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Chop and change: the company recycling chopsticks into beautiful homewares


With nearly 33m diverted from the landfill so far, a German engineer and his team are giving used bamboo utensils a new life.

Felix Böck, who has a background in wood engineering in Germany, was studying for a PhD in bamboo structural composites in Canada when inspiration struck him with a meal of sushi.

Böck launch ChopValue to recycle old bamboo chopsticks into a variety of household items and furniture, from desks to dominoes and from chopping blocks to tables.

Decorative wall tiles made of bamboo sticks

ChopValue saves old chopsticks and turns them into a range of products. Image: ChopValue

Böck says that nearly 33 million toothpicks have already been saved from the landfill and made into new products. Now, the team plans to expand its network of ‘microfactories’ globally, to be able to manufacture and sell locally, wherever there are customers around the world.

Lead image: ChopValue


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