U.S. Chopsticks

  • 2016

U.S. Chopsticks

Author:
Steven Bartomioli
Abstract:

This project will establish the organization U.S. Chopstick, in the southwestern United States. U.S. Chopsticks will produce 580 million pairs of disposable, wooden chopsticks per year in order to tap into the global demand of 80 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks annually. The project deliverables include the purchasing of a manufacturing facility of approximately 60,000 square feet, approximately 300 acres of land, chopstick manufacturing equipment, and warehouse equipment. The facility will be used to produce chopsticks at a rate of 2 million per day while the surrounding land will be used for the growth and harvest of natural resources congruent with the manufacture of chopsticks in order to promote sustainability. Given the nature of this project’s deliverable and the possibility for high consumption of natural resources this project will also aim to partner with local timber mills in order to acquire scrap wood that may be recycled through the creation of disposable chopsticks. The underlying theme of this project is sustainability. Through the effective use of harvesting techniques and tactics it is possible to meet demand while simultaneously "giving back". One program to be enlisted once operations begin is to plant two trees for every one tree consumed for production. While this is one of many programs to be enlisted it is a defining program of the underlying ethics defining this project.