A man quit his job to move into an eco-friendly treehouse for $25 a month
This former tree-me! A 35-year-old man says he quit his job at a California supermarket to move into an eco-friendly treehouse in the middle of the Hawaiian jungle, where he lives for just $25 a month
A 35-year-old man quit his job at a supermarket to live in a self-built tree house in the middle of the Hawaiian jungle. Robert Bratton (pictured left) was working as a cashier in Northern California when he decided it was time for a more remote lifestyle.
In 2011, he began traveling the US to find the perfect place to settle before buying a quarter acre of land in Hawaii. The lot, along with building materials, cost him $29,850, and he now lives a sustainable lifestyle in an effort to “save nature.”
It took Robert two years to build the 200-square-foot house, which is raised 40 feet off the ground. It did not need to get a building permit because it is in an “unregulated agricultural zone.” The non-traditional structure has a living room, a bedroom and a bathroom with a shower, toilet and hot water.
Robert also has a greenhouse where he grows most of his produce, including sweet potatoes, kale and micro-greens. But he occasionally buys grains, quinoa and other supplements in a local town more than an hour away. Robert recently took to TikTok to document his lifestyle and has amassed over 843,000 followers on the video-sharing platform with content that “encourages others to get back to basics and appreciate the beautiful outdoors.”
His content, along with his New Earth Organic nutritional supplement business, is what he does for a living. Speaking about his new lifestyle, Robert said: “It’s definitely livable, beautiful and functional – I collect rainwater from the roof for drinking and it flows into the kitchen and bathroom. I also have solar panels for electricity, I use them for my kitchen and wifi to make TikToks – I really don’t miss anything from my old life.”
That’s why his monthly expenses are minimal – and he only spends about $25 a month on Internet access. Robert said he adapted quickly, adding: “I can’t get pizza delivered, or have someone pick up my trash, or have my mail delivered to my house — it was a little weird at first.”
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