32 million discarded chopsticks were transformed into beautiful furniture and décor in a bid to solve the intolerable problem of chopstick waste. A British Columbia resident developed a startup that transforms used chopsticks into beautiful furniture.
A doctoral student at the University of British Columbia estimated that about 100,000 chopsticks were thrown away in Vancouver every day. Now, this startup known as ChopValue has become successful.
Felix Böck, the doctoral student who initiated the startup now employs 40 people and he has been able to use his special methods to recycle 32 million chopsticks. Böck has created a recent model of production for a circular economy.
He creates furniture like shelves, coasters, cutting boards, etc. Each of these items always requires thousands of chopsticks. This is very productive as billions of chopsticks are used. According to a report, Böck and his girlfriend initiated this idea while they were eating at a sushi restaurant in Vancouver.
Bock started convincing several restaurant owners to create recycling bins for chopsticks only. Immediately these chopsticks are collected, Böck coats them in resin and press them into blocks. Some restaurants across North America compensate Bock for helping them recycle their used chopsticks.
Böck hopes to improve his business model by spreading factories for recycling chopsticks across the world. He has turned 32 million discarded chopsticks into nice pieces of furniture.