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The Challenges of Living Simply and Sustainably in My Tiny House

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Today I want to tell you about the challenges of living simply and sustainably in my tiny house.

Welcome to my tiny house in Orlando, Florida where I live simply and sustainably! I built this tiny house along with friends for under $1,500, with nearly 100% secondhand and repurposed materials and while creating near zero waste- just 30 pounds of trash!
This setup allows me to live simply so that I can dedicate my time to the service of others and the earth. It also serves as a demonstration site for those who desire to live simply and sustainably.

I have created an FAQ to answer most every question that has arisen about my tiny house. You can read that at http://www.robgreenfield.tv/tinyhousefaq

To learn about the build and more details you can watch this video and read this guide: http://robgreenfield.tv/tinyhousebuild/

Video filmed and edited by Brandon Kari http://brandonkari.com

Rob Greenfield is an adventurer, activist, and humanitarian for a sustainable and just world. He donates 100% of his media income to grassroots nonprofits. His YouTube channel is a source for all things sustainable living, off the grid, simple living, zero waste, tiny house, grow your own food, cycling, and green.

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kedanpie4409 says:

Did I just hear this man say I grow my own toilet paper. Next level!

PALAKAS Soluciones Naturales says:

Hi Rob! thank you for share your experience, you are a great example to the world!. Make detail videos about how it work your solar cooking, the biodigester and the bath. Saludos!

Awakened Son says:

Earth Code vs City Code. Brilliant.

Flora Pascalle says:

Thanks for being an inspiration for many!

Poplar and Pine says:

Glue the cutting board!

myboringlife says:

I need help with a tiny homestead if you’re interested in Arizona! 🌡

kiki lu says:

how u make money? what if ur sick and need to see a doctor?

Liz Lachmar says:

I think after this project you should start a workshop or build a type of commune to help teach others how to live sustainably. Those are bigger thoughts, but at some point maybe you can help teach others how you do it in person so they can learn by doing and have it become a real life skill/habit for themselves. Teaching in groups or creating a community that wants to live sustainably together might be the next step. Your work is so inspiring and essential and i want to see it progress on a larger scale! This is clearly your purpose!

Jim Brown says:

Rob, You're an inspiration to everyone! Although I don't intend to go as far down this road as you, I do intend to see how close I can get to a self sufficient/ more efficient and sustainable life style with as little waste and effect on the Earth and other people as possible. Thanks for all your videos.

Robert Hughes says:

Please consider wearing a bicycle helmet. πŸ™‚

Fennec Besixdouze says:

There's nothing sustainable about setting up all this junk to live there for two years. Nobody is going to be able to use any of this afterwards, so 100% of absolutely everything you are doing is more wasteful than renting a place for two years and taking good care of it.

Cities and larger institutions have composting programs, can produce bio-gas on much larger and more efficient scales etc. All major cities have community gardens and food programs that can garden and produce food for far more people more efficiently with less waste than your garden, and spending time in such a community garden is more helpful than your own little spot. People harvest rainwater domestically, and people much smarter and more educated than you develop ways to utilize water as a public utility better and more efficiently.

Basically everything you are doing is misguided: living out as a hermit and spending all this effort clearly makes you FEEL good and makes you THINK you're such an ascetic, but it is NOT the solution to our ecological quandaries. You, and others living this sort of lifestyle are actually having very large impact compared to people who live more modern lives but are thoughtful in their consumption.

I don't own a car either, I practice what I preach: I live in a small rented studio, that's just large enough for my needs. It's part of a large housing complex, so everything here is incredibly efficient and to scale. I take meticulously good care of everything I own, so nothing is wasted, so I don't have to purchase anything new, and so when I'm gone everything can be used by someone else like-new without contributing any extra waste. Public utilities, transportation etc are incredibly efficient in a city. Anyone can live a modern life with minimal ecological footprint by simply being conscious: don't be wasteful, produce very little trash, use reusable containers, bags etc and nothing disposable, compost your waste by getting in touch with local community gardens, volunteer there to grow food for yourself and your community.

I have a DRASTICALLY smaller ecological footprint than you do, without looking at all like it or asking for applause. That giant plastic monstrosity of a bio-gas composter alone has a bigger ecological impact in the amount of plastic that went into its manufacture than a decade's worth of my consumption by my living simply in traditional apartment housing.

We live in a culture of thoughtless disposable consumption, but this ecological mind is not the solution: disposable starbucks cups and straws get replaced by disposable starbucks cups and disposable one-use plastic lids that are supposedly "recyclable" but are actually made of #5 plastic and will never be recycled, will end up in a landfill. The people supposedly caring and doing the "recycling" thing are actually making the world worse off, because recycling is encouraged by people like Starbucks precisely because it encourages MORE consumption by making people feel guiltless about what they're doing. You don't have to think about bringing your own reusable cup to Starbucks because "the lid is recyclable!"

Obviously you're not doing anything that blatant: I'm sure you don't use Starbucks disposable cups. But you are doing something similar still: you're creating this massive footprint of structures that nobody else will reuse just to live in that one spot for two years. You're doing something that is a massively unethical act of obscene consumption, and yet advertising yourself as ethical and very conscious about your ecological footprint.

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