Living Without Cash: The Ultimate in Green Lifestyle Choices

I just read about an inspiring individual, so bent on affecting social change, he willingly and happily has given up cash, and as such, has embraced a lifestyle that doesn’t require any. The most profound thing, to me at least, about his choice and the intent behind it, was the realization to which he came while talking to a friend about how to affect the most change:

“We were looking at the world’s issues – environmental destruction, sweatshops, factory farms, wars over resources – and wondering which of them we should dedicate our lives to. But I realised that I was looking at the world in the same way a western medical practitioner looks at a patient, seeing symptoms and wondering how to firefight them, without any thought for their root cause.”

He goes on to say that, “One of the critical causes of those symptoms is the fact we no longer have to see the direct repercussions our purchases have on the people, environment and animals they affect.” This stuck me deeply, as it is the primary reason I do what I do. I firmly believe that if people truly knew how each and every one of their decisions to buy a certain chocolate bar, or type of coffee, or stick of gum, or pair of shoes, or car, or stock options, or cell phone plan; affects a chain of people and various parts of our environment in varying degrees of destructive ways; they would choose more conscientiously. I firmly believe that education and information, as well as being a living example, are the ways to help affect social and environmental awareness and change.

To read more about how Mark Boyle lives without cash, see the entire article on him in the and check out his freeconomy community.

- Jocelyn Broyles

Headline image © Mark Boyle


Sisilie B.
Sisilie B6 years ago


James H.
James Hager6 years ago


Tyler Brandon
Tyler Brandon6 years ago

I wonder how he handles it... I also wonder how he is currently doing.

Tara Skinner
Tara Skinner6 years ago

Very good article I agree. How can consumers REALLY and truly know their impact?

Bridget M.
Past Member 6 years ago

Very cool.

Matilda H.
Past Member 6 years ago

Cool =)

Robyn L.
Robyn P6 years ago

Freegan is interesting, and so is endeavoring to like without exchanging those chits of life energy we call currency.

But we need to give credit to the infrastructure in place. The roads, the power grid that feeds the servers of the Internet, the wifi towers, etc, etc.

Dropping off grid is still an economic interaction, just in different ways.

sandra m.
Past Member 6 years ago

I think the idea is great.....however,how do other peoples purchases and actions still affect him directly?...He may not buy or do something,but someone else probably does.....I take it,he just doesn't ask.

Anthony Crain
Anthony Crain6 years ago

I've visited the website and liked it a lot. It would be neat if everyone could do something similar...

Bella Estrella
Bella Estrella6 years ago

:) good