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90 billion chopsticks

That is the number of disposable chopsticks the population of China went through last year. Quite a few then.

However, the secretary general of the China Cuisine Association has called upon the public to "abandon the use of disposable chopsticks for the good of their health and the environment". Source.

Now everything I have seen suggests that bamboo is the raw material used to produce disposable chopsticks, so I am a little curious that the debate is being framed in terms of "a cost to the environment of about 25 million trees".

Moreover, "Both restaurant owners and consumers prefer them, their supporters say, and an industry has grown up around their manufacture".

They'll be installing a Starbucks inside the Forbidden City next. Well, actually they already have .

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Anonymous nomad said... 11:24 am

I thought I saw an article a while back to the effect that Starbucks had in fact been kicked out of the Forbidden City? Don't think I was dreaming.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 11:47 am

Whoops. You are right.  



Blogger Graf von Straf Hindenburg said... 7:18 pm

And wasn't it stationed just outside anyway?  



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