The idea is simple: collect post-use, single-use chopsticks from restaurants in China, thoroughly clean them, sanitize them at extremely high temperature and pressure, and use them to make high-quality accents for the consumer’s living space. The idea is Kwytza (pronounced k-why-tsa) Kraft. (Kwytza is the Chinese word for chopsticks.)
The company makes lamps, lampshades, wine racks, wastebaskets, tables, CD holders, wall art, night lights, candle holders, floormats and placemats from the recycled chopsticks.
The chopstick idea came from Bryan Parks, company founder and an American who lived in China for several years. One day, while eating lunch with a friend and being handed the wooden chopsticks with his meal, he asked, "How many of these chopsticks do you think they use in a year over here?" Research showed that literally billions of single-use chopsticks were consumed annually.
His idea for the company was born.
The end table pictured above was my favorite from the collection, but there are other interesting pieces also. Explore. Enjoy. ;)