The Dumpster Life Project

How much stuff do we really need to be happy? That's the question Jeff Wilson, Environmental Science professor and Dean of Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas is trying to answer.

Wilson is conducting a social experiment where he lives a minimalist life in a 33 square foot dumpster for one year. He started with just a bare-bones dumpster but has since a bed, minimal storage and even air conditioning. The project will enter it's third phase in a few months, he calls it the "uber dumpster home". The dumpster will be fitted with solar panels and will have a bit more curb appeal added.

Professor Wilson told The Atlantic, "The big hypothesis we’re trying to test here is, can you have a pretty darn good life on much, much less?” He paused. “This is obviously an outlier experiment. But so far, I have, I’d say. A better life than I had before.”

You can check out the video here.

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