Raw, adjective: 2. not having undergone processes of preparing, dressing, finishing, refining, or manufacture


Well, then, this makes me feel positively reactionary.

Talk about taking anti-consumerism to the next level. Welcome to the "freegan" movement, a.k.a. Dumpster Diving 101. I appreciate the way these guys embrace environmentalism as the foundation of their platform. It's extreme, no doubt; but don't all visionaries appear freakish before eventually being embraced by the mainstream? I like their critique of bourgeois environmentalism; they're right, it's not enough to buy a Prius. Buying "green" still isn't sustainable. Buying less is. And making oneself "absent from capitalism," as one interviewee aims for, certainly isn't easy, but baby steps toward that process are definitely, well, hot.

"Not Buying It," via NYT

Comments

molly said…
this article caught my eye too. the most amazing part to me is what gets thrown away. we used to dumpster dive the UNL dorms when students left too. once found a roll of quarters. WTF?? but I didnt participate in the general year round diving culture like others, even in lincoln, did and do.
and thanks for the words of congratulations and support! right now i think it would still be fabulous to be able to walk the .5marathon. not sure for sure if i could. still pretty far for a walk when youre, well, carrying someone along with you.
endswithaW said…
reminds me of discovering this article about some people i knew in high school.

http://www.jrn.columbia.edu/studentwork/cns/2004-03-15/600.asp

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