Why I Cut Up My Drivers License, Social Security Card and Debit Card

About one and a half years ago, on August 24th, 2016, I took a big step. I cut up my driver’s license, social security card, debit card, and checks. I canceled my bank account, vowed not to take social security, and made the plan of never having a drivers license again. For me, this was a huge step forward. For others, it would be considered a huge step backward. Some people think of me as on a path to ultimate freedom, others think I’m an idiot. I understand both perspectives.

Earlier in 2017, I released a two-minute video of the day I cut up these items. Since then I’ve intended to write a longer explanation of why, but it slipped by on my list of projects, videos, and blogs to write. Today I’m excited to finally share more with you. I am going to share my philosophy to a much deeper extent than a two minute video can do and answer most of the questions that have been posted over the last year on social media.

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Food Freedom- A Year of Growing and Foraging 100% of My Food

Announcing my next big project!

For one year I will grow and forage 100% of my food, while living in the urban city of Orlando, Florida. Every single morsel of food, down to the salt, oils, and herbs will come from the land and I will harvest it myself. I will go an entire year without eating food from grocery stores (including the dumpsters), restaurants, or even taking a nibble of chocolate or a sip of tea at a party.

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Rob Greenfield’s Simple Sustainable Apartment

Want to see what my life was like 3 years ago when I still lived in a “normal apartment”?
I think many of you may find this more relatable and achievable than living in a tiny house or with just 111 possessions so I’m really excited to share this with you!

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Nothing New for a Year – Spring Update

My last Nothing New for a Year blog came out on February 12, 2017 and was the journal of my first month of buying nothing new for an entire year. Here it is September 1st, and 6 months have passed without a new blog. I was planning on doing a monthly blog about this experience, but that completely got away from me. It’s safe to say I have been overly busy for a good portion of this year.
I am going to catch you up to date in a series of two blogs. This one will include February through May, including three weeks in Florida, six weeks in Costa Rica, and a seven-week speaking tour in Europe. The next blog will document my bicycle ride across the United States. A lot happened in both, so I could easily have split this up into more blogs, but I’ll go with that for the sake of finally catching up.

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Be the Change in a Messed up World TEDx – Rob Greenfield

6 years ago I began walking a new path. I left behind my destructive life of partying, chasing women, material possessions, and millionaire dreams and turned it all in for a more happy, healthy, and environmentally friendly life. I’ve made 100’s of positive changes over the last years to get to where I am today and the journey continues.
I’m so excited to share my new TEDx talk, Be the Change in a Messed up World, with you. I’m certain that most of you will get some real inspiration to become the change that you wish to see in the world. And get some good laughs and smiles in too!

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Nothing New for a Year 2017- January

My first month of buying nothing new for a year was a success! I had a few challenging moments but made it out of the month having bought nothing new. This is largely a personal challenge for myself to see if I can make it a year without having to buy (or be given) anything new but it is also a means to inspire others to be more resourceful and find ways to meet their needs that do not involve going out and buying anything new. This is beneficial in many ways but my two personal favorites are the reduction of environmental impact and the reduction of money needed to live. It’s easy to just run out to the store or go online and buy anything we need because we live in a society that has made shopping very convenient, seemingly mentally rewarding, and almost seemingly necessary to just be a “normal” member of society. But the problem is that all of this stuff causes real environmental destruction and is the source to many of the most pressing and depressing environmental and social issues of our time. Simply not buying new stuff is one way to live a drastically more environmentally and socially conscious and responsible life. The Story of Stuff does an incredible job of showing how the cost of our cheap stuff is externalized to the natural environment and other people. 

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Nothing New for a Year 2017

I’m not usually a New Year’s resolution kind of guy but this year I’m making a huge one. For all of 2017 I won’t buy anything new. That’s right, nothing new at all.

I should say this won’t be nearly as challenging for me as it would be for most people. I’ve been simplifying my life for about 5 years now and have drastically reduced my needs and consumption during this time. I own fewer than 111 possessions, have a net worth of just a few thousand dollars, and practice a mostly zero waste life. Because of this I already buy very little stuff and I’m very happy and comfortable this way. However buying NOTHING NEW FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR will be a whole new ball game for me. Nothing new for a week would be easy. Nothing new for a month would take a little preparation. But nothing new for a year is uncharted territory for me. I’m raising my sail and sailing far away from consumerism. I’m not sure if I’ll be 100% successful in this endeavor but I will be 100% transparent. For those who want to stay informed I’ll be posting a monthly blog and will let you know if I make exceptions or mistakes. I will list out every single new item I purchase if I do.

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