Before we get to this week’s Giveaway Friday, congratulations go out to Todd Howard.
According to Random.org, Todd won our giveaway from two weeks ago (everyone won last Friday) for An awesome cutting board!
On to this week’s Giveaway Friday!
In the summer of 2009, I volunteered to work for the Denver Green festival. It was a fantastic experience where I met a lot of amazing people.
I also learned new approaches that people are using on to solve some of the largest environmental problems the planet is facing today.
One of the neatest and most unique businesses I saw was at a booth manned by the inventor/creator of the chopstick basket.
Every year, millions of used wooden chopsticks are thrown out after just one use. They go to the landfill with other food scraps.
Over 25 million trees and bamboo plants are needed every year just to support how many chopsticks are used (in China alone). While chopsticks are most often wood and will break down, it seems strange that humans would go to all the expense and effort of creating a chopstick just to throw it out after a single use.
I guess there are lots of things like that, but an inventor in Oregon saw this as an opportunity.
Chopstick Art is the original idea of founder Bryan Parks, an American who lived in China for several years, and discovered that billions of chopsticks are thrown out in China every year.
Bryan decided to invent the chopstick basket.
Working with local Chinese and Thai food restaurants, he collects the old chopsticks, soaks and sterilizes them, and turns them into baskets and light fixtures.
They are decorative, stylish, functional, and made from something which is otherwise just tossed away.
Bryan calls his chopstick art “exquisitely designed accents of enduring quality and ecological significance.”
You took the words right out of my keyboard Bryan.
To be entered to win this awesome chopstick basket, all you have to do is follow the instructions below.
Step 1: Like this post on Facebook, Tweet it on Twitter, or +1 it on Google.
Step 2: Visit ChopstickArt.com (opens in new window)
Step 3: Post a comment about what you will do with this basket when you win. Post your comment here on this post (below).