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  • Rantala, Jenni (Helsingin yliopisto, taloustieteen laitos, 2006)
    The goal of this work was to describe the dumpster diving which is done by the persons who criticize consumption. This work discusses solely the dumpster diving of food from the dumpsters of the daily consumer goods trade. The research aims to find out what dumpster diving is, why somebody does it and what kind of life politics dumpster divers have. The empirical part of the work consists of qualitative research material. The qualitative data consists of eight theme interviews of the dumpster divers. The data was analyzed using themes. According to this research dumpster diving is a practical and recycling-based action. The dumpster divers re-use the eatable food from the dumpsters of the daily consumer goods trade. The dumpster divers interviewed in the research usually collect bread, vegetables and fruits from the dumpsters. They dumpster dive mostly at the dumpsters of the near-by trades after the closing hour. On the basis of the interviews it seems that the main reason for dumpster diving is the criticism of consumption. The dumpster divers criticize the growth of consumption and the amount of waste following it. By dumpster diving their food they are able to reduce both their own consumption and the amount of waste ending up to the waste tip. Some of the interviewees mentioned also the financial reasons, but only after the reasons connected to the criticism of consumption. However, nobody dumpster dived because of the financial need. The dumpster divers interviewed in the research are environmentally responsible people. They criticize the continuous economic growth which is occurring at the cost of the environment. Dumpster divers aim to reduce their own consumption and by that way have a positive effect on the ecological state of the world. By collecting their food from the dumpsters they are partially able to stay outside the consumer society and loosen their roles as consumers. Thereby the dumpster divers consider their own life style as the essential way of influencing. The interviewees want to show by their own example that it is possible and even desirable to live simple life in the affluent society.