South Dakota Native Uses Tiny House Tour to Promote Sustainability
SIOUX FALL, S.D.- A South Dakota native and her partner are hoping their message of living sustainably and protecting the environment will leave an impact on the people that walk through their tiny home tour. The couple has been taking their tiny-home-on-wheels to around 50 cities and one of their stops today was at the Sioux Falls Butterfly House and Aquarium.
“So, we really honestly try to make it as sustainable as possible. Is it perfect, no, but we do what we can,” says Owner of Creative Animal Tiny House Tour Stephanie Arne.
Arne and her partner Tim Davison’s passion for animals and desire to have them live a better life is what got them to where they are now.
“My love for animals has totally turned into me living in a 200 square feet tiny house on wheels and spreading the word cause; I feel like maybe a lot of people aren’t aware of how much trash is in the ocean,” says Arne.
For 10 months, the couple has been traveling in their 200 square feet and 13 thousand pounds tiny house to bring awareness about their nonprofit organization, The Creative Animal Foundation, which focuses on the importance of living small and protecting the environment.
“And push our community to do the best that we can to make it a more healthy sustainable planet, not just for animals, but for people too,” says Arne.
However, taking the step to move into the tiny house wasn’t easy.
“We did have to cut back on almost everything we owed to move into the house and about the first couple of weeks things were pretty rough,” says Arne.
Now the place has become their home and an educational piece as more than 15,000 people have toured their home and they say they hope that others can be inspired to live like them.
“They realize that minimalist living, yes, although it is a challenge, it is actually accomplishable,” says Arne.
Stephanie says although everyone has a different American dream, she knows the tiny house is a dream for others and Dani Franseen feels the same.
“I think it’s a lot better than having a mortgage,” says Franseen as she laughs.
Dani says she has been passionate about seeing a tiny house in person and didn’t want to miss the opportunity.
“My fiancé shared it with me and I was like, yes, we need to come and see it, I’m so excited,” says Franseen.
Although Dani’s dream of having a tiny house might not happen right now, she says it’s something, she’s not going to give up on.
“For a four family, I don’t know, I mean it’s probably something for 20 years down the road, but you know, it could happen,” says Franseen.
As tiny homes increase in popularity, Stephanie says the number of communities wanting one will continue to grow.
“I think it is the future for a lot of people, this is not a fad, this is a movement and it’s not going anywhere,” says Arne.
Stephanie says her hope is that people say no to plastic because of the impact it has on animals. The next stop for their tiny house tour is Stephanie’s home town, Pierre.
If you would like to see Stephanie and Tim come to your city, you can make a recommendation on their website on why they should visit.