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NowThis Earth


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Economics

Resource Type

  • Videos, 13 minutes, 20 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New York, New York City


YouTube Video

How Dumpster Divers Became Sustainable Heroes

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  • This video explains the role of dumpster diving in ensuring sustainability, reducing waste, and effecting change. 
  • Students learn about wastage within the retail system, campaigns around dumpster diving, and how they can effect change. 
Teaching Tips


  • Engaging visuals accompany this video.
  • It demonstrates the wastage happening in the retail system in America.
  • It provides information on ways to foster sustainability and prevent wastage.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with dumpster diving.


  • Teachers could use this video in a lesson on sustainability.
  • Teachers could use from 6:37-7:05 to explain Damaging Out to 6th-8th graders. 
  • Teachers could use this video to open up a discussion about the retail system in the United States and its merits and mistakes.
  • Click here for an article on food waste and climate change.
  • Click here for an StC lesson plan on solutions to climate change.
Scientist Notes
The resource explores ways to improve sustainability and food security by reducing food wastages from retail stores in the USA. The dumpster technique has a clear veracity for replication. Thus, this resource is recommended for teaching.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.8.2 Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
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