Chopsticks have been around for thousands of years and are typically made from wood. Although the eating utensils are typically made from recycled material, it’s not necessarily the most eco-friendly to toss utensils in the trash after a single use. One company, Marushige Confectioner, has found a way to counter the waste by creating edible chopsticks.
According to RocketNews24, the chopsticks are made of igusa, a type of reed that’s typically used to make Japanese tatami floor mats. The igusa used is specifically sourced in Kumamoto prefecture on the island of Kyushu.
While the chopsticks are technically edible, most people in Japan don’t consider igusa a common ingredient; however, the company says it has found two Tokyo restaurants willing to provide the eating utensils to customers.