Will you buy a blemished potato, a discoloured capsicum or an overripe pear?
In 2017, when Daniel Tay and other freegans – people who reject consumerism with the aim to reduce wastage – approached vegetable sellers at Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre for unwanted produce, they were astonished by what they found.
Crates of cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, bananas and other unsellable vegetables and fruits were cast aside for disposal. Others were discarded because they were too big or small to fit the packaging!
“Even though the veggies are imperfect, they are still delicious,” says Daniel, dismayed at the amount of wastage he saw.
It spurred him into action. He co-founded SG Food Rescue with the goal to reduce food waste in Singapore. The group counts more than 350 active volunteers, or “food rescuers” among its ranks and its Facebook group has nearly 13,000 members.
SG Food Rescue - Collage of vegetables rescued