-By Lifestyle Food
A single pebble can create ripples and a single individual with undeterred courage can change the society. If you feel unhappy with the present social scenarios then don’t wait to act. Here’s an inspiring excerpt about a Penang youth who is tackling food wastage and helping people to feed the hungry.
Meet The Green Hero
Calvin Chang of Penang, Malaysia found his love for sustainability at the age of 19 in 2016 after he won a public speaking competition the Penang Green Idol 2016. He fell in love with sustainable development and went on to do several mini green projects. He also joined the Penang Waste Segregation Task Force Team 2016/2017 to create public awareness about the waste segregation policy. After Chan received constant encouragement for his sustainability-related works, he made the Green movement his life purpose.
“Food” found him
During a midnight stroll in 2017 with his friend on Victoria Street in Georgetown Penang, Chan realized the amount of the food which goes to the bin. The duo stumbled across a smelly garbage bag which was full of discarded goodies like- French croissant, donuts, and other tempting pastries that were still edible but were discarded. Chan was totally taken aback and desperately wanted to do something to save the edible food going to the bin.
“Chan has impacted the lives of many in society
because he made them aware of the food
wastage in Malaysia and the world.”
Sneak peek across the globe about surplus management
Chan’s anxiety about food waste guided him to Google about what other countries around the world are doing to tackle food waste? This is what he found!
1) French law prevents its country from throwing away food waste. All food has to be channeled to NGO, turned it into animal food or energy or make it into compost.
2) Hong Kong has an NGO, the Angel, where volunteers go around saving food from hotels, F&B, and shopping malls and bring it back to their center before distributing it out to the needy.
3) Sweden has an app that encourages its people to tackle food waste by buying food surplus throughout the day.
Embarking on the “surplus mission”
His research outcomes drove him to start his own start-up in tackling food waste. His business is not making huge revenue but is making a stupendous impact for sure! They earn by selling-off the food surplus and also via the subscription method that they have in facilitating the Green Hero community to save surplus on a weekly or monthly basis. Apart from that, they also have the -“Sponsor Me” initiative where they get someone from the Green Hero community to sponsor a child for 15-22 meal surpluses that can be saved for their supper or their breakfast for school.
Roping in the serious business
Sometimes a little imagination goes a long way! Green Hero community convinced eateries that they would get paid for their so-called wastage and by making them aware of the wastage they were sending to the landfill made them sell food surplus at lower rates.
Future is bright
The next scheme in the pipeline is to target big corporates to buy the edible food surplus at least 3-4 times a month to treat their appointed staff for free. This will provide another fixed income for the start-up.
“The Green Hero community sponsors a child in a
charitable organization home so that 15-22 meals surpluses are channeled
to a child for a month as a breakfast or supper.”
Plans of Green Hero in the year to come are-
- Launch an app on 6th of November 2019
- Expand the service to Ipoh and Johor in 2020.
- Expand to all parts of Malaysia by 2021
- Reaching Thailand by 2022
- Work closely with Lifestyle Food Magazine to create a greater chance for a greener world and foster great ties in years to come starting with this write-up.
The surplus is a plus point
Edible food surplus helps many to get more food at discounts, especially the students and also the lower-income groups. Chan’s initiative has offered food with up to 70% discounts for many to save the food wastage.
The food start-up which is set-up to help the needy with no money has reduced their burden to buy groceries that are expensive for them. This has allowed the affected families to have more savings to spend on other things. The overwhelming public support has boosted him to aim high. Chan hopes to reduce food wastage not just in Malaysia but in the entire world. All the best Chan!