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Going to Bat for the Environment

Hyogoo Uratani isn’t letting broken baseball bats go to waste after baseball season is through—he’s turning them into chopsticks at his manufacturing company, Hyozaemon. One broken bat can yield four or five sets of chopsticks, and money from their sale is donated to pay for the reforestation of aodamo trees. Bats made out of the strong, lightweight wood from aodamo trees are becoming rare as the supply of these trees is being depleted. By recycling the bats, Uratani is helping to replenish a precious natural resource and making it possible for future generations of players to swing for the fences.

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