College students from Quincy, California, suggest making chopsticks for sale to China to meet growing demand by converting woodwaste from a local lumber mill, schedule meeting with SPI

LOS ANGELES , February 12, 2014 () – Four college students from Quincy, California at the recent Sierra Cascade Logging Conference in Anderson, California, presented their idea to use waste wood from lumber production to produce chopsticks to sell to China, The Capital Press reported on Feb. 10.

The idea took form when one of the students read about a chopsticks factory in Georgia shutting down because it was unable to supply the growing demand.

China, the students noted, uses more than 200 billion pairs of chopsticks per year but does not produce enough timber domestically to sustain the demand. China does not have a cost-effective long-term source nearby, as harvesting wood from Russia would incur a high tax.

The students believe building a chopstick manufacturing facility that would take leftover wood from a local timber processing mill could create 100 jobs in the area.

According to The Capital Press, the students—who are doing the chopsticks project as part of an entrepreneurship class--were set to have a meeting with officials from Sierra Pacific Industries, which operates a lumber mill in Quincy.

The primary source of this article is The Capital Press, Salem, Oregon, on Feb. 10, 2014.

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