Freegan = Dumpster Diving

I don’t know if you guys have any knowledge of freegan or more accurately called freeganism. Maybe you guys ever heard of capitalism, communism, consumerism and other *rism. I’m sure a lot of you guys still don’t know about freeganism @ freegan for short.

For start, let’s look what is freegan. From Wikipedia:

Freeganism is an anti-consumerist lifestyle whereby 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.”[1] The lifestyle involves salvaging discarded, unspoiled food from supermarket dumpsters that have passed their display date but haven’t passed their edible date. They salvage the food not because they are poor or homeless, but as a political statement

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Maybe we heard some time ago in the news or I think it was Harian Metro where “budaya makan sampah” were on people’s lips. Harian Metro reported that it’s a group of punk boys that do dumpster diving or trashing, but I never came across such experience with punk boys. I don’t know if they’re freegan or something, but from what I read, that’s totally not freegan.

Freegan or freeganism is an act to salvage usable items and food that is still in good condition, mainly thrown out by the grocery stores and hypermarket. An example of food that’s still in perfect condition in the bread. Usually we have a few days expiry date for breads such as Gardenia or High Five. Although the expiry date has been reached, but depending on how you store and handle the food, most likely it’s still can be eaten. This is the type of food that freegans are looking for, not some left overs from others. :mrgreen:

Anyway, I encountered someone while I was having a smoke break in front of my office. This person looks like a guy because of short hairs, I mean really short but with boobs. Don’t ask me about the person’s gender because I can’t really tell. I’ve seen this person a few times around my office block but I didn’t notice anything unusual about him/her until last night. You guys know what I saw?


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I’ve seen a lot of weird tings but this is my first time watching someone eating right from a pile of rubbish. I can see him/her eating leftover rice ( I think) from the dump. I don’t know if this guy homeless or something, but looks like he/she is pretty normal to me, normal as in when someone says hi to you, you say hi back. That sort of normal. :smile:

Anyway, I know the picture is not clear enough, but I swear I saw him/her eating straight from the trash. It’s the truth, honest truth ! :!:

p/s : maybe I should have an interview with him/her. What do you guys say ? :up: or :down: ??