Extreme Minimalists: Man is homeless by choice

Welcome to Extreme Minimalists, which shares the stories of individuals who live on less. Check back every week for a new episode, from a family of three living in a van to a woman who lives with absolutely zero furniture!

Ethan Schneider isn't just an extreme minimalist, but an ultra-minimalist. In fact, he's so committed to this lifestyle that he is willing to sleep on the streets of New York City to lessen his impact on the world. 

Schneider stores his possessions on his "mobile home," a mountain bike engineered with an electric front wheel and a trailer at the end. Included on his bike are a compost jar, a porta potty and even cleaning supplies. 

"It's important to me to leave every place I go a little bit cleaner than when I found it," he told AOL Lifestyle. As a freegan, Schneider relies on his minimal possessions and rejects consumerist ideals. 

"Most freegans are mostly collecting or scavenging from the waste that grocery stores produce," he explained. "I've taken my freeganism to exploring just really any trash can."

His journey to a becoming a freegan (a cross between the words "free" and "vegan") was really an accident, a lifestyle he stumbled upon when he was backpacking.

"It became clear to me that I could make some compromises in order to pay rent. Or, I could choose to become even more minimal. If you're going to do some things that are abnormal, there's always going to be people that don't understand. And so, you have to have good reasons for doing what you're doing."

See more of Schneider's unconventional life in the video above! 

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Bee's Wrap Reusable Food Wrap

This is the reusable alternative to plastic wrap. Just wash it in cool water with mild soap and let it air dry before using again. It's made with cotton and beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin. 


Budieggs Wool Dryer Balls

These dryer balls can replace your dryer sheets and fabric softener. Throw them in the dryer and they can can soften fabrics, reduce wrinkles and catch lint and pet hair.


Wowe Natural Organic Bamboo Toothbrush

Everything from the packaging to the brush handle to the bristles is eco-friendly. A 4-pack should last you a year, according to the brand. 


SodaStream Source Sparkling Water Maker

Make your own sparkling water (or sparkling lemonade, soda and more!) with a SodaStream. This can also help you eliminate the waste of plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

You can find the carbonator (not included) here.


Keurig My K-Cup Universal Reusable Ground Coffee Filter

With these reusable filters, you can avoid throwing out those plastic K-Cups. Plus, you can fill them with any type of ground coffee you want. 


BB Brotrade Reusable Mesh Produce Bags

Avoid the plastic bags at the grocery store and keep your produce in these reusable and washable produce bags. They're mesh, so you can even use them to wash and soak your produce. 


Prep Naturals Glass Meal Prep Containers

Save your leftovers in these containers that are microwave, oven, freezer and dishwashwer safe. They beat out the plastic ones that get nasty food stains and melt in the microwave any day!


rezip Lay-Flat Lunch Leakproof Reusable Storage Bag

Take your snacks to work or store them in the fridge or freezer with these reusable bags made with FDA-grade PEVA material.


Squooshi Reusable Food Pouch

When making baby food or kids snacks (like applesauce), store it in these reusable squeeze pouches. 


Xanitize Wet Mop Pads for Sweeper

Replace your Swiffer pads with these reusable ones that pick up dirt and dust. They're dual-sided for both dry dusting and wet mopping. 


Green Estate Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

Use the black side for mascara, lipstick and other pigmented makeup and use the white side for toner and moisturizer. Once you're done using, rinse with water and throw in the provided laundry bag, which can then be throw in with the rest of your laundry to wash and reuse.  


Croon Cleansing Starter Fibers in Waves

This makeup remover pad takes things a step further and eliminates the use of any makeup removing cleanser or chemicals. Just use with water, wash and reuse. You'll refrain from wasting cotton balls and the plastic containers cleaners generally come in.


Swell Zephyr Water Bottle (with sport cap)

Ditch the plastic water bottles and drink out of a Swell water bottle. It keeps cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours. This one also comes with the sports cap, meant for taking to the gym and minimal spills. 


Creative Green Life Insulated Grocery Shopping Bags 

Keep your groceries cold and avoid using plastic bags with these large reusable bags. 


Tiblue Collapsible Metal Straw

This rainbow metal straw folds up into a small case and is made of food-grade stainless steel that won't rust and is FDA-approved. 


renüSTRAW Silicone Collapsible Straw

These reusable straws are great for kids (and straw chewers). They come in a case with a cleaner and stay at a normal temperature when sipping on hot and cold drinks. 


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