After being reintroduced to Kwytza this weekend, I was inspired to revisit some older Re-Nest posts from 2007 and 2009 highlighting their products. Based in Eugene, Oregon. Kwytza (the word for chopstick in Chinese) is the brainchild of Bryan Parks, where single use chopsticks are collected and sanitized with high temperature, high pressure wash before they're turned into new consumer products.
By some estimates, 25 million trees and bamboo plants are needed to support consumption of single-use chopsticks, which then end up in the trash.
In true altruistic fashion, the folks at Kwytza genuinely hope that one day they'll no longer be able to make their recycled products as a result of heightened preservation efforts. Until then, they're products will continue to keep as many used chopsticks our of the landfills as they can.
(Images: Michelle Chin (top) and Kwytza)