Chopvalue Wall Décor Set created by upcycling discarded chopsticks | upcycleDZINE

There’s a famous quote that goes like this: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. But it’s not Vegas I’m talking about today. No, it’s my most favorite city Vancouver. And luckily for upcycle design fans what happens in Vancouver, doesn’t stay in Vancouver. 

Chopvalue Coaster created by upcycling discarded chopsticks | upcycleDZINE

No, during my search for upcycle projects and my interest in that city I stumbled upon a mind-blowing and simple idea on how to reuse bamboo chopsticks. And those ideas or designs are the best. The fact that it looks simple, doesn’t mean it’s simple.

Extend the life cycle of chopsticks

More than 100,000 disposable sticks are being thrown out daily in Metro Vancouver alone. That staggering amount should make one think about what to do with waste. But most people don’t care. But a fantastic company in Vancouver does.

Chopvalue Hex pendant created by upcycling discarded chopsticks | upcycleDZINE
Chopvalue product detail created by upcycling discarded chopsticks | upcycleDZINE
Chopvalue Wall Décor Set in corner created by upcycling discarded chopsticks | upcycleDZINE

They’re called ChopValue and is founded by German native Felix Böck. He got the idea during a sushi dinner with his partner (and now our co-founder) looked down at the disposable chopsticks in her hands. Thinking about reusing these sticks for something else initially seemed a ridiculous idea. But after working out several different aspects it made more and more sense. So he set out to recycle used chopsticks to show everyone the feasibility of creating a viable business model while using discarded resources.

Bamboo is a perfect and sustainable material

Discarded bamboo chopsticks are perfect material for creating various objects. Bamboo is a great resource, sustainable and rapidly growing. But first, Felix had to get his hands on as many bamboo chopsticks as he could. So he made a small investment and bought cardboard bins to launch a chopsticks collection program. Felix has a background in wood engineering. This helped him, together with extensive research on bamboo composite materials, to develop and create his first market-ready products. 

Chopvalue Hexagon Shelf created by upcycling discarded chopsticks | upcycleDZINE

Felix Böck:

It should be a normality to think twice if we can reuse a material or not before we throw it away.

Chopvalue Coaster and Table created by upcycling discarded chopsticks | upcycleDZINE

Sometimes it is as if the consumer market is waiting for a certain product. Without knowing it in advance, one then embraces a new product. Fortunately, people are becoming more environmentally aware and want honest, eco-friendly products. And ChopValue fits in perfectly with products from reused bamboo chopsticks.

Reuse chopsticks With ChopValue

Please read the following sentence very carefully, because it’s mind-blowing. 1.5 BILLION disposable chopsticks are discarded globally, per week. That’s a problem we have to solve and can solve, together. And to do that the creative people of ChopValue developed a free recycling program. Since the start, lots of companies made a step to become greener. Restaurants, hotels, shopping malls, corporate offices, and airports have joined the movement.

ChopValue River Rock Casino Table created by upcycling discarded chopsticks | upcycleDZINE
Table by ChopValue at River Rock Casino
Chopvalue 3 piece Wall Décor Set created by upcycling discarded chopsticks | upcycleDZINE
Photos © ChopValue

What does the program entail, what should one do as a company? Well, it’s very simple. Once those chopsticks have been used for a delicious meal, they should not be thrown into the garbage. Instead, they should be placed in a collection bin provided by ChopValue. With this one simple step, one reduces the amount of waste produced and the associated disposal fees, while increasing convenience and sustainability.

For those who have become enthusiastic about the idea of upcycling discarded chopsticks, I have two more amazing ideas that have featured before on upcycleDZINE. Just have a look at the Chopsticks Lamp Project by De.Co.Ré and Chopsticks Tripod Lamp by T.O.M.T.™

Design by ChopValue

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