Freegans are a group of people that get out at night, looking for food in the gargabe in New York streets. They are becoming a new urban subculture growing in the "city that never goes to sleep".
Freegan is an expression that combines the word vegan, that designates those that don't eat or wear anything which is from animal origin, and free with the meaning of uncostly. The freegans are people, a growing group,that have reduced their consumist habits to the minimun and that live with what others throw out. They don't want to depend on the companies which they believe are destroying natural resources, the environment and that take advantage of unfair labour practices.
They are aware that being a freegan is not socially accepatable, but they are hoping to change, at least, some people's habits and to reduce comsumerism.
Generally speaking what they do is recycling food that is thrown away by large stores. According to them as well as to food experts , there are large quantities of food that is put in the garbage in perfect sanitary conditions to be eaten.Most Freegans are people who have or used to have comfortable and easy lives but have decided to change their attitude in relation to money and are trying to help save the Planet...their own way.