What is stronger than oak, harder than maple, and each restaurant in Singapore produces 4kg of it every week? You guessed it: chopsticks. In Singapore, over half a million chopsticks get used every day, and they are an excellent, underutilised raw material.
ChopValue, founded by Felix Bock in 2016 in Vancouver, is the world’s first circular economy brand that designs and manufactures products entirely from recycled chopsticks harvested from urban environments. It was brought to Singapore in March this year by mompreneur Evelyn Hew. Today, ChopValue Singapore has harvested considerable amounts of chopsticks from local restaurants, launched an online shop that aims to expand and cater to the demand for sustainable goods, and opened a microfactory with plans to turn it into an educational experience centre. We find out more from Evelyn.