Rob Greenfield is an American adventurer, environmental activist, entrepreneur, inspirational writer, speaker, world traveler, ambassador to One Percent for the Planet, and the founder of The Greenfield Group.
Rob Greenfield (IG: @robjgreenfield) is an activist and humanitarian dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable and just world. He embarks on extreme projects to bring attention to important global issues and inspire positive change. Rob's life is an embodiment of Gandhi’s philosophy, “Be the change you wish to see in the world." In this episode, we discuss: Growing up in Wisconsin, in a low income family As a child, Rob became an avid collector of things After college, Rob backpacked around the world Heading to San Diego with only a car full of possessions Rob’s epiphany to “wake up” Learning about other ways of living Asking yourself what you need vs. want Making a list of all the changes you want to make Keep assessing your possessions every 6-12 months Healthy ways to purge your items Sharing resources with your neighbours Living a more connected life The dark side of donating to thrift stores Downsizing to 111 possessions Less stuff = more time Goodbye drivers license, social security card, and bank card Not being attached to money Life with no bills & no cellphone Being mindful means having balance The trash suit experiment Growing and forging food for a year Impact the people around you Show sponsors: Organifi <== 20% off all Organifi products Beekeeper's Naturals <== 15% off all Beekeeper's Naturals products (free shipping on orders $60 or more) Sunwarrior <== 20% off all Sunwarrior products & free shipping over $50 (US only) Related links: Rob Greenfield's website Follow Rob Greenfield on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube Annie Leonard - The Story of Stuff (book) The Story of Cosmetics (video) Goodbye drivers license, social security card, and bank card (YouTube) Growing and Foraging 100% of My Food - No Grocery Stores for a Year! (YouTube) 30 Days of Wearing My Trash (YouTube) Related episodes: 227: Andy Couturier – The Abundance Of Less • Enjoying The Process • Thinking For Yourself 343: Bea Johnson – Zero Waste Home, Experiences Over Stuff, Minimizing Junk Mail 312: James Altucher – Reinvent Yourself, Defining Freedom, Comedians See The Truth 307: Elizabeth Willard Thames aka Mrs. Frugalwoods – Financial Independence Through Simple Living 268: Sarah Wilson – Zero Waste Cooking • Minimal Consumption • Start Thinking Differently Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won't cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you! How can you support our podcast? 1. Apple users, please subscribe and review our show on Apple Podcasts, we make sure to read them all. Android users, be sure to subscribe to our show on Google Podcasts. Subscribers never miss any of the action ;) 2. Tell a friend about The Ultimate Health Podcast. They will surely thank you later. You can use the envelope button below to email a friend or tell them about TUHP in person. 3. Join TUHP Facebook community (FREE). This is where we all stay in touch and ask questions in between episodes. Join our community. 4. Follow our adventures on our favourite social media platform, Instagram. 5. Download The Ultimate Health Podcast app (FREE). This way you'll have our whole library of episodes right at your fingertips. Download our iOS/Apple app or our Android app. 6. Share using the buttons below. Thank you!
Ponder this: Do you think you could grow or wild forage absolutely EVERYTHING you consumed for an entire year? Well, Rob Greenfield is 1 week shy of completing a whole year of doing so and today we talk about his latest “Food Freedom” project, talking everything from how he planned, travelled, what medical precautions he took, what he found hard and what was easy and what he’s looking forward to eating when he’s done. We also go on to talk about foraging, traveling and carbon emissions and being beholden to money and how to reverse that a little in one’s life. Enjoy the show, it’s such a pleasure to have Rob back to chat again bringing with him his infectious enthusiasm for doing better by people and planet. Alexx.  See for privacy information.
Rob Greenfield is an adventurer, environmentalist, author and star of several television shows. We discuss his early life, the American Dream, waste, growing your own food, tiny houses, bartering and much more.
This week’s guest is adventurer and environmental activist Rob Greenfield, whose societal-boundary-pushing projects have ranged from biking across the United States on a bamboo bicycle for sustainability (three times); to dumpster diving in thousands of grocery store dumpsters to raise awareness about food waste and hunger; to wearing 30 days’ of trash to create a visual of how much trash one American creates. Here, we focus on Rob’s latest extreme endeavor: Growing and foraging 100 percent of his food for One. Entire. Year.From his 100-square-foot tiny home in Orlando, Florida (hand-built from 99 percent salvaged materials, natch), Rob shares the eating hows and whats of his aptly named Food Freedom project (think harvested salt and golf-course-foraged giant yams; oh, he also grows his own toilet paper). But with no shortage of self-reflection, Rob also digs deeper: into his own impoverished upbringing, the unintended consequences of living with no car or bank account or bills, and finding his true purpose in a life both inside and outside industrial capitalist society.Some of what we talk about:-What’s behind all the 1s: The launch of Food Freedom on 11/11 and Rob’s 111 possessions-The plan to grow and forage 100 percent of his food for one year; building his 100-square-foot tiny house in Orlando (and why Orlando?)-Staple crops, salt from scratch and the 160-pound yam-How to make coconut oil; North America’s yerba mate-The 11 months of prep that went into the project-Rob’s philosophy on foraging and pesticides-A sampling of the 300-500 foods Rob will be eating for the next 12 months-Taking inspiration from subsistence cultures-The paradox of Rob’s impoverished childhood: “We were consumers. My mom was a consumer; I was a consumer.”-His awakening to “not living a delusional life”-What it’s like to live with no credit cards, no bank account, no driver’s license, no car, no bills and no taxes-Consumerism and mortality-Rob’s vision for the future
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Aug 28th, 1986
United States Virgin Islands
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4 hours, 59 minutes
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