On a Sunday in 2013, a 30-year-old woman was at her grandma’s house for lunch. On the table were cheesecakes, pies, cream pies, cookies, coffee and milk. After a normal meal with her family, she took a radical decision: ignore our consumer society and live cashless for a year.

Greta Taubert, a freelance journalist wanted to know what it would be like if our economic system collapsed and suddenly Money wasn’t worth anything. She started making everything possible with her own hands: deodorants, shampoos, face creams, toothpastes, soap… all 100% organic.

In an interview for German TV, she laughed, remembering the first time she washed her hair with her own shampoo and her friends said she looked hideous.

During her cashless year, Taubert met hippies, eco-extremists, and had a shared garden, where she and others with the same lifestyle she adopted would grow their fruits and vegetables. For her, the hardest part was during the winter, when it was only possible to grow a few things that would survive the cold weather, like cabbage and potatoes.

Greta started shopping for new clothing at second-hand clothes exchange stores, and would visit a few trash cans looking for materials that could be recycled and reused.

“Our economic system is based on the perspective of infinite growth, but our ecological world is limited”

It is known to everyone nature sources have an end, and humans have caused drastic changes in the environment over the years. A balanced life between the capitalist system and being ecologically responsible, while maintaining a good quality of life, is still a challenge to overcome in the 21st century.

The number of adopters of this extreme ecologically correct lifestyle Greta put herself into for a year is growing, with online food-sharing websites and tips for new users. People who believe our system is chaotic and are concerned about the future of the planet and want to make a better world for the next generations. In 2012, only in Germany, nearly seven million tons of food landed in the garbage, a waste of 180 pounds of food per person.

The Book

Taubert then decided to write a book, describing her daily and unique experiences while living away from money. The title is “Apokalypse Jetzt!”, German for “Apocalypse Now!" The book has not been translated to English yet, but highlights a different point of view in life, encouraging her readers to re-think about the little things that can be done, that together would provokea big change.

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