How do you feel about the environmental impact of using disposable chopsticks?
- I don’t believe it’s a problem at all.
- I believe it is a problem but I don’t feel like doing anything about it.
- I believe it’s a problem and that’s why I bring my own chopsticks with me instead of using disposables.
- I’ve been feeling guilty and intend to use reusables more in the future.
- The issue never occurred to me (never heard of it) before, but now that you mention it I intend to use reusables more.
Where I lived back home, lots of people biked instead of driving, packed their groceries into a reusable bag and had the motto “reduce, reuse, recycle” committed to memory. It was also well known in such circles that the use of disposable chopsticks is seriously deforesting the earth and any decent person should use reusable chopsticks. . . or at least tell other people they should. That was widely known. So I’m a little surprised that no one has mentioned the subject on forumosa.
Were you aware of these types of stories:
[quote]It was only in the mid-1980s that disposable chopsticks, mass- produced from birch or poplar, appeared in China, long after Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong had begun using them. The Chinese government promoted their use to fight communicable disease and, at one point, required restaurants in various cities to use them.
The chopsticks gained in popularity as market reforms fueled an economic boom in China. Higher incomes and busier lifestyles meant more people eating out, more restaurants – and more chopsticks. The reforms also spurred millions of peasants to move to the cities; these migrants often survive on take-out meals sold in Styrofoam boxes – each with a pair of one-time chopsticks.
China now produces and discards more than 45 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks every year, cutting down as many as 25 million trees in the process, according to government statistics. Another 15 billion pairs are exported to Japan, South Korea and other countries. At the current rate of timber use, environmentalists warn, China will consume its remaining forests in about a decade.[/quote]
[quote]Every second, a football field sized chunk of lush tropical rainforest is gone forever. Every year, we lose another 20 million acres. . .
The United States is the world’s number one importer of processed tropical timber. We see teak, mahogany, and other rainforest hardwoods almost every day in doors, tables, desks, bookshelves, disposable chopsticks, houses and sometimes even our paper. The developed world’s huge demand for exotic timber is wiping out tropical rainforests all over the world.[/quote]
How do you feel about disposable chopsticks?