“Once a chopstick, now a statement…”
Is the tagline of the company, ChopValue, a circular resource company turning chopsticks into treasure. The company is opening its eleventh franchise (ChopValue refers to them as “micro-factories”) in Boston this week.
To date, ChopValue reclaimed 81,000,000 chopsticks and counting! That’s over 111,619 kilograms of carbon stored according to the ChopValue website.
The idea came to German founder, Felix Böck, as a goal to transform waste into a valuable resource.
Fast forward 10 million chopsticks – we have presented our Microfactory concept in more than 10 countries, with media covered in more than 35. For me, we’ve moved beyond proving that we have built a viable, carbon-negative manufacturing business out of discarded chopsticks, and now it’s time to expand this concept globally.
To spearhead the ChopValue micro factory opening this October in Boston’s South End is Elaine Chow. Chow is an MIT Sloan School of Management graduate living in Dorchester with her family. Her focus is on improving Boston by implementing her over 20 years of experience in workforce and youth development.
“My vision is for ChopValue Boston to serve as a local catalyst for circular business and inspire others to think bigger and better,” states Chow.
Boston is eager to keep executing the hopes of achieving carbon neutrality, which is at the core of ChopValue’s business model. Each week ChopValue Boston will recycle nearly 1,000 pounds of chopsticks and press them into beautiful wood materials that later become coasters, butcher blocks, and even building materials!
You can find ChopValue products online and learn more about their product lifetime. Already some of our favorite businesses have joined this lovely initiative as ChopValue Boston recycling partners:
- Bon Me
- Futago Udon
- Nud Pob Thai Cuisine
- Blue Ribbon Sushi
Find the ChopValue Boston Microfactory at:
55 Roland St. Boston, MA 02129
Tuesday, October 25
4:30 PM- 6:30 PM