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Recycled chopstick products made and designed in Vancouver.
Recycled chopstick products made and designed in Vancouver.
Recycled chopstick products made and designed in Vancouver.
127 backers pledged CA$ 16,678 to help bring this project to life.

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ChopValue™ - Recycled Chopstick Products

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our idea

It is very simple when we try to explain where the idea came from: we love sushi! And with many sushi lovers come thousands of disposable chopsticks that end up in our landfills. Actually, up to 100 000 per day just in Vancouver... so that got us thinking. 

What started as a product development exercise, soon became an opportunity for our research team to get Vancouverites involved in value-added bamboo research - entirely based on solid waste as a resource. We launched the collection program in May 2016 and we instantly started receiving plenty of material and positive feedback from our participating restaurants. Some are now actively involved in designing products they'd like to see their chopsticks turn into. 

ChopValue provides free recycling bins to anyone who is interested in joining the collection program. When a new user signs up on chopvalue.ca, a new pick up point appears on the map; the ChopValue team then receives a notification and arranges the pick up free of charge on a weekly or biweekly basis.

It's a great story to be part of and we are just at the beginning of it. Saving thousands of chopsticks from the landfill each day is a good and responsible start of making our city greener. Looking into the future, we can think of many more urban waste resources that can be turned into new, value-added materials. 

our resource

The majority of disposable chopsticks we use on a daily basis are made out of bamboo - mainly Moso bamboo grown in China. Bamboo is actually so vast that it covers approximately 1% of the world's forests. Over the last decades, this extensive resource has been studied for the use of new, high-performance engineered products with its advantages in hardness, strength, and durability. 

China is a world leader in supplying our favourite restaurants with chopsticks. Only in China, 45 billion disposable bamboo chopsticks are used per year. 

How long do you need to finish your daily take-out sushi tray? 30minutes? 1 hour? Well... a pair of chopsticks went through a whole lot longer than that to get in your hands! Bamboo culms first get harvested, then treated and dried, then the finest and most mature part of the bamboo stem gets shaped into the chopsticks (utilization rate is below 50% - the rest is waste), and then the finished product is shipped to your city which is often more than 8000 km away! 

our vision

ChopValue thinks we can do better than just throwing out these chopsticks, which is why the team is giving them a second life as a high-performance durable product with an appealing design and versatile applications. Let's improve our carbon footprint and give this material a second chance - it's worth the chopsticks' long travels! 

ChopValue's product development team has worked on a process that cleans, screens and processes the chopsticks, before heat and pressure form up to 200 chopsticks into 1 single tile. Based on this process, tiles, shelves, table tops, and many more products can be developed. 

Our final vision is supplying high-performance products made out of recycled chopsticks to our customers - most notably our participating restaurants when they plan their next renovation. Let's tell the story together and create a circular economy - without any production waste!

Product 1: ChopValue™ Tiles

 

Product 2: ChopValue™ Coasters 

 

 

 

Product 3: ChopValue™ Shelf

 

Product 4: ChopValue™ StarterSet (featuring Tiles & Shelves)

 

 ChopValue™ TableTop & Special Projects

 

 

Risks and challenges

We have successfully launched the collection program for recycling chopsticks in one of the most environmentally perceptive neighbourhoods - Kitsilano, Vancouver. We hope to create an impact with the same success rate of participating restaurants in many other neighbourhoods which requires our society to be motivated to recycle and see the opportunities of creating new things...

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    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About $4

    ChopValue™ RecyclingBin

    Thank you for setting up your own bin at home!

    sign up at: www.chopvalue.ca/recycle/ to make your pick up location appear on our map.

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    Pledge CA$ 12 or more About $9

    ChopValue™ Tiles

    Different options in sizes, thicknesses, and surface textures provide a variety of appearances for wall (decorative) and flooring (structural) applications.

    Save 20% off our retail price.

    Total Dimensions: 195 x 195 x 12.5 mm

    Thank you for giving 200 chopsticks a new life.

    Installation strips are included with every tile.

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    ChopValue™ Coasters

    Our favourite startup product comes in a set of 4

    Personalized custom laser engraving FOR FREE: get in touch with us and send us your text (up to 10 letters) or logo.

    Total Dimensions: 95 x 95 x 12.5 mm

    Thank you for giving 200 chopsticks a new life.

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    ChopValue™ Shelf

    A perfect addition to any wall.

    Available in different depths and shapes upon request, recommended in alternating use with ChopValue™ Tiles. Send us your own specifications – be creative and custom order your shelf system.

    Save 20% off our retail price.

    Thank you for giving 200 chopsticks a new life.

    Installation strips are included with every shelf.

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    Pledge CA$ 125 or more About $97

    ChopValue™ StarterSet

    Fill your empty wall space with dynamic shapes! Available in hexagonal, square and rectangular shape.

    Save 20% off our retail price.

    Thank you for giving 1800 chopsticks a new life.

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    Pledge CA$ 175 or more About $135

    ChopValue™ WallArt S

    Receive 15 ChopValue™ Tiles for your first recycled chopstick products project.

    Save 20% off our retail price.

    Mix and match our products - or work with our design team on creating your custom space

    Thank you for giving 3000 chopsticks a new life.

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    Pledge CA$ 300 or more About $232

    ChopValue™ WallArt M

    Receive 25 ChopValue™ Tiles for your first recycled chopstick products project.

    Save 20% off our retail price.

    Mix and match our products - or work with our design team on creating your custom space

    Thank you for giving 5000 chopsticks a new life.

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    Pledge CA$ 450 or more About $348

    ChopValue™ WallArt X

    Receive our favourite combination of 30 ChopValue™ Tiles and 5 ChopValue™ Shelves

    Save 20% off our retail price.

    Thank you for giving 6500 chopsticks a new life.

    Includes:
    • ChopValue™ Coasters
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    Pledge CA$ 2,500 or more About $1,934

    ChopValue™ - adopt a neighbourhood

    Interested in adopting your neighbourhood to receive all insights about recycling statistics, waste disposal savings, carbon offsets and improvement of environmental footprint through our campaign?

    Get involved! Join us and get your name on our recycling bins in your neighbourhood:

    1. UBC | Point Grey
    2. Kitsilano | Dunbar | Kerrisdale
    3. Downtown | West End
    4. Fairview | Oakridge | Cambie | Marpole
    5. East Van

    Is your neighbourhood is not listed? Contact us for more information.

    Includes:
    • ChopValue™ Coasters- laser engraving of your neighbourhood's name
    • ChopValue™ StarterSet
    • ChopValue™ RecyclingBin
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- (60 days)