Have you heard of Freegans? This could be the latest craze in social responsibility. What is a Freegan? The name is derived from a combination of free and vegan. What does a Freegan practice, and how is it socially responsible? If you are a Freegan, you’re into dumpster diving. Yes, dumpster diving, I did say it was a craze. Freegans embrace practices like dumpster diving as a way of protesting an increasingly wasteful consumerist society and unethical corporations. According to Freegan.info, “Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources.” Dumpster diving is no longer the domain for the homeless. Even the professorial Illuminati have jumped on the Freegan bandwagon. University of California San Diego biology professor, Dr. Milton Saier, a self-proclaimed Freegan of 30 years takes his students on dumpster diving outings. He shares his insights on freeganisim and provides his students with dumpster diving lessons. I’ve written about the notion of freecycling; a phenomenon that enables people to give unneeded but usable items to others at no cost. Whether you call it ethical shopping, sustainable giving, or just plain giving stuff away for free, freecycling is a growing movement in the U.S. The amazing thing about dumpster diving is that there are You Tube videos out there on how to do it. I’m a little surprised that a vegan would dumpster dive for wilted lettuce. But, the notion of reclaiming good consumer items that are discarded has plenty of merit. Dumpster diving sometimes isn’t necessarily free. There are communities out there that have laws against dumpster diving. So I guess if this is your thing, or you’re planning on giving it a whirl, make sure you’re doing it legally. No need to get thrown into the can for diving into a dumpster.