This is an opportunity for our students. It is a “combination of social conditioning, habit, and co-dependency, education. They know sustainably but not the practicality of it,” says Ag Tech instructor Jean Smith, who along with several of her classes toured our tiny house and talked with us about more sustainable options in the tech fields. What an interesting thought, right?

What are we co-dependent on? Is it co-dependent on another human being? Is it more on a consumer level with us being co-dependent on businesses and industry? Codependency has been defined as “a type of dysfunctional helping relationship where one person supports or enables another person’s drug addiction, alcoholism, gambling addiction, poor mental health, immaturity, irresponsibility, or under-achievement.” That thought really makes us stop and question just what we are codependent on in regards to consumption and sustainability. Replace drug addiction, alcoholism, etc. with more applicable (to the high school parameter) with something like tastes in music, opinion of celebrity, shopping habits, etc. and it seems we may have an issue on our hands. Come to think of it, many of us are codependent at all stages of our life. We allow ourselves to be told what to buy, what to wear, how to wear it, why we should wear it, etc. and rely less and less on our personal convictions and our ability to speak loudly with our dollars. This open house brought up as many points for us as we hope it did for the 650 students that passed through our tiny house doors!

Enjoy the video below of our experience at South Lenoir High School in Deep Run, NC. And while you are at it, subscribe to our YouTube channel for many more videos of our U.S. Tour and our nationwide challenge!



1Johnson, R. Skip (13 July 2014). “Codependency and Codependent Relationships”. Retrieved 11 November 2016.