Before you throw out that half-eaten pizza, you might think about attaching a bow to the box. Many dedicated â€œfreegansâ€ loot our dumpsters for left-over food in a frenzy from the latest anti-capitalist trend gripping the nation. And yes, there is a good chance that your half eaten pizza is a target.
Thatâ€™s right, freegans is derived from a rebellious combination of â€œfreeâ€ and â€œveganismâ€. As described on freegan.info, freeganism is:
â€œa total boycott of an economic systemâ€¦ 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.â€
To be honest, I donâ€™t exactly know what that means. What I do know is that the lifestyle includes frequent dumpster diving, gardening, shoplifting, and barter as alternatives to paying for food.
Donâ€™t believe me? You might want to take a trip to your local Blockbuster and check out Bin Appetit. Yes, thatâ€™s an actual movie. Donâ€™t believe me? Okay, that has to stop here.
So many questions are finally answered. What happens when you will do anything to save money? What happens when you will do anything to rebel against society, or even more likely, your parents? What happens when you will sacrifice your dignity for the greater good?
Hmmâ€¦ looks like Freeganism isnâ€™t for me. But regardless of my initial inclinations, for those of you who have the willpower to freeganize the world, good luck! For the rest of us, letâ€™s all just keep our leftovers a little more presentableâ€¦ for one manâ€™s trash is another manâ€™s treasure!