SUSTAINABLE CHAMP ROB
AN ADVENTURER WHO BASICALLY STOPPED CONSUMING FOR A YEAR
Rob Greenfield is an adventurer and environmental activist on a mission to make the world a happier, healthier place. Apart from doing extreme adventures and activism campaigns to get people thinking about their daily actions and how it effects the world around them he is in the middle of a year of buying nothing new. Our Instagram Story was lucky enough to be taken over by Rob. Not wanting to lose all this knowledge in the void of Instastories we wrote everything down.
NOTHING NEW FOR ROB
Why did you become an Environmentalist?
About five years ago I was living a pretty normal American life and started to watch a lot of documentaries and read a lot of books and realised that my life is causing all sorts of environmental and social destruction and realised I had to totally transform my life to live in a way that was better for the environment and people.
What is a nothing new year?
So for all of 2017 I am doing nothing new for a year which means buying nothing brand new. But I can use used thing. For example the Vintage MUD Jeans is a way to get something new that’s used.
How is the nothing new life?
So the year of nothing new has been pretty challenging because besides buying nothing new also means not receiving anything new so every time anyone wants to give me something new I have to say no. And that is a challenge.
What’s next on your agenda?
This summer a bunch of cyclists and myself are cycling across the United States, from New York to Seattle. We will plant gardens, seeds and fruit trees all across the country and everybody who wants to join is welcome.
5 TIPS TO GET THROUGH A NOTHING NEW YEAR
Whenever you’re gonna buy something instead of going to the store to buy something new, find a way to buy it used whether it’s a thrift store or something like Craigslist or Ebay.
Every time you think about buying something, ask yourself whether you need it, or if you just want it. If it’s just want, ask yourself if it would make you happier and healthier, or if you might be better off without it.
Is to share with your friends, family or with anyone in your community instead of going out and buying new things. Find someone who has it and borrow it and share the stuff that you have with other people, so they don’t have to buy anything new.
Tip Nr 4
Is to not get anything disposable. So instead use products of good quality that will last so you can use them over and over again. It’s less likely that you have to buy something new that way.
Tip Nr 5
Is to repair or fix things when they’re broken. So get your toaster fixed or sew your jacket if it’s ripped.