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Trendspotting | Eco Trends | Food Trend | Dumpster Diving

15-03-2011 Dumpster Diving: Long Live Anarchism

While the majority of people go to supermarkets to purchase food, there is a new breed of people who are choosing to forage for their food in supermarket containers under the

cover of night. Our Trendspotters have seen this urban lifestyle trend frequently in the

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media over the
past year and we think it’s worthwhile reporting on. Dumpster diving is also referred to as ‘containering’ and ‘skipping.’ In the alternative scene, ‘scavenging’ is a protest against the immorality of throwing food away in times of economic crisis and widespread hunger. It draws attention to the amount of edible food that supermarkets throw out on a daily basis. According to the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, supermarkets discard 30%-40% of edible goods every day. In many countries, dumpster diving is illegal, but authorities are struggling to control these undercover operations. The trend has also formed a new subculture, where dumpster divers from different areas meet up to exchange various food products and discuss activist projects. There is evidence of this eco trend growing in America, Europe, Australia and Japan.


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  • Posted by Lisa on 16/03/2011 13:44
  • Interesting thinking. Sounds like an adventure!

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