Eating trash is a blog about dumpster diving, skipping, upcycling, freeganism, and reducing waste. Its aim is to point out the craziness of living in a society where food retailers have to throw away a huge percentage of perfectly edible food while also showing the badass awesomeness of jumping head first into a dumpster in the middle of the night to find your dinner.
By golly! I do love dumpster diving, it is so fruitful! And it makes me so damn sad that people are allowed to throw all this precious food away! It should be law that supermarkets at least have to start a compost. I mean, we could utilise food so it would be useful in the future. I understand the mechanisms of Supply and Demand - when something is old it needs to be thrown away/disposed of in order to fuel the demand system if you gave it to the people you would give them more purchasing power, and in a sense they wouldn’t need to use it so much.
I had a mega dispute with a friend of mine about dumpster diving recently. He was focusing on the “stealing” part of it, and emphasising that it goes against my ideals to take things from other people. My counter argument was: if I see and open opportunity in life I will call t mine. It does not hurt to utilise food stuffs that would otherwise rot. Further, I am wholly aware that without a capitalist system of supply and demand, I would not be able to dive in wonderful dumpsters.
What do you make of it?
I finally dared to go dumpster diving today at a farmers market. It was my first dive ever. We rescued all that food when they closed the market. My bf rescued the flowers from plenty that were thrown out. I don’t even understand how that’s possible. And we only took what we could bring home because this is nothing compared to what we saw. And people around are either cool and will help you or just don’t give a fuck at all. Even sellers were giving us food and stuff. I’m so happy.