NORMAL - A pair of Illinois State graduates are on a quest for a new way of living.
In a world constantly debating natural energy and limited resources, Rae Lawrence and Kelsey Sharp are searching for a new way to live.
"We wanted to learn how to provide for our own needs and use more smart renewable energy sources to just be smarter about the way we live on this earth, so we can continue to live on it," said Sharp.
So they're traveling the world to find and learn from people who use renewable energy to satisfy their basic needs. They've visited New Mexico, North Carolina, New York and Virginia. They've traveled more than 3,000 miles and barely spent a dime via fundraising and dumpster diving.
Most importantly, they're shooting a documentary to share with the world.
"I'm a big advent of recycling and curb side shopping but when we started traveling, I started seeing it taken to a whole new level," said Sharp.
They've encountered a school bus which was transformed into a home and runs on vegetable oil. In New Mexico, they helped build an "earth ship," a fully functioning house made out of recycled materials. It self heats and recycles rain water.
"It takes the water and fully recycles rain water and fully recycles it. You're taking water that recycles then to shower water which is then drained down and recycled to your plants and then from there used as your toilet water," said Lawrence.
They're searching for people from all climates and incomes. They want people to know that this way of life is possible for anyone. And it's time to stop wasting what we have.
Kelsey and Rae say they plan to distribute the documentary for free when it's done. They hope to raise enough money to go to Seattle and Canada in April.
The pair is raising money online. If you'd like to help them fund raise, look up their project on www.gofundme.com/JustBe.