Freegans & Dumpster Diving

Freegans find fresh sushi!

Freegans find fresh sushi!

A bunch of people have been asking me about dumpster diving recently (something I’m slowly getting into… tricky when you have an infant!) and ‘freeganism’. I found a great site that explains it better than I do.

Here is a blurb if you can’t be bothered visiting the site (but you should)

After years of trying to boycott products from unethical corporations responsible for human rights violations, environmental destruction, and animal abuse, many of us found that no matter what we bought we ended up supporting something deplorable. We came to realize that the problem isn’t just a few bad corporations but the entire system itself.

Freeganism is a total boycott of an economic system where the profit motive has eclipsed ethical considerations and 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. Thus, instead of avoiding the purchase of products from one bad company only to support another, we avoid buying anything to the greatest degree we are able.

Here in New Zealand, dumpster diving and various incarnations of the freegan lifestyle are becoming more and more common… and yes, that includes Christians. Urban Vision, an ecumenical inner-city order, take vows of simple living and lifestyles which actively pursue restorative justice. Many of their members are dumpster diving experts.

In fact, an associate of Urban Vision, the Greenhaus, made a video about it here! Nice work guys.


~ by humblemonkey on March 12, 2009.

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