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However, one Chicago resident is showing us a side of the extreme minimalist lifestyle we've never seen before. Freddy Freegan has spent the last two years without ever going to the grocery store and instead limiting his food waste by dumpster diving. It's a practice he calls "super exciting' and has helped save him over $2000 a year on groceries.
"You never know what you're going to find," he said to AOL Lifestyle. Freegan was backpacking with his uncle when the two realized just how unusual, yet beneficial, the communal kitchens in budget hostels were. "We were kind of going about through city life, we started realizing maybe this is actually better," he asserted.
"Pretty sure all the food that I eat is stuff that would be going to waste," he explained to AOL Lifestyle. "If I can live off stuff that's just going to waste, I know a lot of other people can."
"In my heart I believe it's the right thing to do," he concluded.
See more of Freegan's extreme minimalist lifestyle in the video above.
Use the black side for mascara, lipstick and other pigmented makeup and use the white side for toner and moisturizer. Once you're done using, rinse with water and throw in the provided laundry bag, which can then be throw in with the rest of your laundry to wash and reuse.
This makeup remover pad takes things a step further and eliminates the use of any makeup removing cleanser or chemicals. Just use with water, wash and reuse. You'll refrain from wasting cotton balls and the plastic containers cleaners generally come in.
Ditch the plastic water bottles and drink out of a Swell water bottle. It keeps cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours. This one also comes with the sports cap, meant for taking to the gym and minimal spills.