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The Freegan Establishment

I’m still amazed by the freegan movement and the lengths that people go through to avoid consumerism.  I found this article very interesting.  It’s about people deeply involved in freegansim.  There are some good points, but being a mother, I don’t agree with going all the way.  There is a limit to the free stuff.  What do you think?

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/06/magazine/06Squatters-t.html

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No trash for me

I skipped going out Thursday night because I was too tired. I will usually ignore y fatigue and go anyway, but I didn’t The next morning, on my way to the grocery store, I stopped in an area and decided to take a look. The trash hadn’t been picked up. I felt an overwhelming sense of happiness! I am usually too embarrased to look when people are around, but I ignored that. It was daytime and I could see everything so perfectly. We didn’t end up finding much, but I enjoyed myself nonetheless.

I did go out last night, but only magaed to find two things. It almost looked as if the trash wasn’t being picked up the following day. After a half an hour or so, we reluctantly left the area and returned home.

Where’s the trash at?

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Everything in your house is FREE?!?!?!

While I didn’t get a chance to hit any curb alerts today, I went to a free house sale.  Similar to a yard sale, a house sale occurs when an owner/tenant decides to get rid of most of the items in their home.  I happened to find an ad on Craigslist advertising a house sale where everything was FREE.  My partner and I got up very early so we would be there at the start time.  We traveled 40 minutes each way.  It was definitely worth it!  10 minutes before the start time, there had to be at least 20 people waiting.

5 minutes after the start time, a woman arrived and let us in.  Everything left in the house was free, with a few exceptions (such as air conditioners and blinds).  I was like a kid in a candy store.  I found everything from plastic storage bins, to bottled water and furniture.  There was even a free working refrigerator, pet items and clothes.

The woman’s generosity amazed me.  She told me that she had never heard of Craigslist until she told a coworker that she had a bunch of stuff she wanted to get rid of.  The coworker suggested the Craigslist free section and it was all history from there.

What a way to recycle and help others at the same time.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away, Come Again Another Day

We decided not to let a rainy day stop our curbside recycling efforts. We headed out with our cooler packed full of drinks and hopeful that the rain would stop other and we would have first dibs on whatever goodies were put out.

To our surprise (and disappointment), we didn’t find anything in one of our favorite areas of the city. Most times, we believe that people place things on the curb, hoping someone will take them. That belief must hold some truth because we didn’t find anything at all.

We drove to a suburban area. We hadn’t been there before, but decided to give it a shot. It was very dry, but we did find a wooden coat rack. It was missing two hooks, but still had many others. My partner asked me what I thought and I said we should take it.

After 2-3 hours of searching, we decided to give our favorite area one more shot before going in. It’s a good thing we didn’t let the rain or the fact that we hadn’t found anything so far get in our way……

(to be continued)

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What is Freeganism?

In my quest to find things to recycle things I find at the curb, I have become more familiar with the term dumpster diving and freeganism. In case you don’t know, dumpster diving is the act of diving into a dumpster to find goods, including food that can still be used. Freeganism is an anti-consumerist movement that takes dumpster diving a step further. The term freegan is made from the word free and vegan. Not all freegans are strict vegans. Freegans prefer to avoid purchasing anything that is not necessary. They find food and household items that can be reused. Most food thrown out at grocery stores often throw out food that is still good, but is ugly to the eye, dented, or just expired. Household items are often thrown out when the owner no longer wants them, even though they have a lot of life left.

Although I have started picking up items curbside to use or donate to thrift stores, I haven’t really ventured into the world of dumpster diving. I will say that once, I tried dumpster diving, behind a homestore and found 3 unopened packs of shower curtains. I checked the dumpsters of the other stores in the area, without fully getting in and didn’t find anything. The thought of sifting through trash and finding actual trash kind of disgusts me…..on the other hand, I’m interested in the anti-consumerism movement and want to go further…..what do you think?

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