Freeganism By Mark Ihrig, Lamar Remy, and Vanessa Sanchez What is it Like to be a Freegan? Live based on different strategies because they do not live the same as everyone else in the economy. Hold onto the community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing. They share ideas of Transcendentalism, for example; they resist against taxes, they live life at its simplest, and care for the environment. To be a Freegan Most things that we do or buy from is from an organization that is deplorable. Freeganism boycotts this way of life completely. They avoid buying anything they are able to. Vegan Freegan comes from “free” and “vegan”. Vegans do not eat anything that is from an animal source or products that were tested on animals. They do this to try to stop hurting animals. Freegan Freegan people take this step a little far because they find something that we buy, and say that is harming the environment, animals, and people. Example: child slavery, air and water pollution, and sweatshop labor. Freegans and Waste Reclamation Freegans are against consumerism and all that goes with it. Therefore, they go “dumpster diving”. Dumpster diving consists in a technique where they go digging through the garbage containers of stores, residences, factories or anywhere they can get useful goods. From the dumpsters; they get food, clothing, magazines, newspapers, musical instruments, etc. Everything they get is safe, consumable and almost in perfect condition. They have groups like Food Not Bombs, who are focused on giving the food that is set for waste to the people that need it. They share what they get form their “diving” in free events. Everything is for free. Waste Minimization Freegans are focused on reducing overconsumption and waste. When Freegans go dumpster diving, they collect the goods that can be reusable to terminate the spread of pollution and garbage. Other things they do to reduce waste are recycling, repairing items instead of replacing them, etc. Eco-Friendly Transportation Freegans do not support the mobilization by fuel-powered automobiles because of the impact these have on the environment. Instead on going in cars; they walk, bike, skate, or they go train hopping to get to their destination. They use hitchhiking whenever a space needs to be filled up in a car because the gas would be consumed anyway. Rent-Free Housing Believe housing is a right, not a privilege. People called Squatters are ones who occupy and rehabilitate abandoned and, decrepit buildings. Not all squatters are Freegans and vice versa. Some squatters convert these buildings to Community Centers. Going Green Freegans reconnect to the environment by gardening and wild foraging. Freegans who do this are known as Foragers. Foragers demonstrate that we can feed ourselves without supermarkets and treat illnesses without pharmacies. Foragers are not always Freegans and vice versa. Working Less Freegans believe workers “are cogs in a machine of violence.” Believe they should not cede total control to bosses. Freegans are able to greatly reduce the need to constantly be employed. Able to devote more time to their families. What do You Think?! The ideas of freeganism and the ideas of Thoreau are alike because they both have thoughts to living simple. They both do not want to rely on other people to make the economy worse, and they both love nature. Lamar, Vanessa, and Mark do not think that being a freegan would be a good life style. This is partially because of the life style that we already live and we think that it would be near impossible with all the traveling and eating we have to do for our sports.