This Dude Only Owns 15 Things (Not Counting Underwear)

by , 01/11/12

Andrew Hyde, conscious consumption, eco-fashion, ethical fashion, green fashion, overconsumption, Sustainable Fashion, sustainable style, voluntary simplicity

If one of your New Year’s resolutions this year is to live the simple life, take a tip from Andrew Hyde, a man who only owns 15 things. If you’re thinking that it’s not that difficult to pare down to fifteen items of stuff, chew on the fact that the average woman owns about 20 pairs of shoes alone. Hyde, a popular blogger, start-up founder and conference organizer sold most of his stuff back in 2010 and now travels from city to city – talk about packing light! To be fair, Hyde doesn’t include socks or undies in his count (frankly, we’re relieved) but we still applaud his extreme minimalism. Read on to see the 15 essential items Hyde can’t live without.


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  1. bouwgod August 7, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Doesn’t matter how he does it, or whether he eats out to do it, the premise of his philosophy is admirable. You think about all the costs involved in maintaining the mountain of assets the average person has – he doesn’t have them!

  2. y2k_mad_hatter January 12, 2012 at 12:30 am

    This is totally just a facade to pay for his travels, I used to do competition hiking when I was younger and you need more that clothes and a laptop to survive daily. Good on him for using this to pay his way around and good luck, it’s just not feasible long term. *flips a 5 cent coin* there’s mine.

  3. ras5555 January 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Funny – there are plenty of poor ppl in the ghetto wondering why it is a big deal about “living simply”

  4. GMike January 11, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I think even frontier mountain men who pioneered the west carried more stuff than that. They did not have restraunts, convienence stores,hotels,and taxis though.

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