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Chop and change

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We take on average 17 minutes to consume our meals. Which equates to something of a cameo appearance for chopsticks, given the distance they travel to reach our dining table – especially when their final destination is usually the trash.

A Canadian startup is putting an end to this by providing recycled chopsticks with a thrill-seeking second life. Forget about being used as cutlery: they’re even better as tabletops, steps, mobile phone cases and – yes – works of art.

Founded four years ago, the company, which now boasts 40 employees, collects around 350,000 used chopsticks each week from shopping centers, airports and universities in Vancouver alone.

Next step: global expansion. A prime example of how the circular economy can work.

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