May 29, 2018
Wanted: The beautiful afterlife of chopsticks
On our wish list this month: A credenza as stylish as it is sustainable
By Joanne Sasvari
How often do you eat takeout sushi? Dim sum? Poke? How many bowls of ramen or bibimbap in a week, a month, a year? Now imagine all the chopsticks you’ve used once and thrown away.
Wouldn’t it be great if they had another life?
Well, now they do, and it’s one that could furnish your home, beautifully.
ChopValue Manufacturing is a Vancouver-based engineering and design company that collects used chopsticks from local restaurants and transforms them into contemporary-chic décor items such as shelves, coasters, yoga blocks and now furniture. They do this by pressing them into tiles that are coated with a water-based resin then planed, cut and finished as needed for each design.
Among them are a number of tables and other items created in collaboration with INspiration Furniture. We especially love the sleek, metal-framed credenza, which is made from 17,100 recycled chopsticks. (That is an awful lot of California rolls.) It’s a practical and stylish way of making the planet just that much greener. That’s why it’s what we want this month.
Businesses can sign up for chopstick pickup at chopvalue.ca, which also offers more info about the process and the people behind it, including founder and CEO Felix Bock. Or, to learn more about the furniture line, go to inspirationfurniture.ca.