ChopValue recycles 25 million chopsticks into furniture and decor

March 19, 2020 by  
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A Canadian-based company called ChopValue has found some unique ways to reuse single-use chopsticks — think of it as upcycling food utensils into chic, sustainable decor and housewares. The process starts in coordination with restaurants by collecting used chopsticks. The wood then goes through a micro-manufacturing process, which turns it into usable material for other products. ChopValue keeps the production carbon-neutral while maintaining an overall carbon-negative status for the company. Consumers can select products with complete transparency regarding the overall carbon footprint and number of recycled chopsticks that were used to make a specific item. Related: Kwytza chopstick art transforms single-use chopsticks into stylish home decor The founder of ChopValue, Felix Böck, developed and engineered the innovative material while earning his PhD. The idea came one night while having sushi, when Böck and his partner were discussing their frustrations over construction waste in the city. They looked down at their chopsticks and were instantly inspired; the rest is history. Taking an interest in the environment and corporate responsibility, Böck hopes to lead by example and inspire others to rethink resource efficiency. The company offers a variety of decor items, including a hexagonal display shelf and honeycomb-shaped pieces that can be used as a single unit or in conjunction with other tiles for a geometric look. There is also a selection of cutting board options with designs specialized for charcuterie boards, cheese and cracker displays or butcher blocks. There’s even a zero-waste kit that comes with a cheeseboard, coasters, key chains, toothbrushes, chopsticks, stainless steel straws and straw cleaners; the kit comes in a box that can be used to donate used chopsticks back to the company. As an incentive, the company will get you a product equal to the amount of chopsticks you donate. For example, 75 chopsticks will net you a 75-chopstick coaster. In addition to the standard selections available on the website, ChopValue can produce custom wood furniture and other items. For example, a community table created for Little Kitchen Academy diverted 33,436 disposable chopsticks from the landfill. Another big project saw the creation of wall paneling, restaurant tables and entrance flooring for Little Bird Dim Sum that utilized more than 330,000 disposable chopsticks. According to the company, its efforts have recycled more than 25 million chopsticks to date. ChopValue has created a virtual interactive trade show booth in partnership with WireWax as a result of the many canceled trade shows stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak. Check it out while scrolling through the website, and it might just inspire the designer in you. + ChopValue Images via ChopValue

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Andrew Cheng Unveils Beech Side Tables Inspired By Chopsticks

August 27, 2014 by  
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San Francisco-based industrial designer Andrew Cheng designed Chopsticks, a series of side tables with simple and slight profiles. Inspired by the two-toned lacquer used on chopsticks to differentiate ownership, the slim table legs are split into two color blocks. Steel rods are inserted into the table legs to strengthen the structure in a process similar to pencil making. The Chopsticks series will launch at Tent London during the London Design Festival. + Andrew Cheng The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andrew Cheng , chopsticks , chopsticks-inspired furniture , lacquer , London Design Festival , pencil making , reader submitted content , TENT London

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20 World-Changing Semifinalists Announced for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

August 27, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of 20 World-Changing Semifinalists Announced for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algal turf scrubbing , asknature , bonobo peace forest , buckminster fuller challenge , buckminster fuller challenge 2014 , buckminster fuller institute , Ecosofft , living breakwaters , the food commons

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CUBE Transforms an Old Storeroom into t’Park, an Indoor Oasis for Amsterdam

August 27, 2014 by  
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Say Goodbye to Disposable Chopsticks Forever with Penstix

July 10, 2014 by  
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Did you know that over 80 BILLION pairs of disposable chopsticks were thrown out worldwide last year? It might seem inconsequential to toss out that used pair of bamboo or wooden sticks after you’ve finished hoovering your take-out sushi , but if you think about how many other people are doing the same thing, every day, several times a day, around the globe… the numbers are staggering. In this modern era of eco-awareness, most people are aiming to reduce their garbage waste as much as possible, and litterless lunch options  are among the best ways to do that. Penstix is a pair of eco-friendly chopsticks that tucks neatly into a pen, can be cleaned easily, and if cared for properly, can last a lifetime. Read the rest of Say Goodbye to Disposable Chopsticks Forever with Penstix Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bento , camping , chop sticks , chopsticks , disposable , disposable chopsticks , eating utensils , IndieGoGo , litter , litter-free , litterless , litterless lunch , lunch kit , noodles , Penstix , reduce waste , reusable chopsticks , reusable utensils , sushi , utensils

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Fab recycled projects: bird feeders, storage bags, pot racks & more

April 28, 2011 by  
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It’s been a few weeks since I shared some links so here are some of my favourite sightings and emails from the last month: First up, it has to be Scott’s coke can and chopsticks bird feeder – as always, a fab recycled item with very fun how-to instructions.

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Recycle This turns five!

April 28, 2011 by  
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I mentioned on Twitter yesterday that it was Recycle This’s fifth birthday earlier this week – we launched on the 24th April 2006. In the intervening five years, I’ve published 1026 posts about reusing and recycling random stuff

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China’s 45 Billion Disposable Chopsticks Require 100 Acres of Forests Every 24 Hours

August 23, 2010 by  
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Photo: Flickr , CC That’s a Lot of Chopsticks Apparently China’s Ministry of Commerce has had it with disposable chopsticks.

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See-Through Car is Super Efficient (307 mpg!)

August 23, 2010 by  
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Photos from Bridgestone Americas Inc . This car turns heads. It’s clear

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Is the Electrification of Transportation a Good Thing? (Part 2)

August 23, 2010 by  
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Electric Cars are Coming – Is it a Good Thing? In part 1 , we looked at why it’s important to get our cars off oil and what the first part of that transition might look like

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