Never mind the Ph.D. and middle-class trappings--Laura Pritchett
is a Dumpster diver and proud of it. Ever since she was old enough
to navigate the contents of a metal bin, she has reveled in the
treasures found in other people's cast-offs.
For "Going Green," Pritchett has gathered the work of more than
twenty writers to tell their personal stories of Dumpster diving,
eating road kill, salvaging plastic from the beach, and forgoing
another trip to the mall for the thrill of bargain hunting at yard
sales and flea markets. These stories look not just at the many
ways people glean but also at the larger, thornier issues dealing
with what re-using--or not--says about our culture and
The essayists speak to the joys of going beyond the norm to save
old houses, old dishwater, old cultures, old Popsicle sticks, and
old friendships--and turning them into something new. Some write
about gleaning as a means of survival, while others see the
practice as a rejection of consumerism or as a way of treading
lightly on the earth.
Brimming with practical and creative new ways to think about
recycling, this collection invites you to dive in and find your own
way of going green.
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