Freeganism: Background information when reading The Astral

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The Astral

A Novel

By Kate Christensen

The Astral
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  • Hardcover: Jun 2011,
    320 pages.
    Paperback: Jun 2012,
    320 pages.

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Freeganism

In The Astral, the Quirk's daughter Karina is a practicing "freegan" - a term that comes from a fusion of the words "free" and "vegan" (although not all freegans are vegans) - and as such, she chooses to eschew conventional consumerism. recycling symbol Often referred to as "dumpster divers," freegans generally believe that western society throws away too many useable goods - including food - and they consciously limit their participation in the current, profit-driven economic system. This wasteful mentality, they explain, increases the need for more landfills, leaches pollution into ground water, and threatens an already compromised environment; once a dump is full, more must be built, and open land is transformed into unsightly and health-threatening garbage heaps.

In response, freegans choose to boycott this way of life and follow a few specific, ethical principles. According to Freegan.Info, these principles include:

  • reclaiming waste: foraging for food whenever possible
  • minimizing ...

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