Rob Greenfield

Why I Went a Year Without Showering

I recently wrote a story called Lessons Learned from a Year without Showering that was picked up by The Huffington Post. If you haven’t read it the link is there, but basically I went a year without taking a conventional shower and instead just went for a swim when I found a lake, river, or ocean. The story created quite a splash, but why, oh why, would I do something so silly?

One word can sum it all up: freedom.

Freedom from ourselves, freedom from social norms, freedom from money, and freedom from systems that don’t serve our best interest. My activism goes much deeper than the simple act of bathing and it seems most people got the message but here it is again, loud and clear.

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Year without Showering

Lessons Learned from a Year without Showering

*Update 04/20/2015- Today is my 2 year no-shower anniversary! Enjoy the story I wrote a year ago today:

As of today it has been one year since my last shower. Yes, I know that sounds crazy and a year ago I would have agreed with you. I was a regular showering guy for the first 26 years of my life. Well, maybe not every single day, but just about.

So how does a regular showering guy end up going 365 days and counting without taking a shower? It started with a long bike ride across the United States to promote sustainability and eco-friendly living. I set a bunch of rules for myself to follow to lead by example. The rule for water was that I could only harvest it from natural sources such as lakes, rivers, and rain or from wasted sources such as leaky faucets. And I kept track of exactly how much I used too, with an aim of showing just how little we need to get by.

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Rob Greenfield Cycling

Want Freedom?

When I was younger I worked hard to earn a lot of money to buy the freedom to pursue my greatest dreams and desires.

Today I have that freedom to chase down even my most far fetched dreams and I’ve tackled my fair share of them. However, that freedom is only in small part due to my hard work to earn money. On the contrary, I have learned to live with less, to need less, and to want less and that is what has given me the freedom to be who I want to be, to stand strong for what I believe, to be a part of something greater, and to run down every dream that I conjure up.

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Good News in America with Rob Greenfield

Good News in the USA!

New in the United States is full of brain numbing, fear instilling, negative stories, but I am doing my part to change that!

In 2013 my activism was featured in 13 news stories that aired on over 30 channels across the USA.

My aim is to help wake this sleepy country up, and I’m using positive, inspiring, educational stories on the mainstream media to do so.

Here’s the highlight video of my news stories. I bet you can’t watch it without smiling 🙂

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Dandelion

To all that are passionate about a cause or ever may be.

The long term solution to dealing with unwanted weeds is to pull them up from the roots. This is a simple concept that should be applied by anyone working to create positive change. Do not chop at the leaves of your issue, leaving it to pester the next generation, instead learn the roots of the issue and start chipping away from there.

Please share this as a friendly reminder to all.

Rob in Costa Rica

The Farm of Life, Costa Rica: The land of Health and Happiness

Most of the experts in happiness will tell you that it comes from within and this is something I’m beginning to understand and experience more and more. Many of my most challenging moments that would put others to tears have been my happiest. I realize that it is my outlook and attitude that decides whether I feel happiness or sadness under any circumstance. Life is a matter of perspective.

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My craziest adventure yet: Share My Way Home.

This Wednesday, I fly one-way to Panama City with just the clothes on my back and passport, no money, no cellphone or camera, not even a toothbrush. From there I’ll “Share My Way Home” across 4,000 miles and 7 international borders using the sharing economy, resourcefulness, and a combination of social media and human interaction. I’m certain there will be some pretty rough moments but, because of my faith in humanity and the vast connectivity of our world, I think I’ll be just fine. I’m excited for an immersion in meaningful life away from my computer and cellphone, full of good people, and the simplicity of nature. 

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Rob Greenfield Camping in Nevada

Humans. Nothing and Everything

When you look at our existence within a greater perspective, you grasp that we are quite small. The earth is nothing but a speck of dust within an infinitely expanding space. In the grand scheme of existence, each of us humans on this speck of dust are no more important than the ants crawling on the sidewalk or the bees buzzing by.

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Everyday I cause harm. But it’s ok.

This is a summary of my actions that have a negative impact on the earth, people, and critters. This list is not all encompassing and I’m certain that I am not aware of some of the burdens I outsource. I am certain that I screw up more than this list can explain. I don’t shame myself, though, because I have come a long way and will continue to work on these issues. 

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