By Arwa Lodhi
In Europe, we’re pretty used to living in small spaces. The average London one bedroom flat is about 40 squared meters–the size of many American’s entire living rooms.
There is one American who is definitely the exception to the rule, though.
For Rob Greenfield, even the smallest London bedsit would feel luxurious–he’s just purchased his own entire house, which he affectionately refers to as his ‘tiny home’. And tiny it is: it’s only about 5 square metres!
Rob was planning to build his own small home, but found this teeny house on Craigslist and bought it for $950, far less than one month’s rent in a typical London flat. So why would he want to live in such a small space?
Greenfield is dedicated to setting an example of sustainable living. He completely shuns the consumerist lifestyle and has cycled around America without a penny in his pocket to show how we can get by on far less than you’d expect.
An advocate of stopping food waste, he has also appeared on various TV shows where he demonstrates how one supermarket dumpster can feed dozens of people with the food they throw out (and usually lock up) even though it’s still perfectly edible. He also documented his year of no showers, choosing to bathe himself using natural products in rivers, streams and waterfalls.
We were curious to know more about the tiny house, so we asked Rob a few questions.
Why exactly did you choose to do this?
I will be living an extremely simple life, much simpler than most tiny home owners. I intend to spend my life out doors and involved with my community rather than tucked away in my house, hence the very tiny home. I find it is all too easy for me to succumb to convenience and comfort so I take away many conveniences and comforts so that I have no other options but to follow my morals and ethics rather than my comfort.
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