What Exactly is a Freegan, and Should You Become One?

What Exactly is a Freegan, and Should You Become One?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?

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Annemarie LeBlanc

Annemarie is a Mom whose daughter (Robyn) has left the nest and now she is traveling the world experiencing everything the world has to offer. You can find her sipping martinis in some of the most exotics locations in the world, having a beer at her local pub or canoeing on a beautiful lake in the Adirondacks.



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18 Comments
  1. I think this sounds like a great lifestyle and one I could embrace – to an extent. I don’t know if it would be fully possible for me to live outside the economic system but protecting the environment and human and animal rights are things I’m passionate about.

  2. NO WAY! I know someone who does this and she literally pulls food (only food thrown away from food stores in packages) from dumpsters. Not a chance I’ll be doing that.

  3. All these new and different names for becoming something make me roll my eyes. My parents called this make do, do without, use it up or do without. It was called being cheap when I was growing up.

  4. I try to be as environmentally friendly as I can. I don’t think I’m ready to take steps to become a freegan but I do tend to lean towards a more simple lifestyle.

  5. I am not sure if I would become a “Freegan,” but there are a lot of benefits to living this lifestyle. We currently do not have a car, but if we did, we would not use it to take us everywhere. We are also cutting back on the amount of meat we eat because we like switching up our meals week-to-week.

  6. It’s quite difficult living like a freegan but I guess it helps in so many ways like reducing environment impact of some commercial processes. It would be hard to live by the rules though since there are lesser options now.

  7. Lol, when I first glanced at the word ‘freegan’ for some reason I kept thinking of Morgan Freeman. I would like to call myself frugal, but I can only strive to be one someday!

  8. I just heard this word a couple weeks ago and watch the whole video on it. I know I will probably never do something like this. I give credit to those who can. You can save a lot of money that way.

  9. Wow, I have never heard of freeganism! That sounds like a really dedicated lifestyle for people who really believe in protecting the earth.

  10. What an interesting post .. I’d never heard people who are Freegans. I’m defiantly on board with their philosophies of lightening our carbon footprint .. and spending more time simply enjoying life. Although sourcing everyday needs seems like it would take a considerable amount of time. That being said .. I take my hat off to them for sticking to their beliefs and putting their money where their mouth is!

  11. I find the term Freegan interesting. It sounds like it is that the freegans life off only the land which I find nothing wrong with because it was what our ancestors did years ago. Thanks for sharing the information.

  12. Although it’s super admirable, I don’t think this is a lifestyle that would suit me – being a food blogger I like to cook recipes as and when I want them and need specific ingredients to do so…although there could be a gap in the market for a freegan blogger lol

  13. I have never heard of this before! Do you personally know anyone that has lived this way? How do they scavenge for drugs if someone is sick? Or what about when it’s that time of the month for ladies?? Omg it scares me lol

  14. I did not know what freegans were. Thanks for enlightening me. Although i don’t see myself becoming a freegan , i truly support some of their actions.

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