Meet the Instagram artist who turns "ugly produce" into tiny artwork to spread awareness of food waste.

From little cauliflower trees to radish flamingoes, Danling Xiao's tiny food sculptures are whimsical enough to make you smile (and seriously crave a carrot)! But there's much more to her art than its cute factor. With each creation, Xiao tells an important story about sustainability, from the positive impacts of shopping seasonally, to the dangers of deforestation.

When she began the photo series on Instagram in 2013, the Chinese graphic designer says it was simply a creative outlet. But as she began focusing more on each piece and nurturing the creation process, Xiao says she started to become more mindful -- of herself, of others, and of her effects on the environment. Soon, the Sydney resident found herself looking for ways to live a more sustainable life.


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