Used chopsticks transformed into furniture, decoration by ChopValue Boston


Millions of used chopsticks that would otherwise have been thrown away are being turned into furniture by a new Boston-area business franchise. ChopValue Boston collects used chopsticks from area restaurants and transforms them into state-of-the-art sterilized building tiles through a process that involves sorting, soaking, baking, hammering and pressing. “It’s very strong,” said Elaine Chow, founder of ChopValue Boston. “Bamboo is a strong material on its own and when you group it like that, it was found to be stronger than oak and maple.” Chow spent decades working in the nonprofit world, but during the pandemic he decided to change. She came across a video on ChopValue online and realized there were plenty of used chopsticks in the Boston area to support the business. “Do people want to buy recycled materials? Do people want to buy sustainable building materials, carbon negative stuff? The answer to that – I really believe so,” she said. Once his ChopValue operation was up and running in Charlestown, Chow was quick to confirm his findings. “We signed up 100 restaurants in March and within six months we had collected nearly eight tons of material,” she said. That’s approximately 2.5 million used wands that are diverted from landfill and instead find new life in corporate gifts, light fixtures, table tops and more. “A lot of times when people see and touch our product, they say, ‘Wow, I can’t believe it’s made of chopsticks. I can’t believe it’s made from recycled materials,’” she said. ChopValue Boston is only the second franchise in the United States

Millions of used chopsticks that would otherwise have been thrown away are being turned into furniture by a new Boston-area business franchise.

ChopValue Boston collects used chopsticks from area restaurants and transforms them into state-of-the-art sterilized building tiles through a process that involves sorting, soaking, baking, hammering and pressing.

“It’s very strong,” said Elaine Chow, founder of ChopValue Boston. “Bamboo is a strong material on its own and when you group it that way it has been found to be stronger than oak and maple.”

Chow spent decades working in the nonprofit world, but during the pandemic he decided to change. She came across a video on ChopValue online and realized there were plenty of used chopsticks in the Boston area to support the business.

“Do people want to buy recycled materials? Do people want to buy sustainable building materials, carbon negative stuff? The answer to that – I really believe so,” she said.

Once his ChopValue operation was up and running in Charlestown, Chow was quick to confirm his findings.

“We signed up 100 restaurants in March and within six months we had collected nearly eight tons of material,” she said.

That’s approximately 2.5 million used wands that are diverted from landfill and instead find new life in corporate gifts, light fixtures, table tops and more.

“A lot of times when people see and touch our product, they say, ‘Wow, I can’t believe it’s made of chopsticks. I can’t believe it’s made from recycled materials,’” she said.

ChopValue Boston is only the second franchise in the United States


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