Vegan dumpster diving

Between 2012 and 2018, a study was carried out by the European Project “Use of Food for Social Innovation through the Optimization of Waste Prevention Strategies” to better understand the causes of food waste and its impacts.


Consumer behaviour, such as how to organize purchases, the storage of food in the refrigerator and the demand for energy to cook, play an important role in reducing waste. Dumping in dumpsters, or “dumpster diving”, is the practice of looking for foods that have been discarded, but are still in good condition for consumption.


The practice has been gaining strength in social classes that are not normally associated with the search for food in dumps. This can be a different way of dealing with waste and making use of available resources. Although best practices must be implemented by the public and private sectors, combined efforts.


Food containing animals corresponds to most food waste.


Selecting only vegan products such as fruits and vegetables is safer and easier to identify when it is not suitable for consumption.

Julia Nogueira

Julia Nogueira

Climber by nature, geographer by formation, and videomaker in an attempt to escape my everyday reality. Currently practicing dumpster diving, seeking vegan and economically possible food.

Vitor Schietti

Vitor Schietti

Just learned a new perspective on food consumption (and waste). I'm still to try dupster diving around my neighbourhood!

Austin Matheney

Austin Matheney

Doctoral Student at ICTA and musician in free time, I believe the transition to a vegan planet is not only highly desirable but is necessary.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp

Share this post with your friends

Scroll to Top