I take great personal pride in being frugal and green both at the same time. I try to put a green spin on my frugal ways, but I will never have the courage (or health) to be green the freegan way.
If you’ve never heard of a freegan (free + vegan) before, basically they are people that hate waste and they hate that way people waste resources. To counter the waste of other people, they will go dumpster diving for food and other items that they believe still have value. Now don’t confuse freegans with the homeless, most of the freegans have jobs or other sources of money. These people just care about the environment and are doing something (extreme as it might be) about it. I think of freegans are kind of like the ultimate modern day hippies (minus the association with drugs aspect) kind of…
The vegans part of the freegans name is becoming more optional than the rule of thumb. After all, why waste meat products?
I’m not against this, and I commend them for doing so. But when it comes to getting food in a dumpster, I have to personally draw the line there. Some of the freegans are very clever. So have informal arrangements with restaurants, so that when the restaurants discard their trash, some of the better pieces of food are separated in plastic bags separated from the rest of the regular trash.
The closest I’ve come to this kind of activity is when I sometimes get a bowl of popcorn when a co-worker goes down to our cafeteria. He brings a big bowl of leftover popcorn from the cafeteria back to his cube and offers it to us surrounding cubicle dwellers. He doesn’t do it because he need the money (he’s rich compared to me, he does it because he hates to see it wasted).
On the other hand, I think I might consider using freecycle.org. Especially if I was younger and on a limited budget. 🙂
This freegan wiki provides further descriptions of the freegan way.