Food for the sustainable future!

WasteBuster would like to introduce our new product, a formulated snack using fruits and vegetables waste as one of the core ingredients.

Use Case

On a global scale, approximately 40 to 50% fruits and vegetables end up lost or wasted along the food supply chain. Fruits and vegetables wastes are often disposed at landfill, or heat-treated and used as compost. These wastes will produce greenhouse gas (eg:methane) and will contribute to global warming. Global warming has been increasing the temperatures of the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere. The number of natural disasters related to global warming, ranging from mild to absolutely destructive, is noticeably skyrocketing. This is putting a massive strain on the federal budget and immediate sources of food, especially in 2050, when food is predicted to be insufficient to feed the huge population. The enormous demand of food by 2050 requires immediate intervention in increasing food supply.


Snacks are common food suitable for all ages and are typically designed to be portable and satisfying on-the-go food. This will be the first ever “waste-snack” which will satisfy hunger and at the same time, provide life-saving nutrition whilst reducing food wastage. To enhance the protein content, mealworm powder is incorporated as one of the ingredients. Other than alleviating the increasing demand for food by 2050, this calorie-dense snack also comes in handy especially during disaster. In times of emergency, this low cost snack can also be used as a sustainable carbon-based fuel. Utilising the fruits and vegetables wastes will greatly improve global food security and availability, mitigate the wastes' environmental impact and reduce resources required from the food supply chain.

Business Case

Extruded snack has revolutionized the snack market and is projected to grow to USD 31 billion by 2019, associated with 4% of CAGR by 2020. Using something recognisable and fun helps reduce the negative perception of consuming food waste-based products. Solidifying WasteBuster’s venture into health-based extruded snack incorporated with fruits and vegetables mix provides general public an opportunity to stay satiated through healthy snacking. In addition, our product is affordable at 0.05 USD per pack (200 g). This makes our product affordable even to the poorest region in the world; Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with citizens earning on average USD 1.08 per day. Our snack will be sold via online store and supermarket which accounted to more than 53% of overall market revenue globally.


  1. Reducing food waste by utilizing discarded fruits and vegetables and further saving more dumping sites for other purposes.
  2. Expanding extruded snack market by producing an affordable well-diversified health-based snack with fruits and vegetables mix.
  3. Aiming to cope with disaster relief assistance as a source of nutrient-rich emergency food and/ or a cheap carbon-based solid fuel.

Team WasteBuster

Serdang, Malaysia

Way to go!..... / Published January 13, 2017 by Yih Phing Khor

Way to go!.....

Live Testing! / Published January 13, 2017 by Yih Phing Khor

Live Testing!


Thanks for the valuable feedback from the consumer!....... :)

Processing Flow Chart / Published January 13, 2017 by Yih Phing Khor

Processing Flow Chart

Expert Input / Published January 9, 2017 by Yih Phing Khor

Expert Input

Greatly appreciate the feedback from the food experts!

1) "Exceptional project!!! Keep up with the excellent job."
- Assoc. Professor Dr. Nor Ainy Mahyudin
(Deputy Dean, Postgraduate, Research, and Innovation Division, Faculty of Food Science
and Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia)

2) "This is one of the best solutions to overcome food loss and food waste in developing
- Professor Dr. Tan Chin Ping
(Head of Department, Department of Food Technology, Faculty of Food Science and
Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia)

3) "I applaud the students' commendable effort to contribute to Food Security by trying to reduce
food waste."
- Assoc. Professor Dr. Sharifah Kharidah Syed Muhamad
(Lecturer, Department of Food Science, Faculty of Food Science and Technology, Universiti
Putra Malaysia)

4) "I have to commend the WasteBuster team for coming up with such an interesting product at
a time when food wastage is a problem and food sustainability a growing concern. Compared
with other solutions which are more theoretical than practical, I believe the WasteBuster's
idea of mass-producing a multi-functional nutritious snack with long shelf life is highly
accomplishable. This product is truly a game-changer!"
- Dr. Tan Tai Boon
(Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of Food Technology, Faculty of Food Science and
Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia)

GIF Masters / Published January 2, 2017 by Yih Phing Khor

GIF Masters

Our Team

Our Mission

Student. Food Technologist. Game Changer. Transformation of food wastage through established technological methods into sources of sustenance.

Our Background

1. Student. Food Technologist. Game Changer. 2. Save The World. Benefit the population with knowledge. 3. Concern about the environment and humanity 4. Use knowledge to help others.

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The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.