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Go Green By Dumpster Diving

Avid dumpster diver Jeff Ferrell believes digging through trash is both eco-friendly and fun.

Avid dumpster diver Jeff Ferrell believes digging through trash is both eco-friendly and fun.

Thursday, April 22, 2010 17:18 GMT

FORT WORTH, Texas (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – In honor of Earth Day (Apr. 22), nothing could be more eco-friendly than diving into a dumpster.

So says Jeff Ferrell, a professor at Texas Christian University who learned to live off trash while penning Empire Of Scrounge (NYU Press).

Ferrell is a seasoned dumpster diver, digging through trash every single day to find items that can be reused and kept away from landfills.

For instance, he recently came across discarded paving stones from an old sidewalk that he used to build a wall around his garden.

Ferrell believes dumpster diving is a self-sustainable way to live without being wasteful.

Not to mention there’s seriously cool stuff in trash piles.

He’s discovered a Rolex watch, a diamond bracelet, and brand new clothes and shoes in dumpsters. He also finds fresh food and toiletries still in their packages.

Ferrell hasn’t had to buy new soap or deodorant in 10 years and says the only thing he ever really spends money on is beer.

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