Functional Decor Made From Recycled Chopsticks

Functional Decor Made From Recycled Chopsticks

Michelle Chin
Nov 11, 2010

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.

Kwytza Kraft creates everything from the folding baskets (pictured at top) to trivets, necklaces, purses, lamps and even a plastic bag dryer. Check out their site to view their full product line.

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.

Related posts:
Green On the Go: Top Ten Reusable Utensil Sets
Cutting Down On Disposable Chopsticks
DIY Japanese Lamp from Recycled Materials

(Images: Michelle Chin (top) and Kwytza)

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