Human Parts
Published in

Human Parts

This Is Us

How a ‘Buy Nothing’ Group Kept Me Human

It’s an alternative to waste—but also proof of life

Shelves of books in a quaint New England thrift store.
Photo: Catherine McQueen/Moment/Getty Images

“Need a vibrator?” I received this text from a neighbor after moving into my new apartment in downtown Manhattan last summer. Attached was a screenshot of a Facebook post advertising a free, unopened vibrator for pickup on my block.

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store