Freegans: Transforming Waste Into an Alternative Way of Life
An exemplary tribe that offers a fundamental lesson for contemporary society.
Numerous contemporary theories agree that excessive consumption is one of the most harmful activities of our era. Initiatives have emerged to halt this growing tendency that seek to reverse it from different angles – economic, social, labor and even psychological.
Among the proponents are the freegans, a neologism that fuses “free” and “vegan.” It refers to an urban tribe that emerged in the 1990s in the US with the aim of highlighting consumerism as an absurd source of waste. How do they show that? Simply by rescuing from the garbage all that is still useful but which people have thrown away.
Although there are no precise calculations, it is estimated that the global population of freegans is around three million, with the largest concentration located in New York, and other communities flourishing in the UK, Switzerland, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and South Korea, among other countries.
But freegans do not only carry out expeditions in places where waste is generated but they also exchange objects (without money changing hands), and carry out artistic activity days, environmental education and voluntary work. They use self-sustainable transportation and in general try to carve a niche in the margins of the system to demonstrate that another way of life is possible.
Contrary to what one might think, the tribe is not a collective of vagabonds but a community that is admirably organized and committed and in which you can find university professors and outstanding professionals who could, if they wanted to, comfortably live according to the conventional way of life.
Pictorial spiritism (a woman's drawings guided by a spirit)
There are numerous examples in the history of self-taught artists which suggest an interrogation of that which we take for granted within the universe of art. Such was the case with figures like
Astounding fairytale illustrations from Japan
Fairy tales tribal stories— are more than childish tales. Such fictions, the characters of which inhabit our earliest memories, aren’t just literary works with an aesthetic and pleasant purpose. They
A cinematic poem and an ode to water: its rhythms, shapes and textures
Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water. - John Keats Without water the equation of life, at least life as we know it, would be impossible. A growing hypothesis holds that water, including the
Watch beauty unfold through science in this "ode to a flower" (video)
The study of the microscopic is one of the richest, most aesthetic methods of understanding the world. Lucky is the scientist who, upon seeing something beautiful, is able to see all of the tiny
To invent those we love or to see them as they are? Love in two of the movies' favorite scenes
So much has been said already, of “love” that it’s difficult to add anything, much less something new. It’s possible, though, perhaps because even if you try to pass through the sieve of all our
This app allows you to find and preserve ancient typographies
Most people, even those who are far removed from the world of design, are familiar with some type of typography and its ability to transform any text, help out dyslexics or stretch an eight page paper
The secrets of the mind-body connection
For decades medical research has recognized the existence of the placebo effect — in which the assumption that a medication will help produces actual physical improvements. In addition to this, a
The sea as infinite laboratory
Much of our thinking on the shape of the world and the universe derives from the way scientists and artists have approached these topics over time. Our fascination with the mysteries of the
Sharing and collaborating - natural movements of the creative being
We might sometimes think that artistic or creative activity is, in essence, individualistic. The Genesis of Judeo-Christian tradition portrays a God whose decision to create the world is as vehement
John Malkovich becomes David Lynch (and other characters)
John Malkovich and David Lynch are, respectively, the actor and film director who’ve implicitly or explicitly addressed the issues of identity and its porous barriers through numerous projects. Now