Green Extreme: Avoiding Debt ... Living in Van

Green Extreme: Avoiding Debt ... Living in Van

Anyone who's ever struggled to pay off a student loan can probably relate to Ken Ilgunas' story. Maybe you even dreamed of doing something like what he's doing—living in a '94 Ford Econoline van in a student parking lot at Duke to avoid taking out any loans for a master's degree.

Ilgunas' story isn't really one about making a conscious decision to live a greener lifestyle, but it is a pretty interesting experiment in learning what a person needs to survive and be happy. Ilgunas decided he only needed a bed, a cooking stove, and a little shelter.

Here's a quote we particularly liked:

I wanted to test my limits. I wanted to find the line between my wants and my needs. I wanted, as Thoreau put it, "to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life … to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms."

Read Ilgunas' whole story here.

(Image: Flickr member Pink Moose licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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