I’ve traveled the world living out of a backpack for over a year. And here in Orlando for the last few years I have been creating a minimalistic and peaceful home sanctuary with very little possessions. But I have never considered living in a tiny house. That is until Rob Greenfield started talking about his latest mission-driven project.
Rob Greenfield is more than just a “dude making a difference”. He is dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable and just world. Rob is the creator of The Food Waste Fiasco, TrashMe, and Food Freedom, all campaigns that strive to end food waste and hunger. He’s also cycled across the U.S. twice on a bamboo bicycle to promote sustainability and then he auctioned it off for charity. Rob’s adventures have been featured on thousands of media outlets including the BBC, CBS This Morning, Discovery Channel, USA Today, LA Times, The Guardian, Huffington Post, and TEDx.
With the dedication to leaving even less of a carbon footprint than I ever have, Rob decided is new home here in Orlando would be a handcrafted 10 x 10 square foot tiny home for under $1,500 with 100% repurposed materials and near-zero waste. That’s right, he set out to create his home with materials that are either re-purposed, donated, and the total cost of the whole house is less than most spend on a month rent. With the help of local volunteers and new friends, I can tell you his tiny house project has far exceeded his expectations.
Expert craftsmen helped with the construction and Rob (and all of us on the job!) learned a lot about the process of building not only a tiny house, but doing it in one weekend, creating nearly zero waste in the process and keeping all supplies and materials, all of which was graciously donated to someone else in the end.
His second tiny house mission is to build his house to set an example of what can be done with very little money, causing minimal environmental destruction, and keeping it super simple. That also means being able to build in a very short period of time and with minimal skills. You can read all about the process on his blog and you should absolutely follow him on Instagram and Facebook where he shares daily updates about all of his humanitarian projects.
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