Have you ever repainted a chair from a thrift store or put new hardware on a rescued roadside armoire? If so, you understand the drive to make something new and wonderful out of something broken, old or outdated.
How many times is it okay for me to pick up a piece of banana off the floor and give it back to him? He is not consuming a pure organic diet. Is he going to grow a horn? Did I remember to wash the plum before I handed it to him? And, oops, is he eating the fruit sticker?
Think about the sustainable food movement and stories of dumpster diving or eating insects probably aren't the first things that come to mind. However, perhaps these anecdotes may provide another approach to thinking about sustainable eating.
When you jump all the way into a dumpster, you start thinking about what other people would think if they saw you standing ankle-deep in garbage bags. But I'm already sure that I'm going to try my hand at dumpster diving again.
Here's the idea: On March 7, my roommate and I will head outside in Columbia, S.C. For one week, we will leave behind almost everything except the clothes on our backs. Our purpose? To document the homeless experience in our city firsthand.