Monday, March 16, 2009

Freeganism on the rise


I just read an intriguing article in the April issue of Marie Claire about freeganism. Never heard of it? Neither had I, but the lifestyle of living off of what others throw away is on the rise in this tough economy.

The word freegan is a compound of "free" and "vegan." According to, "freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources." Freegans are against a society based on materialism and greed.

The freegan concept of being able to live off of what others throw away is very interesting but it probably sounds gross to many. I definitely don't think that this lifestyle is for everyone, but if you are willing to retrieve perfectly edible food from the dumpster, why not? The negative connotation of "dumpster diving" probably turns some people off, but as long as the food is safe to eat (i.e. no spoiled meat or milk) then it seems like it would be fine.

Freegans also advocate minimizing waste, rent-free housing, going green and working less.

Read the MC article by Jan Goodwin here...

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