing Project, said. “In that time, we’ve been able to develop an app so that others may join who don’t wish to stay on Facebook to participate.”

Badruddin said she gifted a lot of her time and energy to help build her Facebook community. Volunteers run the nonprofit to save money, support their communities while reducing waste, reusing items, and recycling. But that doesn’t mean Baddruddin hasn’t received some big-ticket items.

“I’ve gotten an elliptical, bookcases. I recently got a sofa, I told you, I just moved into a new place. But, we needed a place to sit. So I logged into my group, and […]

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