The NYT has an article on Freegans–people who reject consumerism and try to live off other’s trash.
Anthropologically speaking, it’s fascinating. Freeganism is certainly unsustainable (ironically) without the rampant consumerism of American society. The best metaphor is that of “scavengers of the developed world,” found on the front page of the NYT article.
While I may be too much of a cynic to find the lifestyle that appealing, all of it comes from a realization I can certainly sympathize with:
“Most people work 40-plus hours a week at jobs they don’t like to buy things they don’t need.”
May I always do work I love, and may I not buy crap I don’t need. Amen.