Happy Healthy and Free
Happy Healthy and Free was a grassroots 501c3 nonprofit in operation from 2014 to June 2019 with a mission of creating a more sustainable and just world. It was founded by Rob Greenfield who has been educating and inspiring on environmental and social issues since 2011. The nonprofit worked to bring sustainable living to people all over the world and inspire them to make small changes in their lives that make a big difference. As of June 2019 Happy Healthy and Free is no longer active. The nonprofit was closed in good standing, and done to simplify Rob’s work. Instead Rob will be partnering with other nonprofits to carry out this work. Below is a summary of the work that was carried out through Happy Healthy and Free.
In 2018 we launched Gardens for Single Moms, Community Fruit Trees and The Free Seed Project through a partnership with Live Like Ally Foundation. We built and maintained 5 gardens for single parent families, planted 110 Community Fruit Trees in Orlando, and supplied 2,000 garden starter kits to people in all 50 states in the USA. In 2019 we continued these programs sending out 3,000 more free seed packs and planting more gardens for the people and Community Fruit Trees.
In 2017 when Rob’s bamboo bike was stolen he created a fundraiser, and we raised enough funds to give bikes to fifty kids! We believe bad deeds cannot drive out bad deeds, only good deeds can do that!
In 2017 we led one of the largest grassroots bike rides across the USA in recent history. The mission of Green Riders was to do Good Deeds on Bikes and try to leave each community they passed through a slightly better place. On the 11-week journey, they planted 90 fruit trees and thousands of wildflower and vegetable seeds, cleaned up over 20,000 pieces of trash, and rescued 5,000 pounds of good food from dumpsters. They volunteered in community gardens, in the gardens of their hosts, cleaned up trash, and performed random acts of kindness and sustainability.
48 people from 7 countries around the world took part in the cross-country ride. Some cycled coast to coast and others for a state or two. The ride was open for anyone to join for as long as they wanted. Together the Green Riders cycled 87,000 miles. That’s 3.5 times around the world!
Since 2016 we have created 150 videos that have been viewed over 200 million times! We create videos to spread the messages people, organizations, and businesses around the world working toward a more sustainable and just future for all.
People aren’t just watching the videos though. They’re watching and then taking action.
Our video on David Young quickly went viral, reaching over 20 million views. Viewers donated over $10,000 to his nonprofit, local news stations came out to his farm and did stories, his inbox was flooded with people wanting to volunteer, and his Facebook page grew by over 7,000% from 347 likes to over 27,000.
Debbra Arndt, the woman growing a garden to feed the elderly in her neighborhood, raised $4,500 through a fundraiser that Rob created for her after our video came out. The local news channels also covered her work and she was recognized by the Missouri House of Representatives.
These are just a few examples of the positive impact our videos have made.
Here’s a playlist of a selection of the videos we’ve produced so far:
In 2016 we launched Trash Me. The average American creates 4.5 pounds of trash per day, yet most people never think twice about their trash. Once it’s in the garbage can, it’s out of sight, out of mind. We wanted to create a visual that would help people understand just how much trash they create and inspire them to make positive changes. So for 30 days, Rob lived just like the average American and he wore every piece of trash he created. Our videos were viewed tens of millions of times, the story was covered by hundreds of media outlets, and our campaign created over 1 billion media impressions.
In 2015 Rob publicly offered to give assistance to anyone who is arrested for dumpster diving. On October 5, 2016, nearly two years later, Tony Moyer and Sam Troyer were arrested for dumpster diving and contacted Rob. We started the Dumpster Divers Defense Fund and managed to have all charges against Tony and Sam dropped! The story spread nationwide through media outlets including NPR, The Washington Post, and NowThis, and this victory has set a precedent for anyone possibly arrested for dumpster diving for food in the future!
We are also the creators of The Food Waste Fiasco, a campaign that strives to end food waste and hunger. We’ve hosted over 15 demonstrations across the USA.
Much of our work is brought to you through eco-adventures and environmental activism campaigns by Rob. From cycling across the country for sustainability (three times) to traveling across continents showing that people are good, to to wearing 30 days worth of trash while living like the average American to create a visual of how much trash just one person creates, Rob has reached millions of people and gotten the wheels spinning in their heads.
Public Speaking is one of the main ways that we raise funds for our environmental campaigns. Rob has spoken at over 130 events to more than 13,000 people in 13 countries. He has spoken at a wide range of venues from elementary school through universities, small businesses to international corporations, rural villages to big cities, municipal organizations, nonprofits, and more.
We also support many other organizations through funding their work and bringing attention to them.
As of June 2019 Happy Healthy and Free is no longer active. The nonprofit was closed in good standing, and done to simplify Rob’s work. Instead Rob will be partnering with other nonprofits to carry out this work.
Happiness, healthy and freedom to you all!