Aladdin Charni cofounder of the Freegan Pony and celebrated French Parisian serial squatter
The Freegan Pony is an alternative restaurant housed in a squat. It was founded in 2015 by Aladdin Charni with three other collaborators. The restaurant specialises in cheap vegetarian cuisine, serving meals which guests reserve a place through a Facebook group, paying €2 a meal. The restaurant meals contain unsold and donated food, collected from wholesellers at the Paris Rungis vegetable market. The Freegan Pony is located at the Porte de la Vilette on the outskirts of Paris, at the entrance to the peripherique outer circle motorway.
Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. Freeganism is the practice of reclaiming and eating food that has been discarded. People who attempt to live an ethical lifestyle by reusing trash and rubbish thrown away by others.
Freeganism is an ill-defined activity and is a subset of the larger anti-capitalist and environmental protest movements. It embraces alternative, anti-consumerist lifestyles. Freegan practices also include co-operative living, squatting and "freecyling", or matching things that people want to get rid of with things other people need