Big changes, one step at a timeSimplifying 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.
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.