So, you think you are frugal? You don’t have anything on these Freegans. According to Wikipedia, Freeganism is an anti-consumerist lifestyle where people employ alternative living strategies based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. Freegans “embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed.” The lifestyle involves salvaging discarded, unspoiled food from supermarket dumpsters, known as dumpster diving. So…now how frugal do you think you really are?
Instead of being frugal because they might need to be, Freegans take all the stuff that “normal” society discards every day without thought, whether it be food, furniture, clothes, etc. and use it or re-purpose it for themselves.
According to the Freegan.info website:
“After years of trying to boycott products from unethical corporations responsible for human rights violations, environmental destruction, and animal abuse, many of us found that no matter what we bought we ended up supporting something deplorable. We came to realize that the problem isn’t just a few bad corporations but the entire system itself. Freeganism is a total boycott of an economic system where the profit motive has eclipsed ethical considerations and where massively complex systems of productions ensure that all the products we buy will have detrimental impacts most of which we may never even consider. Thus, instead of avoiding the purchase of products from one bad company only to support another, we avoid buying anything to the greatest degree we are able.”
That’s dedication to a cause, for sure. I don’t shop at Walmart for many of the reasons listed above, and while I am a dedicated environmentalist, some aspects of Freeganism go too far for my personal taste. But kudos to those who live that life and take advantage of our throwaway lifestyle!