Documentary I Love Trash explores dumpster diving and questions our consumer society

One man's trash truly can be another man's treasure.

One of the long-time dumpster divers interviewed explained, "I'm not supporting an industry which is already wasting so much to feed and overfeed so many people when there are so many other people out int the world who are going hungry, but rather making this industry a little less wasteful."

In essence, people who subscribe to this way of living could be seen as 'super recyclers'. They're reusing items that would end up just go to waste or clog up a landfill. And though many of us would see it as unsanitary, it's not illegal.

One of the filmmakers aptly states, "Environmentally, it's the best way of being a consumer..." "it seems like the most active and effective and possible way of recycling and reusing materials; a lot better even than buying new products that are 'sort of' environmentally-friendly in the way that they were produced."

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Information via Huffington Post.

For three months, two friends vowed not to buy anything and to get everything they needed to live on through the fine art of "dumpster diving" (a.k.a.: digging through the trash). This included apartment furnishings, clothes, food and fuel for their car — no, not by siphoning it from others' cars, they converted their engine to run on cooking oil.

They documented their adventures in their film, I Love Trash, interviewed career scavengers, and explored how and why people (and not just the homeless) dumpster dive. Through the film, they question our society that is based largely on consumption (and waste).


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