SOLIT RICEIT CHOPSTICKS
Innovative bio-composite material shaped in environmentally friendly chopsticks on Kickstarter
In the Mediterranean city of Barcelona, three young Catalan engineers - Emili Gutierrez, Albert Redo and Aleix Monegal - are passionately researching and developing new biodegradable materials diverse industrial processes.
SOLIT RICEIT is an amazing new eco-friendly bio-composite material made of rice husk and polymer that can be used to make chopsticks, among other products.
"One of the most interesting materials we were working with was rice husks - a byproduct of rice production. We thought that we could obtain a wonderful wood-like sustainable material if we mixed rice husks with an environmentally friendly polymers" - Emili says.
Chopsticks are so popular that 200 football fields of aspen and bamboo trees are harvested every day to produce 136 million chopsticks that end up in the trash after being used. Such production levels of wooden chopsticks represents a significant environmental challenge.
"Our new bio-composite material can reduce this damage. It is made of 80% rice husks and 20% polymer. They are completely eco-friendly and sustainable" - Albert says.
As opposed to wood, SOLIT RICEIT chopsticks are 100% reusable, very resistant and completely dishwasher proof, so you can use them as many times as you want. Unlike ceramic or plastic, SOLIT RICEIT chopsticks have the same warm look and feel as wooden chopsticks. And they can be made in different colors too.
Top it off, these three engineers applied their designing skills to develop a new concept of chopsticks. "After several months of sleepless nights and bootstrapping, a beautifully crafted pair of chopsticks was born, with an innovative design that allows you to enjoy your food while minimizing the impact on the environment at the same time." Aleix says.
The fundamental design idea of SOLIT RICEIT chopsticks is the creation of fully reusable pair of chopsticks that will be easy and comfortable to use and that can be carried with you anywhere you go. We have maintained the traditional chopsticks geometry but adding an innovative and practical SOLIT RICEIT base that we call auto-click.
This innovative auto-click 3-in-1 SOLIT RICEIT base allows keeping the chopsticks in perfect form when separated, serve as a clean surface to leave them resting between bites, and keeping them together as you carry them in your bag or picnic basket.
Being made from a byproduct of rice production, the fabrication of SOLIT RICEIT chopsticks has less environmental impact, reducing the CO2 emissions by 80%.
As opposed to wood, SOLIT RICEIT chopsticks are 100% reusable, very resistant and completely dishwasher proof, so you can use them as many times as you want. Unlike ceramic or plastic, SOLIT RICEIT chopsticks have the same warm look and feel as wooden chopsticks.
Currently these original chopsticks can be found exposed on kickstarter ( https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/197638111/solit-riceit-chopsticks ). " The entire project is developed, but we need a final push so that they can bring to the market" - Emili says.
Sure that this new material will be talking about.