Who are we?


Hi! I’m Tamsin Chen, a third-year student at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, USA. I’m pursuing a double-major in International Studies and Economics, with keen interests in environmental sustainability and global development. I’m a Singapore resident, and am back in sunny Singapore this school break for Operation Zero Waste Dabao.

In a nutshell, it’s probably a mixture of a few things that led me to start Operation Zero Waste Dabao. The sustainability ideas I’ve been fortunate enough to be exposed to throughout my education, the practices I cultivated living on Vassar’s campus (like food waste composting, eating locally and seasonally), and my deep-seated love for Singapore, its people, and its food… I’ve seen what remarkable things can happen in a community that lives intentionally, actively questioning itself and its context. I’m confident such communities in Singapore can exist – if we only create settings that are conducive to positive change.

Environmental activist Van Jones often says, “Change comes from the top-down, the bottom-up, and from the inside-out.” In other words, DON’T NATO (No Action, Talk Only) LAH! Let’s do this.


Of course, Operation Zero Waste Dabao would be no where right now if this were a lone effort! Big, big thanks go to all the volunteer support, mentorship, kindness, laughter, and generosity of

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ECO Singapore


Other friends of Operation Zero Waste Dabao here

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