Dumpster Diving for Hotel Food in Eilat, Israel

Green Prophet

For want of food, or a simpler way of life, here a Green Prophet reader spots a dumpster diver in the city of Eilat, just inside the hotel zone along the sea. Apparently this anonymous dumpster diver was collecting protein, pieces of meat, and was tossing it into a special box, which the cat nearby found quite appetizing. His bike contained bags for different kinds of “finds” rested alongside the dumpster wall. Food & Health dumpster diving Eilat Israel

Dumpster Diving for your needs and wants

Green (Living) Review

They arrive at an unfurnished apartment with the clothes on their back and a flashlight, and we slowly see them decorate their apartment and make clothes from things they've found in dumpsters. Dumpster Diving is a real means to an end and is becoming a little bit of a religion to some people. By Michael Smith (Veshengro) The new film 'I Love Trash' is a documentary that follows two friends as they live for three months by getting everything they need out of the trash.

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.

Cafe serving food recycled from bins opens in Bristol

Green (Living) Review

dumpster diving food waste green living A new cafe serving meals made from food rescued from the bin has opened in Bristol. Customers at Skipchen are not charged a set price for items on the menu but asked to "pay-as-you-feel" instead. A cafe that opened in Bristol on Monday, serving food rescued from the bin, has already served meals that included lobster and gorgonzola.

In the Weeds: A Beginner's Guide to Foraging

Green (Living) Review

Foraging is not associated with Dumpster diving,” laughs Ava Chin, urban forager and author of " Eating Wildly ," addressing a common misconception. Foraging. It’s a buzzword you'll soon start hearing everywhere, if you haven't already (foraged fiddleheads or ramps are on all the hip spring menus). It's also an ancient way of gathering food.

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Guy Lougashi Fashions Amazing Sculptures Out of Tape

Green Prophet

In the past we have featured Guy’s woven paper designs and he has been known to go dumpster diving for materials to use in his growing portfolio. More on Guy Lougashi: Guy Lougashi’s Dumpster Diving Designs. Guy Lougashi makes incredible sculptures entirely out of either colored or transparent tape.

Waste, in this case, food waste

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This photo was sent to the Austrian broadcast station ORF heute konkret by a viewer and shows a dumpster outside of a branch of a well-known supermarket chain in Vienna after the shop had closed in late July 2014. The gate has been erected in such a way that hungry needy folks and the homeless can watch how the fruit and vegetables, mostly still good and edible, rots in the heat of summer.

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Special Trash Day equals free stuff

Green (Living) Review

The evening before such a day means it is time for, not so much dumpster-diving but dumpster-browsing, and curb shopping. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Normally, trash day isn't something to get excited about or to write (home) about. Gathering all the rubbish from around the house and getting it all in the bin and remembering to put the bin outside the night before because the garbage men come at 7 am is all and not very exiting.

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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. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Unbeknown to many in the European Union, I am sure, fruits and vegetables deemed unattractive or imperfect such as knobby carrots and overly-curvy cucumbers were actually banned from being sold to consumers. This ban.

Tiny trash homes “buy” humanity with salvaged waste

Green Prophet

He erects one-room houses to hotel the homeless, dumpster diving for raw materials which he reassembles into inventive (and minuscule) mobile homes. Dumpster diving isn’t for everyone. If you are a dumpster diver, who likes to salvage perfectly great items that other people shop for, online or in stores, start up a project like this for homeless near you.

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How to Start a Bike-Powered Food Rescue Program

The Green Changemakers

The growth of dumpster diving isn’t just a radical hipster thing; it reflects a broader realization that we’re tossing away not only good food, but also the resources that went into growing, harvesting, and distributing it. Still don’t want to go after food in dumpsters, even if it is fresh and edible? If you’d like to rescue some of it yourself, and there’s not a nearby organization in which you could volunteer (and you don’t want to dumpster dive), you could start your own.

Improving conditions for Waste Pickers

Green (Living) Review

Although garbage sorting was already a family occupation it is easier for small children than adults to “dumpster dive”. While we did not dumpster dive when I was a child picking the garbage dumps was an occupation we did carry out and I was in the depths of it – literally – from a young age.

Protect or destroy a virtual world in The Sims new eco pack


They can even dumpster dive for upcycling material. Just as real-life youth are growing up in a world where pollution will ruin their health , neighborhoods, oceans and planet if they don’t take drastic action, so go their virtual counterparts in The Sims.

Gleaning and gleaners

Green (Living) Review

Dumpster diving also would fall under the term gleaning in the modern sense and so could also the activity of any of us who picks up the things that others have lost (and are too lazy to come and look for again) or have deliberately thrown “away” while they still can be used. It is a different issue, obviously, when it comes to (fresh) food that has been gleaned, whether from the fields, from markets or from dumpsters.

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Austerity bites hard in Europe

Green (Living) Review

While dumpster diving and the Freegan lifestyle is a good green option in many cities of the European Union all kinds of people are no forced to check the dumpsters outside the back of stores for food (and other items). No one, bar Freegans, some other greens, and some of the welfare recipients, would have, until recently, thought about checking through the dumpsters outside stores for still edible foods for their dinner but it now is becoming a very common sight.

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Interview: Activist lives off food that he grows and forages for an entire year


three times on a bamboo bicycle, diving into more than 2,000 dumpsters and traveling internationally with no money. Related: Incredible edible landscape map shows you where to find free food It’s an extremely immersive project, where I’m diving deep into food and really understanding my connection to it. Inhabitat: Is dumpster diving allowed? Inhabitat: Do you have advice for anyone who wants to dumpster dive?

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.

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System change not climate change

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Would any sane person think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday; or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons; or that dancing around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

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The Freegan Way

Eco Friendly Daily

The hot-button strategy is urban foraging, otherwise known as dumpster diving or bin diving. For some people, the only way forward is to step off the conveyor belt of consumption. Fed up with buying things that are unnecessary while observing rampant waste, small groups find their way into practicing Freeganism. It’s not for the faint of heart. By North American standards, Freeganism is pretty extreme, since it rejects many societal norms.

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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Wasted: The Ugly Truth about Food Waste (and what you can do about it!)

Green Living Ideas

Dumpster Diving… not for everyone! According to some estimates, we waste up to 50% of our total food purchased. That means half of the work the farmers do, half the water used as irrigation, half the oil used to transport the goods, half the time you spend in the grocery store is simply… wasted. Doesn’t that seem crazy? How can I (we) stop wasting? Step One: Look at the facts- check out this awesome infographic below! From here.

Green Hero: Gili Islands’ Delphine Robbe

Green Traveler Guides

GET got off the ground, in 2001, by raising money from island dive shops to support local fisherman who wanted to patrol the waters against the newly illegal practice of dynamite fishing. Diving into a challenge. On Gili Trawangan —largest and most touristic of the three-island archipelago—she initially trained as a SCUBA diving instructor at Big Bubble Dive. Gili dive shop détente. We’re a small dive shop,” Marie concludes in a tone of genuine modesty. “We’re

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Passion Lilie’s Fair-Trade Print Fabulousness: How I Wear Eco Fashion

Eco Chic

Dumpster-dived Slip from Anthropologie: When I lived in NYC, I regularly found clothing in the garbage at the Anthro on 5th Avenue. I was thrilled to try out a couple of Passion Lilie ‘s fabulous eco fashions recently; I could tell, even before they arrived in the mail, that I was going to just LOVE their prints—and they were even lovelier IRL than I had imagined.

Big Box waste! What can we do about it?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) H&M and Wal-Mart have begun – claiming though that it is not policy and pigs fly – to destroy usable garments before trashing them, presumably so that people do not go and dumpster dive for the free clothes, in the same way as big food chains pour bleach on perfectly edible baked goods that they are throwing into the dumpsters at the end of the day. It is not like this food that is being thrown away into the dumpsters is rotten.

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Wide Horizons: A Journey Across Martu Country

Nature Conservancy - Science

Dumpster Diving for Science. 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. The few dark places that do remain are surrounded on every side by light. The Tibetan plateau’s grasslands, the Sahara Desert’s dunes, the forests of the Amazon and Africa’s Congo basin. And the red heart of Australia.

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Books that Changed Everything

Green Living Ideas

This book covers many subjects, both new and vintage: issues around raw milk procurement, the joy of eating roadkill, the fun of homemade fermentation projects , dumpster diving, and underground food-sharing groups. Falling in love with books is much like falling in love with humans: not only do they teach you new and exciting things about yourself, they open you up to as-yet unknown possibilities in life.

Eco-superheros Moving Boxes Man and Boxy expose the “recycling” industry by preventing box abuse and promoting box reuse.

Green Life Smart Life

They’re helping eliminate the need for “dumpster diving&# or “box begging&# for abused boxes that may be damaged or unsanitary. Los Angeles, CA January 1st, 2010 — Enter Boxy and Moving Boxes Man, part human, part box, these “cardborgs&# have built a website that offers gently-used shipping boxes sold in moving kits with 1-3 day free delivery, nationwide. Watch their YouTube eco-mmerical here: [link] .

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Parking Karma

Sightline Daily

Does she dumpster dive? Parking karma. Mait Jüriado, cc. “My My sister has great food karma. She finds great food, and she never pays.” If you heard someone say that, you’d just scratch your head. What could that mean? If you substitute the “parking” for “food,” though, it makes sense. Indeed, a friend said those exact words to me recently, so I started asking others about their parking karma.

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Freegan: strategies for sustainable living beyond capitalism

The Green Changemakers

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. [link] Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources.


The Green Changemakers

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. Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources.

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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