Your Own Microfactory
Feel good about the business you own.
A ChopValue Microfactory
The World Economic Forum forecasts that the circular economy could yield $4.5 trillion in economic benefits by 2030.
More consumers are becoming conscious about the impact their purchases make on the environment.
We are leading the change with our innovative process for a greener future. Over 1.5 billion disposable chopsticks are used worldwide every week, traveling thousands of kilometers for a single use, and then straight to the landfill. We have a responsibility to do better.
Add a ChopValue Microfactory to your community
We envision building a network of distributed micro manufacturing franchises, allowing you to do your part of becoming more resource efficient in your local community. We are looking for urban harvesters with an understanding and excitement to give under utilized resources a second life.
Chopsticks are harvested locally, diverted from landfills and sent to your microfactory.
Products are produced using lean manufacturing techniques at your microfactory.
Shipped To Customers
Beautiful circular economy products
are shipped to customers in your area.
how It Works
ChopValue Microfactory Concept
The production line is subdivided into our CV proprietary core equipment and the remanufacturing machinery from resource to finished end product for your community.
Inviting Value-Aligned Development Partners
People who don't take themselves too seriously, but understand that we are working on a severely important issue in making a circular economy the norm moving forward. While developing a brand that is built on design simplicity, efficiency, and timeless features, we aim to provide thought leadership for our partners and clients.
LEAN, EFFICIENT, MADE LOCAL – wherever you are.
We welcome the best business partners with the right values to connect with us and explore the opportunity to own your own ChopValue Microfactory: develop a market through multi-unit development, a city or region as a development partner, or a country as a master franchisee / development partner.
Flexible models are available to fit any market, including our turnkey flagship model to collect, manufacture, design, and distribute your own products, ranging in size from 1,250-2,500 sq. ft., with 2200 sq. ft. being the prototypical space. We also offer unique ChopValue Machinery (core machinery) only, if existing wood processing machinery is accessible (upon review and approval) - either as extension of your existing business in the secondary wood manufacturing industry, or if you prefer to stay flexible within your setup.
See A Sneak Peak Into A Microfactory
The timeline of the process is dependent on the applicant. We manage the process at your pace, but choose partners that are on the same page in terms of motivation, urgency to create positive impact on the environment and have a location in mind when signing an agreement with us. If you would like to get it done as quickly as possible, our local supplier relationships can support that globally, and if you want to take your time with each step we are happy to accommodate your opening within 12 months.
It’s important to us that you are comfortable in each step of opening your Location, feeling even more motivated to make a difference in your community. It can take as little as 3 months (North America) depending on how well both parties are prepared before entering an agreement.
The projected development cost is dependent on multiple variables and can have a wide range. We typically land between US$145,000 – $385,000 for an all-in cost, depending if you are building on top of an existing business or from the ground up in a new market.
The range of development cost is primarily due to the varying site conditions and square footage (such as from a 500 square foot Nanofactory retail space to a 3,500 square foot Microfactory location).
Locations that have previously been used as studios, commercial or light industrial units may have the necessary electrical infrastructure in place that can reduce your development costs significantly.
For a general breakdown of costs, please fill out an application and join us for a personalized info session.
The initial fee is US$65,000 plus applicable taxes, with an ongoing 6% royalty fee and a range of 2-3% for our global branding fund.
For detailed information on fees and our development structure for multi-unit partnerships, please get in touch with us for more information.
No, you don’t — our Microfactory owners come from a diverse set of backgrounds, but share a vision to make a positive impact in their local community, or diverse their existing product portfolio with tangible, sustainable solutions that are made locally. Your experience in trades or a production setting will be helpful as we scale with you.
As we scale globally, we seek partners who have a drive for success and a willingness to learn and follow our operating manuals. Our in-house experts with over 15 years of experience in manufacturing and product development will train you in all aspects of running a successful business.
From community building (market entry and partnership guidelines), administrative support in accounting, hiring and inventory management leading up to your grand opening day - all the way to the ongoing operational support after you start production, we are here every step of the way. We offer weekly check-in calls as well as a technology platform for instant communications.
A minimum of 7 days on-site training after equipment installation is provided by our training staff (technicians, production lead, business development) to make sure that you are well versed in running your own ChopValue Microfactory.
The number of community partners is entirely dependent on your very own definition of success: Typically, one of our locations will start their operations with a minimum 75 restaurant partners, which typically results in an estimated 300-450kg of chopsticks per week. In denser, larger populated areas, malls and food courts can provide a significant amount of additional chopsticks.
Our Microfactories are designed to process up to 100,000 chopsticks per day into end product, which does not consider improvements in efficiencies, additional machinery or other tools to work on your personalized economy of scale as we support your success.
We are looking for franchise partners across North America, specifically Area Developers in WA/OR, CA, TX, FL, and NY. Master Franchise Opportunities are available across Europe, and APAC.
For detailed information and the latest news on our global developments, please visit our Newsroom or get in touch with us for more information.
By being part of the global, decentralized ChopValue Manufacturing network, you will have access to all marketing materials, sales assets, photography and brand visuals that are in constant development by our team.
We are providing comprehensive guidance and training to help you create your localized marketing plan, and also share a library of sales enablement tools to help with your business development efforts. We treat you as an extension to our team, integrate you into our CRM to support you in your deal flow and mirror our success plan to your local market needs.
Without promising business performance expectations, one of the biggest advantages of being part of our distributed manufacturing network is your active role in our order distribution system. From time to time, your Microfactory is serving as a manufacturing arm for our national and international clients that have already established relationships with ChopValue HQ - our motivation: as we scale, our network scales.
At the beginning of your journey with us, you are required to hire 1 Production Lead, 1 Community Builder, and 1 Business Manager (either yourself, or someone that is our key contact for all day to day). All people you identify as key people in your business will receive the initial and ongoing training from us directly.
A single-shift Microfactory site employs on average 5-7 staff, but you can hire your team as your growth demands.
Once we meet you over an exploration call, qualified partners will be forwarded our FDD.
The FDD, along with our due diligence package, will help you to understand the ChopValue concept and develop your own market entry plan.
This website and the franchise sales information on this site do not constitute an offer to sell a franchise. The offer of a franchise can only be made through the delivery of a franchise disclosure document. Certain states require that we register the franchise disclosure document in those states. The communications on this web site are not directed by us to the residents of any of those states. Moreover, we will not offer or sell franchises in those states until we have registered the franchise (or obtained an applicable exemption from registration) and delivered the franchise disclosure document to the prospective franchisee in compliance with applicable law.