Dumpster diving; 2009's fastest growing industry

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith Dumpster diving is more than likely going to be the fastest growing industry of 2009 There are many people out there that go dumpster diving on a regular basis and many get most of their food even that way, let alone other items for their homes and even their home offices. Personally, I am one of those that also never can resist to peek into a skip, as we call dumpsters in Britain, just to see as to whether some useful item might lurk within.

Talking Trash.Earth Day and Every Day

Green (Living) Review

From recycling to upcycling to green design, this dumpster diving diva and award-winning interior designer does it all. Check out the stylish stools made from discarded tire rims, tables made from trashed radiators, and desk sets crafted from old cans. Dumpster Diving, Yard Sales, and a Space Only a Hoarder Could Love Carol is energetic and enthusiastic, and a dumpster-diver who can’t resist a yard sale, thrift shop or pile of curbside trash.

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Imperfect vegetables back on the EU table

Green (Living) Review

While in Belgium it is now illegal for supermarkets to throw away food at the end of the day; it will have to be given away to certain good causes, dumpster diving is and remains illegal. The problem, however, does not just begin with the perfectly good food being thrown out at the end of the day by supermarkets (and even market traders) but by supermarket buyers and wholesalers already discarding the non-perfect potatoes, carrots, etc.,

You Know You’re Addicted to Gardening When…

Green (Living) Review

Your non-gardening spouse becomes conversant in botanical names You find yourself feeling leaves, flowers and trunks of trees wherever you go, even at funerals You dumpster-dive for discarded bulbs after commercial landscapers remove them to plant annuals You plan vacation trips around the locations of botanical gardens, arboreta, historic gardens, etc.

2012 106

Living for Free

Green (Living) Review

Dumpster Diving – and Squatting, maybe by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The idea of stepping out and leaving everything behind like Katharine Hibbert, author of “ Free: Adventures on the margins of a wasteful society ”, did is definitely not something for the fainthearted and not for everyone. During the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, nigh on every student's home was furnished from things salvaged from dumpsters and reused or upcycled.

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The Freegan Way

Eco Friendly Daily

When households discard old microwaves, furniture, and other materials, Freegans turn unwanted waste into still useful items. The hot-button strategy is urban foraging, otherwise known as dumpster diving or bin diving. The truth is that, with a constant push to update and upgrade – seasonal wardrobes, newer electronics, and so on – businesses regularly discard perfectly good products.

Wide Horizons: A Journey Across Martu Country

Nature Conservancy - Science

Dumpster Diving for Science. Eddie explains the two strategies of desert transport: invest in an expensive vehicle and hope you get your money’s worth, or buy a handful of cheap junkers and discard them as they wear out. (I’m There are few dark places left. When you look at a map of the dark side of the world, tendrils of light stretch like spiderwebs between glowing cities, illuminating coastlines and rivercourses with knifelike precision.

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The Green Changemakers

Consumers are constantly being bombarded with advertising telling them to discard and replace the goods they already have because this increases sales. Perhaps the most notorious freegan strategy is what is commonly called “urban foraging” or “dumpster diving”. Some urban foragers go at it alone, others dive in groups, but we always share the discoveries openly with one another and with anyone along the way who wants them.

Top 8 Ways to Go Green on the Cheap

The Green Changemakers

Dumpster Dive "If you want people to think about the waste they produce every day, show it to them," advises Jim Hartzfeld, managing director for Interface Raise, the sustainable consulting unit of Interface, the Atlanta, Ga.-based So, Hartzfeld picked a day to pull all of the dumpsters into the parking lot and empty them out.

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