Rob Greenfield went on a cross-country bike trip across America, and pretty much lived from dumpster diving. He dumpster dove 70% of his food!
“Boy is this dumpster a treasure chest!” – Rob Greenfield
Would you consider making a trip like this? If so, would you go full on freegan, or would you budget some money in for buying food?
You might want to check out this previous entry, which looks at the various barriers faced by people who would want to go skipping but are unable to. It really helps put stuff into perspective, and allows those of us who can and do dumpster dive to recognize it as the awesome privilege it is.
Dumpster Divine is a short dumpster diving video, created for a challenge by Outtayourbackpack
It’s about a dumpster dive gone wrong. Watch it to see what not to do when skipping with friends, and what can happen if you do!
Do you have any rules when you go dumpster diving with friends? Some people have policies like:
* Share the haul. If there are four bananas and three people, each person should get at least one.
* If there’s an odd amount of something, be nice with the booty. If your friend really likes strawberries, let them have it, and they will give you something else or let you have the next batch of berries you find.
* If you take too much to eat, give it to non freegans or others you didn’t go dumpster diving with (I’d recommend telling them where you got it from, so they can make their own informed decision on whether to eat it or not)
This dumpster diving article talks about how it’s a tool to save money and the planet, in plain language that can benefit both people new to the practice as well as those of us who have already dove in.
It does a great job of summing up the basics: Why it’s good to go binning, How to dumpster dive safely and where you will probably be most successful in getting free food (freegan or not!) and how to prepare the dumpster dove food.
If you have a friend, family member, neighbour, co-worker, or some friendly stranger on the street who wants to know more about skipping – other than this blog of course 🙂 – this is a really great link to give them.
For those in Montreal, “perfectly good pumpkins and squash” are behind Atwater market.
For those who aren’t in Montreal, if you get a chance to visit, check out this freegan dumpster divers paradise!
When is “tis the season” for the best dumpster diving?
Zoidberg is a natural dumpster diver. He loves being a freegan cause it has the word free in it!
Do you have favourite food you tend to find at a certain time of year, like berries or apples? Is there food that you find goes bad more quickly in hotter months, like cheese? Winter is like a natural freezer!
I came across the term Urban Foraging and thought it was a really good definition.
From “Surf The Waste”
“Dumpster Diving” describes the act of, well, going into dumpsters – but I think “Urban Foraging” goes deeper.
Foraging is a form of free re-distribution of found items, and in this context it is placed into the city/urban landscape. We can’t go looking for berries in the woods like bears, but we can still take advantage of our surroundings and the results other peoples negative behaviours of excess consumption – “trash” on the side of the road and in dumpsters which is wearable and edible.
What do you think of the term Urban Foraging?
Alex has been living the Freegan lifestyle for close to a decade.
To them, the philosophy is simple:
– How to D.I.Y or find what you need for free
– How to do this with the least amount of harm to the Earth and those living on it
A freegan feast!
They say that they don’t have major problems with family members over their lifestyle – I’ve personally experienced family having issues with my dumpster diving, but I do feel it comes from a place of love and not judgement. People are taught that garbage is “bad” and they often don’t realize that most trash is perfectly fine, until they see a fridge full of produce which looks just like the stuff in their fridge which they purchased from the grocery.
I’ve yet to have my mother eat any dumpstered food, but she does acknowledge that the food looks good and I look healthier after getting more produce in my diet.
Have you been able to get your family to follow suit with your freeganism? Or at the other extreme, do you have to hide it from them; and if so, do you think there is any way to get them to embrace or at least tolerate your freegan lifestyle?
Freeganism and Dumpster Diving are commonly intertwined, since both are a way of removing yourself from consumerism and capitalism while fulfilling important needs such as eating. It’s also a way for people who do not want to economically support factory farming to still eat meat.
Here are some Freegan buttons:
Here are the links to buy these Freegan pin-back buttons:
I love Freegans
If you prefer to make your own buttons, you can get a button maker here.
Would you let people know you’re a freegan with a freegan pinback button? Do you prefer to keep your free way of getting food to yourself? Or, like me, do you prefer not to use labels?
– Dumpster Dan