You know the saying, one man’s leftover noodles is another man’s lunch. I’m pretty sure that’s the expression.
At least that’s the motto freegan Luo Yonghui lives by.
Yonghui shared a post on Facebook about eating leftover noodles at a coffee shop and the world lost its mind.
Your first reaction, like many of the commenters above, might be disgust. How could a person eat someone else’s leftover food? What if they’re sick?
For freegans like Yonghui though, saving money trumps everything else.
Reducing Food Waste
One could view Yonghui’s actions as an attempt to reduce food waste in a consumerist society, or maybe he’s just cheap af, which many of us can certainly relate to.
What’s interesting though was his decision to use new utensils to finish the meal. Like, I’d eat someone’s leftovers any day of the week but to use their spoon and fork? Nah, that’s gross.
Many of us find the thought of eating someone else’s leftovers disgusting, but is it really that bad?
Think about it, we all share food and drinks with our friends and family when we go out for meals. We steal a piece of their pizza, a bite of their prata, and even a swig of their Iced Milo.
We never demand that our friends undergo comprehensive health screenings before we eat their food, so why should this be any different?
According to Dianne Mcgrath, a freegan in Australia, the problem is perception. People who don’t have a problem with the hygiene of eating leftovers still find it difficult to deal with the shame in doing so.
As Dianne says, we tend to believe that people notice us more than they actually do, which is one of the many reasons freeganism hasn’t quite caught on like veganism.
Yonghui clearly doesn’t have this problem, however, as he proudly posted his freeganism adventure on Facebook.
Maybe Yonghui has a point. If we could save money and reduce food waste at the same time, shouldn’t we do so?
If we can all get over our revulsion at eating leftover food, we may soon start scouring coffee shops in search of half-eaten laksas and half-bitten fishballs.
Yonghui’s actions may be repulsive to some, but he’s saving the environment, one leftover noodle at a time.
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