It’s not secret that a vast majority of people tend to throw out too much waste that could’ve been used. However, many of us wouldn’t have the nerve to go through others’ dumpsters to try and recover perishable goods. Those that do are often looked at funny, and referred to as “dumpster divers.” However, those that do this, such as Edmonton local Anna Gnida and her roommates, not only see no problem with dumpster diving, but a huge benefit.
Gnida is part of what’s known as the Zero Waste movement, which includes spending almost no money when going to the grocery store. It sounds enticing, doesn’t it? Instead of shopping for non-recyclable packaging at supermarkets, Gnida finds many perishable goods such as produce that are put to waste by the stores after they pass their expiration date. According to Gnida, these produce products are still in perfect shape for consumption, and she can live off of what’s thrown out.
It’s not just food that Gnida and the Zero Waste movement are limited to, either. Cutting out use of plastic altogether is part of this movement, which includes making products out of recyclable materials such as cardboard. She knows that just a few people going through this type of movement doesn’t make a big impact on the world, but it’s one less footprint on the environment. Gnida also admits that it’s not easy to stick to, but she says that it’s worth it in the end if it helps Edmonton and the overall global environment.