Gallery: China Produces 80 Billion Disposable Chopsticks Per Year, Putt...


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For those that aren’t very deft at handling chopsticks, now there’s a good reason to opt for the reusable fork instead. In the latest news of ecological disaster in China, the country’s taste for disposable wooden chopsticks is threatening its forests. China uses an astounding 80 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks per year to feed more than 1.3 billion people. The country chops down 20 million mature trees annually to fuel the habit, and China’s forestry leaders have acknowledged that it will have to transition to a different type of cutlery.

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  1. Ali Van March 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    china.. still ruining the world

  2. Urbane_Gorilla March 13, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    2012 Headline: A chopstick shortage is growing in the Far East, prompting a U.S. company in Georgia to start exporting millions to the country. Georgia Chopsticks is producing an incredible two million sets of the utensils every day, reported the Daily Telegraph.

    Oddly, I always thought chopsticks were made of bamboo, which can grow several inches per day….Huh.

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