Shanghai SOUP was established in Autumn 2016 by Matthew Hollas and David Wellstead, two Englishmen living and working in the city, with backgrounds in education, business and environmental science.
Shanghai's diverse and cosmopolitan communities offer many modern and innovative projects and partnerships, and we see this as a fun, productive and democratic way for people to engage with them; we hope you will join the dinners and support our endeavour!
The project is based off the hugely successful Detroit Soup model and was founded with the aim of creating a fun and entertaining networking event which positively impacts the wider community through microfunding. See 'How It Works' for more details.
The dinners are held on a bi-monthly basis at various locations in central Shanghai and we hope to have our 2017 calendar available very soon.
The soup served at each event is sourced from local suppliers and restaurants, utilising food that would otherwise be thrown away due to overstocking or cosmetic damage. Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted.1 In China, Liu, J. et al. (2013) suggest that 26 million hectares of land are used to grow crops which end up wasted every year, 'the equivalent to the total arable land of Mexico'.2 We feel such waste is unacceptable and hope to promote awareness and further details of what we as consumers can do to reduce our food waste at the events.
2. Liu, J. et al. (2013) Food losses and waste in China and their implication for water and land. Environmental Science & Technology