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I'm A Freegan...How About You?

June 23rd, 2007 at 01:39 pm

I came across this article about Freeganism. And I think I have finally found a name/way to label something I love,lol.

Who are/What is a Freegan you ask?
Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living 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.
http://www.freegan.info/

While I dont go through dumpsters, or pick through trash on the side of the road (not knocking anyone who does), I get a REAL thrill out of finding items or getting items for free. The other day I was looking around my bedroom and realized that everything in my bedroom, except my clothes, iron and humidifier, I had gotten for free. My queen size bed (including headboard), 27inch tv, dresser with mirror, night stand, ironing board, and chair were all things I found or someone was giving away and offered to me.

Realizing this, it makes me wanna cry when I think about things that I've thrown away in the past that someone else really could have used. But I am determined to live this lifestyle to decrease waste. Our earth needs all the help she can get!

5 Responses to “I'm A Freegan...How About You?”

  1. momandmurray Says:

    Love it!!!

  2. contrary1 Says:

    I certainly qualify. Love the term too. Smile

  3. baselle Says:

    Close - I'm a cheapgan. There are some twists in freeganism that aren't for me (dumpster diving for food), but they have my respect.

  4. jodi Says:

    Ditto on the great concept - but I'm certainly not a freegan as described on the Website (squatting? No thanks). I'm a big freecycle fan and get almost everything I need free or secondhand. I prefer to let someone else buy retail and take the depreciation Smile

  5. Broken Arrow Says:

    I won't lie. Freeganistic doctrines are pretty extreme in my opinion....

    However, I must also admit it's a rather admirable ideal.

    I don't think I can be Quite Like That, but I most certainly would like to push towards as far as I can personally go.

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