Recycling chopsticks 竹筷子回收再利用

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Recycling chopsticks 竹筷子回收再利用
學習要點

有關 「manufacturing(製造)」 的詞彙
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What are the chopstick-tiles used for?
文字稿

Bamboo chopsticks are some of the world’s most popular utensils, but create their fair share of waste. A company in Vancouver, Canada, is giving them a new life.

竹製筷子是世界上最受歡迎的餐具之一,但隨之也產生很多垃圾。加拿大溫哥華的一家公司給這些用過的筷子找到了一個新用途。

Felix Bock, ChopValue founder
Sometimes a good idea starts with frustration – when you understand how resource inefficient we are in our cities. I wanted to make sure to set an example of using chopsticks and create a viable business out of it.

菲力克斯‧博克 ChopValue 公司 創始人
「有時候,一個好的想法始於挫折與無奈——比如,在你瞭解我們城市裡的資源是多麼的低效後。我想樹立一個榜樣,讓人們用筷子,同時以此創辦一個可行的商業模式。」

ChopValue collects used chopsticks from local restaurants. The sticks are cleaned, infused with resin and pressed into tiles.

ChopValue公司從當地的餐館收集用過的筷子。這些筷子被清洗乾淨,注入樹脂,然後壓成片板。

Felix Bock, ChopValue founder
Our limitation was the size of the chopstick at the beginning – so I wanted to keep it very, very modular and very micro, and that’s how we developed the first hydraulic hot press that presses 8 by 8 inch (20 by 20 centimetre) tile. It’s very highly densified.

菲力克斯‧博克 ChopValue 公司 創始人
「一開始,我們受筷子大小的限制,所以我想儘可能的模塊化,儘量小,這就是我們開發第一個電熱紙樣壓榨機的方式,它能壓出8×8英吋(20×20釐米)的片板。這些片板的密度極高。」

The tiles are used to make new products, including home decor, kitchenware and table tops.

這些片板被用來製造新產品,包括家居裝飾、廚具和桌面。

The company has recycled more than 25 million chopsticks to date. They hope to expand by taking their business model abroad.

到目前為止,該公司已經回收了超過2500萬雙筷子。他們希望通過把業務模式推廣到國外來進一步擴大公司的規模。

Felix Bock, ChopValue founder
Think of mass manufacturing today like Ikea would do it. We’re kind of the anti-Ikea and the anti-Amazon. We don’t want to ship product. We don’t want to mass-produce in one location. We want to produce locally wherever you are – but to scale, with a global design and a global brand of support in the back.

菲力克斯‧博克 ChopValue 公司 創始人
「想想如今像宜家那樣大規模生產的公司,我們比較抵制宜家和亞馬遜的模式。我們不想長途運送貨物。我們不想在一個地方大規模地生產。我們希望在所有地方都能按當地所需,就地生產,同時背後有一個全球統一的設計和品牌做支撐。」

Some of the chopsticks have even found a new life as decor in the restaurants where they were sourced from.

有一些筷子甚至作為裝飾物又回到了曾使用過它們的餐館。
詞彙

resource 資源

infused 灌輸,注入

modular 模塊

press 壓平器,壓榨機

mass-produce 成批生產,大批量生產
問題答案

They make new products including home decor, kitchenware and table tops.