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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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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. 🙂

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.

eburcua says:

It's really sad that capitalism is so destructive to the environment, so greedy, so unsustainable that individual human beings feel compelled to live these kinds of lifestyles to make up for it! That's not the way to go, change the system, change the governments, than you dont have to go to such extremes to save the world. Rural people 200 years ago didn't have to live like that, but their lives were sustainable anyways. You really need to travel and experience some traditional communities. Not that there are many left of those. But just to get a feel for it. Especially in the mediterranean basin.

eburcua says:

why are you using a dehydrator? where I live, in southern turkey, i dont know anyone who owns one. just sun dry things, but maybe florida is more humid I dont know. owning a dehydrator is not simple living to me, when most rural people dont own such useless things 🙂 but then again you dont have many traditionally rural people in the US to compare yourselves to.

zane sutherland says:

I like the "earth code". I hate those people in government make stupid laws and regulations just because they can. There is safety and health, and then there is just plain stupidity. People should be allowed to live off grid or in smaller, less impactful residence.

wepslover1997 says:

Hey Rob Thank you So much for the great video , Very inspirational , I cant wait until i can Do the same. Cant Wait to see more

Celebrating Homesteading says:

A long time ago there was a little saying on the tag of a tea bag and it said, "Life is what happens while you are making other plans." When I think of sustainable living I think of folks who are enjoying participating in the life they are living, presently and whole heartedly and are not busy making other plans. That is what I hear you saying you are doing/what you love to do/what is important to you, Rob. Thanks for sharing.

Anneke Konstantine says:

Well said ! Perhas plants that mosquitos don't like, such as lemon grass or lavender, would be helpful ??

Razz mn says:

Save the planet be minimalistic stop greedy, from Mongolia

Seth Forrest says:

For anyone who is interested in a lifestyle sort of related to this one, look up Daniel Suelo! I’m currently reading the book about him (The Man Who Quit Money- Mark Sundeen) and it is super interesting stuff. Moneyless living, foraging/growing/dumpster-diving, giving without expectation of return, true freedom/adventure, and trusting the providence of the universe!

Kathleene Millhouse says:

Love you too Rob Greenfield. Your videos inspire me to believe that 'closing the loop' really is possible. The principles you have adopted could be applied at any scale, and keeping it small has made it possible to employ loads of ideas so that people can use some, or just a few. Here in Tasmania our housing crisis is worsening. More and more, people are opting for simplistic life styles, but there are often tiny houses for sale that didn't quite meet up to the 'idealistic' lifestyle. I think having more than one person living in this situation could definitely be another challenge that would need to be considered. All the best.

robert simpson says:

Interesting…I guess you can’t do the carnivore diet…I use to be vegan and now have sibo and can’t eat vegetables.

Luke Furgason says:

What was the most challenging thing for you on your bike trips?

Ralf Stofer says:

Thank you so much! I life tiny and off grid together with my wife 3 years now. This experience is amazing. But as you said there are challanges. We don't do it extreme like you and we buy most of the food. But also harvesting wild plants and stuff. This video reinforced my purpose (hope I say this right). Especially what you said about time. That hepled me a lot in this moment. Present time should not be the touchstone. Progress is all that counts! Thank you so much for all your videos and inspiration.

kyfarm2016 says:

Can any one answer, does he have a job at all that pays money?

Teri Farrar says:

Thank you for all yoy do. And laying it out truthfully.

Contact 360 says:

Thank you Rob,
Your brutal honesty is much appreciated!
A least we won't be going into this lifestyle with rose coloured glasses! Instead you've given everyone a true, honest perspective.
I really hope, everything turns out well for you.
God bless
Moira
From England.

Frank Baumgartner says:

I have great respect for you and to me what your doing is very cool. I am not fan of going to work anymore i want to learn more from you will be watching.

LYNN ANNE COOLIDGE says:

I always get a lot out of your videos. Keep up the good work I learn something new all the time . have a great day

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