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Gift Economies Strengthen Communities

  • Faiza Elmasry

Recycling has become routine in communities around the world. Cans, bottles, old newspapers are collected and repackaged. Unwanted clothes and toys are passed along to families in need. Now, grassroots organizations have set up local networks, to reuse all sorts of items. In these 'gift economies,' neighbors advertise things they don't want, and ask for what they'd like to have, and donors and recipients are brought together. Faiza Elmasry tells us about one of these - the Buy Nothing Project - whose mission is to help people clear out clutter, save money, reduce waste and create connected communities. Faith Lapidus narrates.

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