Freeganism is a practice and ideology of limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources, particularly through recovering wasted goods like food. The word “freegan” is a portmanteau of “free” and “vegan”.
I came across the term freeganism a couple weeks ago and was intrigued by the idea. Not as a lifestyle choice for myself but as a concept and something I wanted to learn more about. I have seen and been a part of some aspects of this lifestyle while not necessarily out looking for free sustenance, I have experienced both lucky finds or “true guidance” as a dear friend of mine refers to it, as well as bartering for food and other supplies.
Some of the ways participants in this practice source food include, gardening, bartering, dumpster diving, and foraging. Freeganism however is about much more than food, it’s about stepping out of the consumerism culture and reducing the impact we have on the planet, through limited energy consumption, this can be achieved by walking, bike riding, public transportation etc.
Common Characteristics of a Freegan
While freegans are a diverse group, with a wide range of life experiences and interests, members do tend to share certain characteristics. The typical freegan is:
- Committed to living off the wastes of capitalism
- An environmental, political, or animal-rights activist or some combination of the three
- A vegan or meegan—only eating meat that would have gone to waste
- A strong supporter of his or her community
- Interested in being or already is free from the restraints of a paying job
The above section title Common Characteristics of a Freegan, is an excerpt from Erin Huffstetler’s article Learn the Fundamentals of a Freegan Lifestyle, check out this article as well as other links and info. at: The Balance
While dumpster diving and curb shopping may not be for everyone, there are many things we can all do to help limit consumption. There are a whole lot of us on this planet, and with the ever growing strain we are putting on the environment, and it’s natural resources, we will inevitably cause problems for ourselves as well future generations. It’s in our best interest to reduce consumption and help keep what we can from becoming landfill.
“I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.”
This is a picture of me back in 2002, looking for good trades, and True Guidance.