Kelowna man encouraging others to ‘purchase nothing’ with Fb group | iNFOnews


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May 23, 2022 – 6:00 PM

Tired of marketplace ads to buy buy buy? This group is promoting buying nothing.

Johnny Mack, creator of the Buy Nothing – Kelowna Facebook group roughly six months ago and since then it’s grown to include roughly 500 members.

“There was something going like that in New York and at heart I’m a hippy, I’m definitely about the earth and sustainable resources and as I mentioned… I buy too much and I know everyone else does, it just makes sense just to try to do something different to help keep stuff out of the waste,” he said.

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While there are various free groups around the Thompson Okanagan, none come with the title of buying nothing.

The group is focusing on helping residents clear out the old things they don’t use, giving a second life to something as well as trying to keep emissions down by trading locally instead of paying to ship something across the country, he said.

So far, there’s been a variety of what’s been posted for free and Mack has given away old sneakers and a bedframe he wasn’t using.

“I’m very into sneaker restorations and stuff like that, so buying something old and fixing it up (is) kind of what my page is like,” he said.

The group has been shared around by Chickpeace Zero Waste Refillery, a Kelowna zero waste store.

“If everybody just does a little bit, it makes a big difference,” he said.

It’s hard to say if there’s a growing interest in “buying nothing” as the group is still small but Mack has high hopes the group will gain in popularity.

“I think this platform could be positive and I hope it continues to grow and continues doing what it’s doing,” he said.


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