Meet The Man On a Solo Mission To Divert Food Waste Around The World

Shai 'Fruitfella' Yeshanov aims to reduce waste one country at a time - and hopes others will join him
Fruitfella Distributing Fruit
Yeshanov has diverted food waste in 20 countries so far this year (Photo: Instagram)

Shai Yeshanov is on a one-man mission to divert fruit waste around the world.

Using the online handle 'Fruitfella', the grassroots activist has implemented his project in 20 countries this year alone - and is still counting.


In every country he visits, Yeshanov goes to markets and farms and asks for donations of produce that would otherwise be thrown away.

He then gives it to locals and travellers, with an emphasis on those in need.

His project is aimed at reducing waste, filling stomachs, and creating awareness of the big-picture issue at hand.

Fruitfella And Miracle Messages
Yeshanov delivers fruit to the homeless, in a collaboration with Miracle Messages (Photo: Instagram)


According to the Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations, about one third of all food produced globally ends up being lost or wasted before making it to consumers.

Yeshanov told Plant Based News: "People are largely unaware of how prevalent this global issue is.

"They'e been so surprised to find out the perfectly edible fruit they are eating would have been wasted. It's eye opening for them!"

Large-scale impact

Yeshanov explained also that he hopes his contribution to the zero-waste movement will help to influence large-scale change in the food industry.

He said: "I'd like to see wasteful vendors, especially the big corporate ones that get paid to compost (or paid to waste food) get on board with 'freecycling' what would be wasted.

"It would be amazing to have consumers and vendors alike start a food bank where they can drop off food for anyone to access at any time."

According to Yeshanov, many big businesses that refuse to give away unwanted produce cite 'liability issues'.


The waste reduction advocate says he'd be happy to see his project grow, and invites anyone interested in starting similar initiatives to contact him as he's 'just one guy' and can only do so much on his own.

He told PBN: "The traveling portion makes it significantly harder with regards to logistics.

"If you are in one place it may be easier to establish lasting connections with fruit sellers."

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Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.

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