Meet Professor Jeff Wilson, also known as "Professor Dumpster," the man who traded in his 2,500 square-foot house for a 6x6-foot dumpster. But before you start feeling sorry for him, know that this is part of his sustainability-focused experiment, The Dumpster Project. Professor Dumpster's goal is to show that you can live comfortably and sustainably without a huge space.
By living in a dumpster that is only 1% of the size of the average American home, he strives to use 1% of the water and energy while creating 1% of the waste. The project is being completed in three phases, starting with "dumpster camping" in a bare-bones dumpster, then moving on to adding storage and a bed to make it more livable, and turning the dumpster into the ultimate sustainable home.
But living in a dumpster isn't all sunshine and rainbows. During the summer, the Texas heat can easily top 100 degrees, making it unbearable during the day. But Professor Dumpster takes it all in stride and uses it as an opportunity to spend more time in the community and think about what a person really needs in a home.
And let's not forget the bow ties. Professor Dumpster has a ratio of "eight or nine" bow ties to four shirts. He keeps all his minimal possessions in cubbies under a recently installed false floor, along with some camping cooking equipment.
But the dumpster isn't all about sacrifice; it has perks too. In July, Professor Dumpster asked Twitter what he needed, and the response was almost unanimous: air conditioning. So on his six-month anniversary of living in the dumpster, he procured a modest air conditioner.
The Dumpster Project is about living sustainably in a tiny space and finding creative solutions to the challenges that come with it. It's about living simply and being mindful of our impact on the environment and the world around us. So next time you see a dumpster, don't just dismiss it as trash; it could be someone's tiny, sustainable home.