Thanks to Pam for the assist on this one.
The Freegan movement has been around since the mid-1990s but is recently getting press for its growing numbers given the renewed focus on green living. It grew out of the Vegan movement, which some people apparently found to be too liberal of a lifestyle. As Adam Weissman, the movement's unofficial leader puts it, “If a person chooses to live an ethical lifestyle it’s not enough to be vegan, they need to absent themselves from capitalism." To do this, Freegans try to live without purchasing any product or participating in the capitalist system at all. Anything they need for day-to-day living they find, generally in dumpsters. "They dress in castoff clothes and furnish their homes with items found on the street; at freecycle.org, where users post unwanted items; and at so-called freemeets, flea markets where no money is exchanged." They get their food from dumpsters as well, although most try to work something out with local supermarkets to get recently expired canned goods or badly bruised produce. Predictably, the movement is strongest in California, where local Freegans claim it is not unusual to come across designer clothes and housewares while dumpster-diving, and in New York City.
Thinking of becoming a Freegan? See these links for more info and let us know how it goes!
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/21/garden/21freegan.html?_r=1&oref=slogin (quotes from here)