A tour of ChopValue in Singapore: Urban harvesting of bamboo chopsticksMeet - July 8, 2022
Last week, John got a behind-the-scenes tour of the ChopValue Singapore micro-factory to see how they turn used chopsticks into furniture and more.
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ChopValue urban harvests used chopsticks. Every chopstick is perfect, slender, and defect-free, making them ideal to develop an innovative engineered material.
“Twice a week, two team members spend an entire day travelling to 100 restaurants and three hospitals around Singapore picking up our trash — hundreds of thousands of used chopsticks. They then upcycle these into gorgeous furniture…“ We have always thought that Singapore lacked natural resources. Actually, we do have resources. It is our trash. On a farm, you produce and harvest crops. In a city, where we have so many humans closely packed together, what you produce is waste. If you are creative, you can transform this waste into resources. That is what ‘urban harvesting‘ is about.”