NOT many people would relish eating dinner from a bin – but now the practice of ‘dumpster diving’ by so-called freegans has been put under the spotlight by a legal expert from Anglia Ruskin University.
‘Freeganism’ is a worldwide movement that involves taking goods that appear abandoned – usually in supermarkets’ bins – without paying, as a protest against waste.
Although the term has not yet made it into the Oxford English Dictionary, it is quite an old concept.
Dr Thomas says: "Freeganism is not a new phenomenon, there have always been people who scavenge. But more recently it has been imbued with an alternative, radical philosophy and dissent at materialism."