When you decide to live a more frugal lifestyle, one of the natural perks is that you become more “environmentally friendly” too. For instance, when you take your bike to work instead of the car, then you’re buying less gas, and reducing air pollution. At the same time, when you’re eating less meat, you reduce your grocery bill and limit your impact on other worldly resources.
These days, almost all the steps that we can take to save money help to limit our carbon footprint too – which is a great thing for most of us. Freegans are people who have taken that way of living to the next step. In order to make their impact on the earth as light as possible, they give up all purchases – living entirely outside of the economic system, and getting what they need from borrowing, scavenging, and sharing.
Should you Become a Freegan?
Deciding to give up the conveniences of your normal life and become a freegan – scavenging your food, is a pretty big decision. While one of the main benefits of living this way may be the fact that you get to spend a lot less than other people on your shopping, the truth is that most of these people take to this lifestyle for a range of reasons, including:
• Animal benefits: Just like vegans and vegetarians, freegans believe that factory farms are terrible for animals. As such, they believe that it’s better to reject all of the products that would come from a farm, and instead live off food that is found or grown within a small-scale garden.
• Human rights: Freegans aren’t just concerned with the way that animals are living – but the way that people live too. They’re worried about the way that big businesses harm human beings, and believe that the way that we live today harms people – from sweatshops, to victims of wars that are fought over oil. They feel that skipping shopping as much as possible is the best solution.
• Defending the environment: One of the things that upsets freegans most about mass-produced goods, is the damaging impact they have on the environment. For instance, waste of materials, industrial pollution, and the heavy use of petrol are all serious concerns for freegans.
Alongside these ethical concerns, many freegans simply reject the idea that life needs to be an endless cycle of spending and working. They feel that their life is far more simple, and because they can buy less, they can work less too.
If that’s the kind of lifestyle that appeals to you, then maybe you could benefit from becoming a freegan. What do you think?