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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!
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.
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.
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