Back in the Spring we shared a story about a professor out in Texas that was going to live in a rehabbed dumpster for the year. His goal was not to promote that we should all live in dumpsters, but it was to promote that we can all live with a little less. His main message has been that we can all live in a more environmentally friendly and sustainable way. Maybe if we all downsize just a little it can help a lot. Below you can see images of Jeffery Wilson throughout the year in his makeshift home. It may look more cozy and comfortable then you were expecting. Although we doubt it will mean you are going to run out and buy a dumpster to convert into a home. It is hard to go without our usual comforts. We think dumpsters are still best used for clean out projects and renovations to your home, but maybe those projects can mean a more environmentally friendly lifestyle for you and your family. Install solar panels, get rid of your old energy eating appliances and buy more efficient ones, or replace your leaky windows with air tight ones. Do you think you could live in a dumpster for a year to make a point, do you think you could even last one night? We don’t recommend renting one of our dumpsters to give it a try.
Jeffrey Wilson – associate professor of biological sciences and dean of the University College at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin – has spent the better part of 2014 living minimally in a surprisingly not-trashy space: a dumpster. Wilson’s ongoing Dumpster Project aims to see how humans can live in a comfortable but environmentally sustainable fashion.