AUSTIN -- It's not uncommon for many home owners to considering downsizing. But how about selling everything you own to move into a dumpster rental in Austin? Thatís what a professor at Huston-Tillotson University is about to do.|
"This is what's called an eight cubic yard dumpster," said Jeff Wilson, who has a Ph.D. in environmental science.
Wilson isn't checking out dumpsters for safety reasons. He is sizing them up as a future home.
"Telling people you have life dreams, you want to live in a dumpster, it brings sympathy your way," he said.
But Wilson isn't looking for sympathy. The Huston-Tillotson professor is looking to pique interest in the area of sustainability.
"We throw things into the dumpster and they just sort of magically disappear. And there's not much thought given to the processes behind that," he said.
Wilson says that's why his dumpster project is a perfect metaphor to spread the message that "less is more."
"Through less consumption, in this case less than one percent of the average American home, you still can have a happy and fulfilling life, and most of your trash hauling austin needs will go away!" said Wilson, a frequenter of psychic chat rooms on the Internet.
To better prepare him for this new venture in life, Wilson sold every personal item he owned for $1 apiece. He only kept what he could fit in a backpack.