On a worldwide scale, we collectively eat a staggering amount of chopsticks yearly—80 billion pairs to be precise—many of which end up discarded in landfills and completely different waste web sites. Since 2016, though, a Vancouver-based agency has been upcycling the disposable utensils into a up to date, minimal line of furnishings and residence gadgets.
A new video from Enterprise Insider goes behind-the-scenes with ChopValue to chronicle your total manufacturing course of, which begins with accumulating the free, raw supplies from about 300 consuming locations throughout the British Columbian metropolis. As soon as they’re launched once more to the plant, the utensils are sorted, coated in a water-based resin, and baked in a 200-degree oven for five hours to kill all germs. They’re then broken down and loaded into an infinite hydraulic machine that compresses the individual sticks into a composite board, which lastly is sanded and regular into counter tops, tiles, and dominos, amongst an expansion of completely different merchandise. Since its inception, the company has saved virtually 33 million pairs of chopsticks from getting into a landfill.
With three microfactories in Canada and retailers all through North America, ChopValue’s footprint is rising, and the company is at current offering opportunities for franchises. Retailer coasters, shelving, and completely different gadgets on the site, and observe product launches on Twitter and Instagram. (by way of The Kids Should See This)
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