Imagine 302,669 Rolls-Royce Phantoms. Now, imagine throwing them all away. The total weight of the sedans (796,000 tonnes) is equivalent to the amount of food wasted in Singapore last year, according to a study done by the National Environment Agency.
On a mission to highlight environmental issues such as the effect of detritus produced by fast food, award-winning design firm Chemistry will be showcasing Makan Matters, an exploration of Singapore’s food culture.
One of the exhibits, Fine Fine, Fine, explores a situation where styrofoam boxes are prohibited for use in Singapore. The work encourages individuals to think, if they haven’t, about the reason for such a ban. Though styrofoam is convenient to use, its non-biodegradability makes it one of the most environmentally damaging products.
Similar pieces were created to encourage behavioural change towards food consumption.
Another display where a Nespresso machine churns out teh (tea) alludes to the concept of the human touch of the “tea pullers” being replaced by a contraption. If that’s a disturbing scenario, perhaps more thought should be given to supporting local businesses.
“Food is an omnipresent and, at times, a highly charged theme in Singapore,” said Bassam Jabry, Chemistry’s creative director. “Factors such as what and how we eat, and the choices we make, have a great impact on our behaviour, and perhaps ultimately our culture.”