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@robjgreenfield  Watch the story of how my bamboo bike got stolen and the wild roller coaster ride I went on to try to get it back:

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This is what a trip to the store to get a shelf looks like for me! No gas powered truck, instead a human powered bike and trailer. I really didn't know if I'd manage to fit this seven foot shelf on the trailer. And the staff at Habitat for Humanity sure didn't see how I would manage. Not only did it fit easily but the two mile ride home was a breeze! Time and time again I test my expectations like this and most of the time I come out exceeding the expectations. When I don't, I try to use it as a lesson, rather than consider it a waste of time. So, because I'm weird and all, this is what my day looked like. No fossil fuels burned. No money spent on gas. No stress of ownership of a car that is losing value by the day and can cost me big bucks at any moment. Instead, exercise, fresh air, and a funny moment for many of the people I passed on the way home.

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I feel a very deep sense of happiness today. I am back in Florida, feeling reset and rejuvenated from a month in the Great Lakes region. I am back to the simple life in my tiny house. The birds are singing through every window. The squirrels are running along the fence line and eating my sunflowers. The sun beams are shining through the trees. The air is full of moisture and life. It's very hot, but there is a cross breeze constantly flowing through my tiny abode that resides under shady trees. I feel alive here in Florida. The house is not complete, but rather than dread, I now feel excitement to put in the finishing touches. I worked while I was gone and am down to a very manageable level. I can now be happy for each task, rather than feeling the daunting weight of a never ending list. I spent a few hours with Cheryl yesterday, our first time seeing each other in nearly 3 months, since we've both been traveling. We walked in the woods. We talked. We ate healthy food. It all flowed well. She showed me her new place and where she will give acupuncture and massage treatments. It is a beautiful spot. I'm happy to nourish our friendship again. She is my best friend in Orlando. The only person here that I've known for more than five years. I got a yoga membership at the studio down the street from where I live @wearewarriorone. I'm building them a garden and gardening for them in exchange for the classes. It's been a big help in slowing me down and being present with my days. My body feels strong and nimble again. I am peaceful. I am happy. I feel a bright light within me. Sending health and happiness to all of you around the world.

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Even on the Greyhound bus I still manage to be the weird one. I sniff my lavender essential oil all day to naturally relax (and cover up the bad smells on the bus). People think I'm getting high. I go outside on our stops and find a patch of grass where I stretch out my muscles and invert my legs to increase blood flow. People think I'm a professional yogi. I drink chamomile tea at night. People think I'm sipping booze. I've got my bag packed with healthy food to get through the nearly 30 hour journey. Almost nothing packaged or processed- avocados, nuts, almond butter, whole grain bread, green juice, boiled potatoes... I have my reusable bowl to make healthy and tasty meals. For a lot of people, that's just plain weird. It's a world away from all the brightly colored sugar drinks, greasy burgers, and overflowing garbage cans that result. At night I cocoon myself up into my mummy bag to try to sleep as best as I can. I've been on enough public transportation to tell you that it makes people wonder about me. Yup, I'm the weird guy. I sure as heck wouldn't want to fit in to what's considered normal out there though. I'll probably be the weird guy into my old age and until my last days on Earth. I don't live in a bubble and I travel to your every day places so yup, I'm the weird guy most of where I go.

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1 week ago

I’m on campus with the Valparaiso University Earthtones environmental club raising awareness about food waste! This group has been following me for a few years and last fall I did a video call with the them that really inspired them to take action. I’ve been impressed and proud to see them doing their part, even though they live in a conservative state and attend a very conservative university. We’ve kept in touch and since I was in the area I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for some environmental activism with them! Over the weekend they collected all of this food from just two grocery store dumpsters. Two dumpsters! Today we are outside of the cafeteria showing off this Food Waste Fiasco to wake people up and inspire them to be a part of the solution. What you see here is just standard. We produce enough food in the USA to feed two entire American populations, yet one in seven Americans are food insecure. There’s no need for anyone in this country to be hungry! These young women inspire me. I hope they’ve inspired you too. The problems of food waste and hunger are massive, yes. But YOU can still be a part of the solution in your community! You can make sure your neighbors have enough to eat and work so that quality food is not going into the trash in your house, your school, or your work place. Together we can make a meaningful difference in our communities! With @lifeismayh_em #foodwaste #dumpsterdiving #foodwastefiasco #donatenotdump #endfoodwaste #foodwastewarriors #ValparaisoUniversity #Valparaiso #Indiana

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I lied. About a month ago a follower on Instagram made a comment and asked me if I had finished picking up the trash from my previous Follow for Good Friday I had not picked up the trash yet, but I responded that I did. I can’t think of the last time I lied besides this. It’s something I rarely, rarely do. But somehow the comment caught me in this moment of feeling weak and vulnerable. He was somewhat accusatory and in the moment I didn’t want to feel wrong and for him to be right. Lying would make me feel right for that moment of weakness. It wasn’t that I wasn’t going to pick up the trash. That was never the question. I didn’t set a deadline either, so I hadn’t even done anything wrong. I just hadn’t done it yet. It was a pointless lie. I hold my words to a pretty high standard and one of the most important things to me is to speak the truth. I apologize for lying both to that person, and to everyone. Even though 99.9% of you didn’t see that lie I am still apologizing to you. Our words matter, and I commit to speaking truthfully. If I do slip up again and tell a lie in a moment of weakness, I will regain my strength and tell the truth. I commit to this. Also, if I accidentally share incorrect information I commit to correcting myself when I learn that I’m wrong. I accept that I will be wrong sometimes about things that I talk about and it is necessary to admit when I’m wrong. You can all hold me accountable to this if you see my slip up. I now have cleaned up all the trash that I committed to for Follow for Good Friday’s. Photos included in this post! #FollowforGoodFriday Photo 2- the lie Photo 3- 1,900 pieces of trash for @Going.Zero.Waste Photo 4- 451 pieces of trash for @WinonaLaDuke Photo 5- 398 pieces of trash for @ZeroWasteHabesha

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1 week ago

This mouth full of straws probably caught your eye, didn't it? And maybe you've seen the viral video of the sea turtle with a straw stuck up it's nose? Millions of us are waking up to the problems in the world and the central role that plastic takes in the destruction of so much of what we love. I picked up these 40 straws from the beach in Chicago today. Now, I could easily decide to go on and on about how absurd plastic straws are and how many animals are being harmed by them. That sea turtle is just one in millions of creatures and humans suffering the effects of disposable plastic. But I'd be missing the big story. I'd be reaching up to the branches of the problem while obliviously standing right on top of the roots of the problem. The problem is so much bigger than plastic straws, plastic bags, and any one time use disposable items. Banning the straws and banning the bags are huge movements, picking up momentum all over the world, but even with an all out success there, the problem would still not be even close to solved. Not even close. The problem is much deeper. It's easy for us to skim the surface, these straws were literally on the surface of the beach and the lake. But if we are ever to make way for a truly sustainable and just world we must all go deeper. We must all ask the questions that maybe we are too afraid to ask. We must question the whole system. We must ascend our own delusion. And we're going to have to stand up against what might be considered normal by nearly everyone around us. It will not be remotely be easy. I don't aim to bring anyone down with this post nor downplay any positivity that you may be doing in this world. I commend you for the work you do. But if I am to be a true part of the solution, I must not live in a delusional manner. This could serve as a wake up call for some of you. I believe we must be realistic at the same time as we take whatever action that we can for the sake of our own sanity and our mission is to live in a better world. One real step, one thought out step, at a time, speaking honestly to ourselves and to our peers. #plasticpollution #strawssuck #plasticfree #plasticstraws #zerowaste #zerowasteliving

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1 week ago

I agree. Tag a friend who could use this perspective!

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When my bamboo bike was stolen from me last year I decided I was going to try to track it down. In the past I may have responded with anger and retaliation, but this time I decided that if I found the thief I was going to treat them with as much compassion and kindness as I could. Through a pretty crazy couple days of searching I did manage find the person who stole my bike. I didn’t strike out at him. I didn’t curse him out. Nope. I gave him a hug. I had never been in this scenario before, so I didn’t know exactly what to do. But I had practiced compassion, and that came through in the moment. Amazingly, I managed to film the experience and after nearly a year in the making I have produced a short film to tell the story. I hope that my compassion touched Johnny and will stick with him throughout life. And I hope that you’ll watch this film and my compassion will touch you and will inspire you to act with more compassion, kindness and understanding in your every day life. (link to film in bio) Watch at www.RobGreenfield.tv/StolenBambooBike #compassion #kindness #dogood #gooddeeds #gooddeed #stolenbike #robgreenfield

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After close to a year in the making, I am so excited to finally release the the story of how my bamboo bike got stolen and the wild roller coaster ride I went on to try to get it back. Many of you saw the adventure as it unfolded, but you only saw a fraction of the whole story. When I decided to search for the bike I had a feeling it was going to be quite the adventure, so I decided to film it, but I never, ever expected it to turn out like this. I truly hope that you'll take the time to watch this short film. I think you'll be very glad you did. Link to the full short film in bio. www.robgreenfield.tv/StolenBambooBike

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2 weeks ago

This is a straw in my mouth. Not because I intentionally chose a straw. Not because I wanted a straw. But because I am not perfect. Because I am far from perfect. Sometimes when I go to restaurants it doesn’t even cross my mind to ask for no straw, because it’s so obvious in my mind, that I don’t even think about it. Sometimes though, I know I should ask, and I just can’t muster up the energy. I’m speaking of a single miniscule and largely unimportant straw here, but this straw is simply a representation of any moment of weakness or of uncertainty in myself. I don’t get down on myself for my lack of perfection though because I’m not striving to be perfect. I’m already better than I once was, and that’s reason to celebrate. I don’t stop there of course. I’m striving to be continuously better. Part of becoming continuously better is to stumble and go slightly backwards. For me it’s a matter of realizing when I slip backwards and then making the effort to continue forward. That is my formula for continuously becoming my better self, for the sake of the earth, animals and humanity. I promise that I will always be flawed, and I promise to be open about it and share my hardships. That is how we can grow better together.

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Yesterday I posted a shout out to Instagram that I found a couple pear trees and was looking for people in Minneapolis to help me harvest them and share them with the community. 4 people showed up on the street corner and together we harvested about 80 pounds of pears! We cleaned up the sidewalk mess, shared a few hundred pears from the trees, ate delicious wild food, and made new friends. It was a really beautiful and productive day with new Instagram friends! @theflavorqueen @maryandpeach @rachelannhodge @davidtlund

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2 weeks ago

Hello friends of Minneapolis! I've found 2 pear trees with hundreds of pears on them ready to be eaten. They are falling on the sidewalk going to waste. Who wants to come harvest them with me and share the bounty with the community? If you'd like, meet me tomorrow morning at 10:00 on the corner of South 7th St and 26th Ave S. in Riverside neighborhood, 2 block from the children's hospital! Bring boxes or bags and tarps if you have them. Health and happiness to you all!

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I just watched the film First Daughter and the Black Snake and wanted to recommend it to you all! In the times we live in today it can be extremely daunting and challenging just to stand up for basic human and environmental rights. Standing up to giant corporations can seem like an almost impossible task. It’s easy to get really down about the state of the world. When I feel down and like I can’t go on it is often seeing examples of success and of great leaders who hold true decade after decade. Winona LaDuke @winonaladuke has been standing strong for over three decades. First Daughter and the Black Snake follows her life of standing up to Big Oil and working to make her community and the world a more sustainable and just place. The earth is in a period of great destruction and she is one important leader showing a path for a better future. This film is certain to provide a spark of inspiration to all activists out there who might need some motivation when times are tough. It is not just a film for activists though. It is an important film for all of us who care about our Earth, humans, and our fellow animal species that we share our home with. Winona, and this film by filmmaker Keri Pickett @keripickett , are proof that it is worth standing for what is right. I highly recommend watching and sharing it! www.blacksnakefilm.com #FirstDaughterandtheblacksnake #Stopline3 #WinonaLaDuke #LoveWaterNotOil

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I had the great honor and pleasure of spending some time with the one and only Winona LaDuke @winonaladuke at her hemp farm! I have the greatest respect for people who dedicate their lives to improving their communities and the world and Winona is a powerful example of this. She is truly leading the way into a more sustainable and just world and has been at it for decades, before I was even born. Her current initiative is one that I am deeply excited about- Winona’s Hemp Farm. Hemp has been mostly eradicated from 21st century USA and she is working to bring it back. Hemp is widely considered one of the most important and wide-ranging solutions to our greatest problems. Winona’s hemp will create the fiber to literally grow, mill, and produce clothing. Every step of the way. This will be done without toxic pesticides and with very little water, as hemp grows naturally. The growth of hemp will regenerate the land under it, not degrade it, and it will sequester carbon. This hemp clothing will replace plastic clothing that is made from fossil fuels and litters our waterways with microfibers. Her hemp will produce high quality organic food, to nourish her community. Her hemp will be used as medicine to heal people who need healing. Her hemp has the power to change her community and set a positive example that can ripple out across the nation. Winona has been fighting against pollution, pipelines and as she says, “bad ideas" for the last few decades. Now she is fighting by working to create the new economy. One that “is going to be kind and restore our Mother Earth.” She is leading by example and leading the way. I traveled all the way from Florida to rural Minnesota to see Winona’s Hemp Farm because I truly believe she is on the ground level of creating the change we need in the world. There are few things that excite me more than what Winona is doing, and she has my full support. I encourage you to support her as well. She already has the farm and the hemp growing, now she’s raising funds for the mill. Learn more and contribute at: www.igg.me/at/winonashempmill (link in bio) My nonprofit will match every donation made today through this weekend up to $1,000 total.

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So blessed to have spent the weekend with my friend Nevada Littlewolf @nlittlewolf. Last summer I was speaking at a conference in D.C. and afterwards Nevada approached me and suggested that I acknowledge my privilege when I do public speaking. I agreed, but didn’t quite know how, and gave her some resistance. But I asked her questions and she gently helped me to understand. Since then I have acknowledged my privilege almost every time I publicly speak, and quite a few people have told me they had never thought about their privilege before coming to my talk. I’ve helped others to be more understanding of privilege and in a sense, I’ve acted as a conduit through Nevada herself. This weekend she took me to AICHO, the American Indian Community Housing Organization in Duluth. Their mission is to strengthen their community by centering indigenous values in all aspects of their work. AICHO’s operating philosophy is that every American Indian woman and child deserves to live in a safe, non-threatening environment and should be treated with dignity and respect. This mural is on their wall and is of an Anishinaabe water protector woman overlooking the community. Trafficking of indigenous women and youth is a serious issue throughout the United States and one that tends to be ignored. Nevada also took me to her home in Virginia, Minnesota a part of Northern Minnesota I have never visited. Yesterday we went to the Cass Lake Pow Wow and then visited Winona LaDuke @winonaladuke at Winona’s Hemp Farm. It was such an honor to meet Winona. I filmed a video about her work that I will be sharing with you soon. Last night we stayed on Ice Cracking Lake on the White Earth Reservation with Hannah Smith @that.kwe. Every day we swam in Lake Superior, in a reservoir near Nevada’s house, and in Ice Cracking Lake. It has been both an extremely educational and healing weekend. I’m very grateful for Nevada taking the time to help me understand other perspectives and make more a more compassionate and understanding person. It’s so important that we listen to people of other cultures and learn from their perspectives. Thank you Nevada!

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3 weeks ago

Today, nature was my medicine. I swam in her stunning river. I cleansed in her creek. I walked through her forest. I breathed in her fresh air. I smelled her beautiful flower creations. I ate her plant medicine. Her critters, frogs and birds, gave me friendship. And a lovely Human she created named April brought me to connect with her. Today was a day of healing. I promise myself to do more of this.

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3 weeks ago

I had a very wonderful time visiting my mom in my hometown of Ashland, Wisconsin. The highlights were: Walking all over Ashland and discovering dozens of apple trees just absolutely loaded with apples. We tried apples from about 15 trees. We also found plum and pear trees, wild grapes, and more wild foods. Going to the Bad River Manomin Celebration & Pow-wow. It was a very powerful experience. Stopping to take refreshing swims in the world’s largest freshwater lake- Lake Superior (I swam, and she enjoyed the fresh air). Drinking some of the purest water on earth from the artesian wells. Watching the chipmunks, squirrels and birds in the backyard. Playing scrabble with my brother and her. I love you mom. Thank you for being a wonderful, loving and caring mom!

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My mission is to simply live in a manner that does not contribute to the destruction of the earth and the people and animals I share this home with. My mission is to inspire resistance to the insanity of our time. My mission is to influence regeneration of our home. My mission is to show that a better future is possible.

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Huge thanks to my friend Dennis the Bee Guy @beeremovalexpert for helping me become a beekeeper and better steward to the bees! He has dedicated his life to helping "save the bees" and he's doing an amazing job in Orlando. Since starting his business, he has rescued over 500 hives that would otherwise have been killed by pest control companies and relocated them to a safe space. Four of those hives are now in my stewardship! He has been my mentor and teacher since meeting five months ago. He's more than a mentor to me though, he is a mentor and educator to many because one of the best ways he can help the bees is to help the greater population to understand how important, beneficial, and harmless bees are. I have joined him for a few rescues and every time we hang out I become so much more educated on bees. In the near future I will take all of you on a bee rescue via a live video! www.orlandobeeremovalexpert.com #SavetheBees #BeeRescue #beekeeping #beekeeper #HoneyBees #bees #dennisthebeeguy

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It’s Follow for Good Friday! Today I recommend you follow @zerowastehabesha The environmental movement can be very white oriented and white led, creating a lot of exclusion. Just to give a small example, most white zero waste advocates live with quite a lot of privilege and have never lived in a food desert where the people living there have little access to zero waste support, opportunities, stores, etc. Olivia Firewain Adunia is an Ethiopian American whose primary focuses are zero waste, environmental justice and decolonizing sustainability, among others. She has opened my eyes over the last year and I’m confident her perspective could be very helpful and eye opening to you as well. It’s not just her prospective though, she uses her Instagram page to bring you the voices of many people of color in the environmental movement. She could serve as a very important gateway to many of you in being a more well rounded, understanding, fair and impactful human being. For each of you who follow her this weekend I will pick up a piece of trash in your and her honor! #followforgoodfriday #zerowastehabesha #zerowaste #representationmatters #environmentaljustice #sustainability

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I’m carrying the weight of about 450 pieces of trash on my shoulders! And it’s about 1 pound… I’m here in Chicago at North Avenue Beach, which at first site is quite pristine. But once you look a little closer you see that there are little pieces of plastic everywhere. I picked up 1 piece of trash for each of you who followed @WinonaLaDuke on my last #FollowForGoodFriday. Thank you to all of you. I hope that you gain as much influence and inspiration from Winona as I have through following her online. Now, an interesting aspect of these 450 pieces of trash is that in a short period of time they could have turned into 450,000 or even 4.5 million pieces. That is what is called micro-plastics. They are the result of photodegradation and environmental degradation of plastics that turn big pieces into much smaller and smaller pieces. They become so small that they are eaten by the smallest of creatures and as these smaller creatures with plastic in them are eaten by bigger creatures it bioaccumulates. Put simply, plastic works its way up the food chain and becomes more concentrated in creatures that are higher up in the food chain. Believe it or not, us humans now eat plastic more often that we would like. At this point the problem is truly out of control. We are beyond the point of prevention. We are in an all-out catastrophe. Even though there are quite likely millions of pieces of small plastic on this beach alone (it took me just 20 minutes to clean up 450 pieces) this beach is pristine in comparison to many sites around the world. Many beaches and rivers look more like a dumpsite than an actual beach. But that’s not reason to give up. It could get a whole lot worse, and it will if we don’t come together to turn things around. I for one will continue to do my part, even in the face of total destruction.

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Everywhere I go in Orlando I see new houses being built and I see huge construction dumpsters in front of them. They are often brimming with trash one day, empty the next day, and then full of trash again in no time. In this photo I'm standing in a new house construction dumpster close to my house that represents the current state of house construction. In my hands I'm holding onto an alternative, the mere 30 pounds of trash I created in building my tiny house. That's about 250 times less trash than the building of this house will likely create. You get to chose whether or not you trash the world. You might think you are powerless, but it's because you aren't looking hard enough or you don't believe in yourself. Alternatives are out there and they are everywhere. Even in the USA, which so often gets pegged with such a bad reputation (for good reasons). I'm not talking about perfection. But I am talking about huge strides away from our current path of totally destroying our collective home, Earth. You can't change it all overnight. But if you yearn for change you have to start where you are and then dedicate to transitioning day by day, month by month, year by year to a more sustainable and just life. I'm here to help. -- Photo by @gabs_stcroix

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I'm hitting the road! This afternoon I hopped on a bus and after a short 26 hour ride I will be in Chicago! After Chicago I plan to visit my hometown of Ashland, Wisconsin, Northern Minnesota, Minneapolis, Madison, Milwaukee and possibly the Dakotas. I'm really excited to spend time with family and friends, relax in the beautiful Northwoods, and learn from some people I've been very inspired by (you'll meet them on here soon). I've been in Florida for 9 months now and have only left the state once, which was a drive to North Carolina. This may be the longest I've stayed put in one place since before I graduated high school 13 years ago. I've been yearning to get moving and this was the right call. Once my Food Freedom project starts this fall I might not leave the Southern United States for a whole year. This should get it out of my system for a bit. Sending love to you all from seat 17, currently Atlanta, Georgia bound!

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The bamboo bike auction is complete and the bike has found a new home! This is Tonia and she won the bike for $700, all of which will be used to buy bikes for kids living in low-income scenarios. Tonia teaches rhetoric at UF in Gainesville and has wanted to start commuting by bike for quite some time. She read my book this year and was inspired to get a bamboo bike. She wanted to purchase a used bike because she tries to buy used and not purchase new, but she was unable to find one. Then my auction popped up in her newsfeed! Today she came down from Gainesville to pick it up and she even brought me a lovely gift of homemade blueberry jam and a hand-knit dish cloth. I’m so excited for this bike to go to her because this is going to help her start a new chapter of riding her bike to work. The goodness of the bike will live on. I should be able to get bikes for about seven kids with these funds. And with the funds raised when this bike was stolen and returned, that will bring the total up to about 57 bikes for kids! Talk about a bike that keeps on giving!

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Meet Kim! My heart is buzzing after meeting her! I listed some excess plywood as a giveaway on Craigslist and she responded really excited to come get it. So, she came over this morning to pick up the two pieces I had. She said I was doing her a favor, but in reality, I felt she was doing a favor for me, helping me to make sure my excess supplies went to good use. I asked her what she was building and she’s making a little 8’x10’ privacy room. I was super excited to hear that she could use these materials for a good project. I also had a bunch of less desirable materials on the curb for giveaway and she took every last piece. She is a TRUE REUSE champion, using every last piece. She even took my bucket of bent nails that she’ll hammer straight and put to use. She’s my HERO!! Even I don’t take the time to do that. She’s been watching tiny house videos online and it’s her dream to build one. So, when I told her that I had a tiny house she was so excited to see it. I loved what she was doing so I also gave her a whole bunch of my 2x4’s that I had saved for future projects. After spending some time together, she told me, "you just made my dreams come true” and "you're going to be my mentor.” She’s going to send me photos of her project and I’ll give her advice if she needs. I have absolutely loved all the interactions I’ve had by giving away my excess materials on Craigslist. I’ve met so many people that I wouldn’t have otherwise met, from different neighborhoods and backgrounds, and the meetings have been truly meaningful for all of us. I love humans and it’s a joy to be alive.

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The tiny house is in the completion stages and what you see in my hands is all the trash created so far. A mere 30 pounds (14 kg). I read a statistic that the average house build in the USA creates 8,000 pounds of trash. That is over 250 times more than I created! Plus, nearly 100% of the materials I’ve used were second hand. You may have seen a few weeks back when I had a breakdown moment. That was partly due to worrying about how much trash I was going to make. Well, it all turned out alright. I’m truly proud. Excess materials were repurposed within the build, picked up by others from sites like Craigslist to be used in other building projects, and donated to an art school for art projects. People often ask me why I do what I do. Basically, why I don’t choose a more “normal” life. I’ve found time and time again that the “normal” way destroys everything that I love behind the scenes. “Normal” destroys animals and harms people that I love, usually in far off places. It destroys the basic rights of all beings- fresh air, clean water, and a habitat. The ever creeping “normal" around the world destroys diversity and culture. This is one reason I have chosen to live simply in a tiny house. This is one reason that I don’t choose to live a “normal" life. I put the word normal in quotes because the absurd thing about all of this… is that there is no such thing as normal. Normal is a delusion. Normalcy is created in our minds by taking in our surroundings and settling that that’s the way the world is. The reality is that the world is incredibly diverse and that your “normal” is just that, yours. When you look at the bigger picture, for most of us fairly privileged people, you see that we are the exception. The US has 5% of the world’s population yet uses 25% of the world’s resources. That by definition is not normal. That is extreme. Living in a 100 sq. ft. house is considered extreme by many. But by living in this “extreme” manner I serve as a counterbalance to the extreme mainstream. I show people that there is a different way, and it’s not in a far-off place. It’s just around the corner. You just have to be looking, or at least have your eyes open.

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For seven years I’ve been on a journey to live as close to zero waste and to reduce the amount of plastic in my life, especially single use, disposable plastic. It is a challenge to keep up these practices indefinitely, especially in a society so immersed in plastic and the throw-away lifestyle. Over the last few years plastic has managed to sneak back into my life in ways that I had already rid myself of it. This book, @lifewithoutplastic , has re-invigorated my desire to live a life without plastic. Plus, it has given me a deeper understanding of exactly what plastic is, the many types of plastic, the human harm it can cause and the impact it has on our world. After finishing just the first chapter I was already going through all of my stuff and sifting out the plastic that had creeped back into my life and wasn’t serving me well! The book is written in a manner that can be read by someone fully immersed in the plastic life that wants to make their first change, or by someone like myself who is well on their way to a life without plastic, or anywhere in between. It is non-preaching, non-judgmental, meets us all where we are, and guides us into a happier, healthier and more sustainable life without plastic. #lifewithoutplastic #plasticfree #zerowaste

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Awesome news! All that worry I had about creating a ton of trash from building my tiny house was for nothing! So far I've created way less than a garbage can of trash- for building a whole tiny house! My new friend @katiesoopottery came today and picked up all the little wood scraps to bring to her art school where kids will use them for different projects. These little pieces are the hardest to put to use, so this is just the perfect match. I listed a lot of my small excess materials on Craigslist and said they'd be on the curb. I did that 3 days in a row and 95% of it has been taken. I met some really nice people at the driveway and had some fun and uplifting conversations with them. I also met a neighbor from just down the street who picked up the pallets to build an outdoor kitchen. What would have been trash if I had given up, has created new friendships for me and will turn into useful art pieces and projects. This experience of dealing with excess materials has been relieving, reinvigorated to not give up on my morals to create minimal waste, and a very uplifting experience with my fellow humans. Who knew "trash" would be so rewarding! Once the tiny house is complete I'll post a photo of all the trash that I create. #tinyhouse #zerowaste

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It’s Follow for Good Friday! Introducing Winona LaDuke @winonaladuke. She is one of my favorite human beings on earth and I think you’ll be inspired and positively influenced by her as well. For every person who follows her this weekend I will pick up a piece of trash in your and her honor. :) Winona has been leading our nation into a more sustainable and socially just direction for more than 3 decades. Throughout her life she has worked to recover lands for the Anishinaabe, to create meaningful work and lives for her community and people, to protect wild rice and traditional foods, to stop oil pipelines and make way for clean energy, and to generally wake people up to environmental issues and how they disproportionately affect Native Americans, but affect all of us. She was very involved in the work at Standing Rock of course and is a powerful leader in her community and our world. To me she is also simply a human being speaking basic and simple truth and trying to protect the very earth that we are all dependent upon for our existence. But in a world where that is so easily forgotten and where the earth is trampled upon daily, she stands out as a beaming light and a solid rock in the quest for a better world. She is the founder of Honor the Earth @Honortheearth , a nonprofit that is “committed to restoring a paradigm that recognizes our collective humanity and our joint dependence on the earth." This is just a sample of her incredible life! She lives on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota where she dedicates so much of her time to improving her community. One of her current big projects is Winona’s Hemp, which I am beyond excited about and hope to visit. There they are growing hemp for fiber and food and to create a new economy that works with the earth instead of against it and works for the people. I can't say enough good about her, so the best thing to do is follow her! Your eyes will be opened, and your life will be better with her in it. Photo by @Keripickett #FollowforGoodFriday #WinonaLaDuke #WinonasHemp #HonorTheEarth #WaterProtectors #Indigenousrising #regenerative

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First night in the tiny house! Not exactly finished and comfortable, but still I'm extremely grateful to be this far along. I slept with all 3 windows and the doors wide open last night and woke up a handful of times to itching myself from mosquito bites, but overall it was a good nights sleep. I sleep much better in the open air than in closed houses with air conditioning. Today I'm heading to Wekiva Springs for some much needed healing from nature. I am happy to be alive. Health and happiness to you all!

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I am auctioning my bamboo bicycle and 100% of the proceeds will be used to buy bikes for children in Orlando who live in low income scenarios! This is the bike that I cycled across the USA in 2014 on the Goodfluence Tour, doing good deeds across the USA. This is also the bike that was stolen in 2017, that I tracked down, hugged the person who stole it and used the opportunity to start a fundraiser to give bikes to kids in San Diego. The fundraiser raised enough funds to give away 50 bikes! So, this bike has a lot of very good energy and vibes in it. I’ve ridden about 5,000 miles on it and it’s served me well. Now it’s time for its service to continue by turning it into more bikes for kids, and to continue its life with someone else. The frame is a Calfee and is $1,000 purchased new. With the components being new it’s a $3,000 bike. That said it has gone through a lot and the frame has had some small cracks, but it is still a solid bike. I would recommend it as a great around town bike, but I don’t think it has another cross country ride in it. If you are interested in details you can email info @robgreenfield.tv. Place your bid by commenting here or email. The bid starts at $300. Bid includes shipping and I will have the bike tuned up and ready to ride before sending! I’ll send a signed copy of my book as well. Auction ends 08/17. UPDATE: The winning bid is $700 by Tonia Howick. She is located in Gainesville, Florida and is coming this morning to pick up the bike. Thank you everyone for bidding. Health and happiness to you all! Photo by @danielle_werner

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THANK YOU everyone for your support, words of encouragement and your love! Believe it or not, I left my house last night beaming with joy. You truly uplifted me from despair. I rode my bike feeling free with a bright smile over to my friend's house for a healthy dinner and a swim and came back for a good nights rest. Today I am feeling much better and it's thanks to all of you. I'm of course still behind on sleep and overwhelmed. I didn't fix that in a day, but you've helped me begin my healing. Community is so key. I absolutely could not be doing what I am doing with out you. I do it for you, and hearing from you is what keeps me going. Without support I would crumble. You keep me going strong. You give me reason to be alive! Sending out rays of love to all of you around the world right now! I love you! -- Photo by @sierrafordphotography

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End of day 3 of building my tiny house and I just feel so overwhelmed and beat down. It’s turning out to be a lot more work than I planned, and I have so many other things I need to be working on now. But I have an unfinished house that needs to get done and a mess of excess materials and scrap wood that I fear I won’t be able to find use for and will send to the landfill. I have bitten off more than I can chew in life. I am way behind on sleep and on the verge of sickness I feel. Last week I had an allergic reaction to something and had three days of hives covering about 25% of my body. That set me behind on sleep and rest too. I feel like I’m buried in projects and physical stuff and can’t get out of it without working morning until night for many days to come. And I’ve already been doing that for too many days to be healthy. It’s only aesthetic but what I feel the most down about right now is that after all this work, the stain on the house is so dark that it covers up the wood and makes it look almost painted, rather than the natural log cabin feel I was going for. I feel a little foolish even saying that or caring, it’s such a tiny problem compared to what others in the world are dealing with, but it’s just got me down. Anyway, I love you all and hope that you are having a wonderful summery August so far.

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