This is an update to my earlier post about Freegans...people who live off the trash other people throw away. Yes, this includes food. Freegans are trying to draw attention to the amount of waste people create, and how people in countries like the U.S. consume more than they really need to.

Not to be outdone, the folks in Great Britain are also shedding some light on the subject. For those of you have have BBC America on your cable system, you can check out "Dumped", a four-part mini-series with an episode airing tonight at 10 pm EST.

During the mini-series, 11 people spend three weeks in a garbage dump, living entirely on what others throw out in their trash. Aside from the question of whether they will be able to find enough edible food to survive, I'd like to know how they will deal with the smell.

3 comments

  1. Kathy // March 17, 2008 at 8:19 PM  

    I have watched this show with amazement, it is rivoting.

  2. SavvyFrugality // March 17, 2008 at 10:41 PM  

    I was expecting something like a documentary, but it's more like a reality show. There are different eco-based challenges, and at the end of the show one of the cast members wins money. It's kind of like Survivor with lots of trash.

  3. rachel @ master your card // March 18, 2008 at 8:20 AM  

    I think type of show can really help to open our eyes not only about waste but the importance of reusing things. Recycling is all the rage but reusing is actually better as there is no process involved as the item is not changed into anything else therefore making it cheaper and bette for the environment.

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