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freegan

[free-guh n] /ˈfri gən/
noun
1.
a person who buys as little as possible and makes use of recycled or discarded goods and materials, in an effort to reduce waste and limit environmental impact.
Origin
1995-2000
1995-2000; free + (ve)gan
Related forms
freeganism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for freeganism

freegan

/ˈfriːɡən/
noun
1.
a person who, through opposition to capitalism and consumerism, attempts to live without buying consumer goods, recycling discarded goods instead
Derived Forms
freeganism, noun
Word Origin
C20: from free + (ve)gan
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Contemporary definitions for freeganism
noun

a person, usually vegan in diet, who eats only discarded food foraged from the garbage of food establishments and stores

Examples

Freegans live an anti-consumerist lifestyle, employing alternative living strategies based on limited participation in the conventional economy.

Word Origin

c 1997; free + vegan

Usage Note

also freeganism, n.

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