Archive for April, 2009

Whats With All The Freegan Questions?

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

What made you become a Freegan?

I guess in some ways I always have been although not always actively. I remember when I made the conscious decision to adopt the Freegan lifestyle– I have a friend of mine who was an extremely active and passionate Freegan. One day she asked me if I wanted to go out ‘skipping’ with her and I said yes. I could not believe what I saw that day – just the amount of stuff that was thrown away that was perfectly alright! It made me quite angry so I decided to do something about it. I might be only person but at least I can do my bit to reduce the amount of food waste that ends up in landfill.

What is it that makes someone a Freegan?

Well……..I think it starts with being concerned with what we as a species are doing to our planet and the desire to do something to change it. The amount of food that is perfectly edible that gets put into landfill is phenomenal. If I remember correctly, about a third of the food the average UK household buys gets thrown out. We believe that this is a horrible state of affairs to be in. While we can’t necessarily do much to change the way people think about food and waste. Or educate people that “best before” dates have nothing to do with when a food product goes off but is simply an indication of when a food’s flavour or appearance will begin to decline. We can still do our little bit to try and keep as much food as we can eat out of landfill and reduce our impact on the world and its resources by utilising what has already been produced more effectively.

What do you love the most about being a Freegan?

Variety. The never knowing what you could find in the next skip, never knowing what you’ll be eating for your meal in the evening. Some people find that the down side to Freeganism but for me that’s what I love about it. Plus believe it or not there is a real social side to it, we share tips and finds with each other, go skipping together and even have dinners and things together. It also means that there’s always tons of delicious, healthy food in the fridge and I can have as many people over for dinner as I like! It’s really good fun!

And finally, do you think more people should become Freegans?

I believe that if more people had a more “freegan” outlook on life, it would make such a massive impact on this country. By this I don’t mean that everyone should go and get their food out of skips. What I mean is that if all of us made sensible decisions about what we buy, getting just the right amount of food that we know we’ll eat and use it all, not buying excessively packaged food and trusting our noses and eyes to tell us when food has gone off instead of putting blind trust in some label that is wrong the vast majority of the time anyway, and things like that, we would be well on our way to making this world a much better one to live in.

And to the Victor….Warm Beer!: Halls Cook Off, Liverpool

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Christian: Let me first begin by saying thank you to for the lovely crate of warm beer. It was a prize that was very short lived thanks to my friends who wanted to ‘celebrate’ with me.

I had a lot of fun doing the halls cook-off and was pleased that I was representing for Lady Mountford! I was pretty nervous before hand because my team-mate pulled out leaving me on my own when every other team was in two’s. I worried that they’d be able to work quicker and bring along more support but it was okay in the end.

The challenge was a weird one! My sandwich was going so well until the jelly – I know like in some places they eat jelly sandwiches but it wasn’t something I wanted to try or make either! Overall though it was just a lot of fun, we got to meet some great people and it created a genuine buzz and that was fantastic.

What A Freegan Waste!

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Freeganism is an anti-consumerist lifestyle whereby people employ alternative living strategies based on “limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources”. Freegans “embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed.”[1] The lifestyle involves salvaging discarded, unspoiled food from supermarket dumpsters, known as dumpster diving. The foods may have passed their display date, but haven’t passed their edible date. Freegans salvage the food for political reasons, rather than out of need.[2][3]

The word “freegan” is a portmanteau of “free” and “vegan”.[4] Freeganism started in the mid 1990s, out of the antiglobalization and environmentalist movements. Groups such as Food Not Bombs served free vegetarian and vegan food that was salvaged from food market trash by dumpster diving. The movement also has elements of Diggers, an anarchist street theater group based in Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco in the 1960s, that gave away rescued food.[4]

If you’re interested in finding out some more here are some interesting links:

Tom’s Freegan Opinion

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

In honesty before I’d done the film I had never heard of Freegans. I remember when I first spoke to the studentcooking team about it I was kind of a bit freaked out and not sure what to expect at all. I’m always up for finding out though so I thought why not.

I have to say the experience was very strange. The feeling of mild dis-comfort mixed with the excitement of one the fact we shouldn’t really be going through this stuff and secondly not knowing what we might find. It was a real eye opener. When we got to the second skip I was shocked to see how much stuff was thrown away that I wouldn’t have chucked had it being in my fridge.

I don’t know why I didn’t expect to see so much especially knowing that there a re a load of people just like Mina who are able to live their lives like this. It was quite refreshing to meet someone like Mina who really believes in what they’re doing. I have a lot of respect for her doing it as it’s not something that I could do. I like having the security of knowing what I’m going to eat and living as a Freegan would not give me that.

I’m a far way off from becoming a Freegan and to be honest I don’t think I ever will be. Seeing this side of things has made me think about waste a lot more though and I would like to think I’ll be more conscientious about what I throw away now.

The Winner Takes it All…In The World of Busking

Thursday, April 9th, 2009


I wasn’t really surprised that Simon and myself won to be honest. I don’t mean that in an arrogant way it’s just that Callum and Scott’s act was rubbish.

On a serious note though doing the film was a lot of fun. It actually wasn’t the first time I’d been busking although it was the first (and last) time I’d done the name your favourite food and we’ll sing about it act. Busking can be a really good way of earning some extra money when you’re at uni especially around the Christmas period.

The best thing about it is that it is good fun as well not like a job or anything but you can earn a bit of money to put towards your food bill meaning a few nights a week you could treat yourself to something special for sitting and playing guitar!

Goin’ Shoppin’ on da Meryl streep in London Bobby Brown? Follow the Link…

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

There are loads of other markets and great shopping areas all around London as well as the ones Lily showed us on her tour. It is fun to get out there and find them for yourself but just to point you in the right direction here are a few useful links!