Magazine article New Internationalist

Professor Dumpster

Magazine article New Internationalist

Professor Dumpster

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UNITED STATES

JeffWilson is a typical academic - except for one thing: by the end of January this Texas professor will have made a rubbish dumpster his home. 'Professor Dumpster' will spend 12 months in the three-metre-square dumpster, exploring the hypothesis that people might be happier living with less. 'Frankly, I was just a little bit tired of having all this stuff,' he says.

The idea arose two years ago in Jeff's local Starbucks - a potent symbol of consumerist America. After selling his possessions for a dollar a piece, Jefflefthis flat with just one suitcase in preparation for his unusual move.

'Our entire society is built on growth,' says Jeff. 'This is about experimenting with less - having less stuff, less space, consuming less energy, less water. …

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