On a global scale, we use a staggering number of chopsticks – 80 billion pairs to be precise – many of which are thrown into landfill and other landfill sites each year. Since 2016, a Vancouver-based company has been upcycling the disposable items into a modern, minimal line of furniture and housewares.
A new video from Business Insider goes behind the scenes ChopValue to record the entire production process, which begins with collecting the free raw material in approximately 300 restaurants in the city of British Columbia. When returned to the plant, the utensils are sorted, coated with a water-based resin, and baked in a 200-degree oven for five hours to kill any germs. They are then dismantled and loaded into a massive hydraulic machine that compresses the individual sticks into a composite panel, which is finally sanded and made into countertops, tiles and dominoes, among other things. Since its inception, the company has saved nearly 33 million pairs of chopsticks from entering a landfill.
With three micro-factories in Canada and retailers across North America, ChopValue’s presence is growing and the company is currently offering Opportunities for Franchise Businesses. Shop coasters, shelves, and other merchandise the siteand follow the product launches on Twitter and Instagram. (over The children should see that)
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