For more than two years, 29-year-old Fellmer has been on what he calls a “complete money strike” to show the world how misguided we’ve become about our material possessions and excess consumption, especially of food.
“We have more goods and more luxury than ever,” Fellmer, who lives with his wife and 17-month-old daughter in Berlin, Germany, recently told The Huffington Post over the phone. “But we are lacking human love and appreciation and contact.”
While Fellmer himself lives exclusively with no money, his wife uses the equivalent of around $280 per month (made up from savings and a government child subsidy) to pay for transportation, health care and food for their child.
Fellmer, who is German and graduated from a university in The Hague, Netherlands, is not the first person to purposefully shun currency. In recent years a number of individuals have made headlines for their self-inflicted poverty. Some, like Fellmer, have a similar motivation to draw attention to non-material values.