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Whether you’re looking to get something or give something, “Buy Nothing Groups” are an elegant and community-minded way to reduce waste. Upcycling is more than just trendy – it’s a way to save the earth and save money at the same time.

During the pandemic we noticed a surging in purging. Being stuck inside made a Marie Kondo life look pretty sweet. And many donation centers are still closed. So what to do with the things you’re no longer using?

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Likely there is someone in your community that would *love* to have those board games you don’t play anymore, the rug that doesn’t match your new sofa, or even the houseplant that’s wilting in that shady corner of the house. You post it, a neighbor picks it up and re-homes it. It’s win-win for days.

If you’re freshening up your home’s look or even doing a big renovation, you can find surprisingly quality items online. For FREE. In the past year, members of our team have scored a washer/dryer, light fixtures, cabinet pulls, and more. Instead of heading to the landfill, these items now have years of useful life ahead of them.

The “free” section on Craigslist is the OG, but Buy Nothing groups have taken this “one man’s trash…” idea to the next level. Click here for more info on how to find and join your local group, in San Francisco or elsewhere.

Soon you’ll be able to check out the photos of our team’s very own “Buy Nothing” kitchen renovation! It is currently underway, and is being done with as many upcycled products as we can find. To see the pics and the progress, follow us on Instagram @pacificedgesf.

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