Hi. There was a news story mentioning a PhD student from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada who has really embraced the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle idea.
Felix Böck, a PhD student from the Faculty of Forestry at UBC has successfully converted used disposable chopsticks into table top products. Disposed wooden chopsticks would be sent to a garbage bin exclusively for wooden chopsticks. These disposed chopsticks would be sent to a facility which would sanitize and reformat them for production purposes. More details of this news story can be found here at this link.
The PhD student has also launched his own startup named ChopValue. There is a Products section which showcases a variety of recycled chopstick products made in Vancouver. Products include coasters, hexagonal shaped shelfs and a tabletop.
This is an example on how science and research and some resourcefulness can lead to new business opportunities.
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