Man lives rent-free in $950 home on tiny urban homestead (Video)

Rob Greenfield
Video screen capture Rob Greenfield

Big changes, one step at a time

Simplifying one's life is not necessarily a drastic task, possible for only the most extreme or audacious of people. San Diego-based activist Rob Greenfield, known for his cross-country cycling campaigns to end food waste, believes that changing one's life and reducing one's environmental impact takes small, gradual steps that build upon each other. He documents his remarkable transformation from a "drunk dude to a dude making a difference," his recent financial vows to work for the good of the planet, rather than for just money. His journey for a more simpler, but more impactful life has led him to live in a second-hand tiny home, rent-free in someone else's backyard that he is cultivating in exchange. See Greenfield give a video tour of his place:

Purchased for $950 off Craigslist, Greenfield's 50-square-foot tiny home is ultra-teeny compared to many tiny homes we've seen. He is living completely off-grid and almost zero-waste, using solar panels, composting toilet, natural refrigeration, and a rocket stove for cooking, harvesting filtered rainwater for his needs, taking dips in the nearby ocean for hygiene (he's gone showerless for the last two years). From his tiny urban homestead, he can see the ocean.

Rob Greenfield/Video screen capture
Rob Greenfield/Video screen capture
Rob Greenfield/Video screen capture
Rob Greenfield/Video screen capture

In the mild climate of San Diego, Greenfield is able to spend much of his time outdoors, working the garden and building things. For his media work (he donates up to 90 percent of profits to worthy non-profits), he goes to libraries and cafes for an Internet connection. He outlines all the things he has done for his Teeny Greeny tiny homestead in this FAQ.

Rob Greenfield/Video screen capture
Rob Greenfield/Video screen capture

"Happy, healthy and free"

It's an inspiring set-up that is happening right in the city, showing that a ultra-simple lifestyle is possible, even in an urban area like San Diego. Through deliberate choices in the last few years to kick a cellphone addiction habit, cancel credit cards, and to travel moneyless whenever possible, Greenfield has no bills, no debts, and donates most of the money he does earn. It may not be for everyone, but Greenfield is leading by example and his enthusiasm is infectious; by explaining and documenting all of his personal efforts in the last four years, he shows that major change is done with small, achievable goals and conscious choices to divest from environmentally harmful activities and institutions, and intentionally putting one's energies into positive action, even if it seems unthinkable at first. More over at Rob Greenfield.

Tags: Less Is More | Living With Less | San Diego | Small Spaces

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