The term “freegan” combines the words “free” and “vegan.” Freeganism is about more than food. Its adherents describe it as an anti-capitalist, environmental action that challenges America’s endless consumerism.
Freegans avoid participating in what they view as a destructive and wasteful modern economy. That means dumpster diving, bike riding and squatting instead of shopping at supermarkets, driving and paying rent.
In her capstone project, Freeganism: Dumping Consumerism, Philomena Bubaris follows groups of Freegans across New York City to better understand the lifestyle.