Do you know about vegetarians, vegans, flexitarians and fruitarians, but have you never heard of freegans? Then read on and find out what this diet is like.
Criticism of consumption while eating: freegans
The variety of alternative forms of nutrition continues to grow and it’s not always easy to navigate. Especially since the delimitation is usually fluid and there are many crossroads. Fruitarians are vegans, who are automatically vegetarians. And the Flexigans make exceptions when it comes to purely plant-based diets and occasionally consume animal products. Some eat differently from most people for health reasons, others are motivated by a certain political and ethical attitude. This includes freeganism. Followers of this vegan diet are making a statement against the throwaway society by eating food that ends up in the trash.
Recycle instead of throw away, live free
In practice, freegans become “dumpsters” or “dumpsters”: they take food from dumpsters. As a rule, supporters of the movement use large containers that are located in front of supermarkets. This does not happen because of economic difficulties, as it happens with the needy, but because of conviction. Those who live in freegan can also buy food, clothes or furniture, but they deliberately choose a different path. The goal is to draw attention to abundance in society and the associated food waste. When it comes to their diet, freegans always make sure that the food doesn’t spoil and is possibly harmful. In most cases, these are products with purely visual defects or that have exceeded the expiration date. The fact that these are thrown away is a complaint that non-freegans repeatedly complain about as well.
Should moldy bread be thrown away?
Moldy bread should be discarded even if the suspected lint is only visible on the surface. It is not enough to remove mold stains, because the bread may already be completely covered with fungal spores that are not visible to the naked eye. Therefore, do not take any health risks and throw the bread in the trash. Mold can damage the kidneys and liver in the long term and can cause cancer.
So that the bread does not mold so quickly, it is enough to follow some conservation tips. Store your bread in a clean, dry, cool place. Pack it loose, not too tight, so it doesn’t start to “sweat”. The breadcrumbs should be removed regularly, and the storage container and bread box should be cleaned with vinegar from time to time. It is better to buy fresh bread and use it as soon as possible. However, you can also freeze it for longer storage and let it thaw in the refrigerator if needed. You can even make it sliced - the toaster helps those who can’t wait to defrost.
Freegans in trouble with the law
Their way of life poses problems for the freegans. In Germany, containers are prohibited by law. Even if it is rubbish: the contents of the containers legally belong to the supermarket operators. The Freegans also face the charge of trespassing their collection rounds. One way to avoid illegality is to provide free shops and barter racks where goods that would otherwise be thrown away are made available.
Don’t want to become a freegan but still want to do something against waste and for the environment? Then read our sustainability tips.