While supplies last, we just received a shipment of beer glasses and chopsticks. The chopsticks are a new item and if you know anything about me you know that I am a bit of a “tree hugger” and love anything that lessens our impact on mother earth. Our hope is that you’ll keep a pair in your glove-box of your car and instead of using the disposable ones at your favorite Asian restaurant, that you use these high quality washable ones instead.
An excerpt from a 2011 New York Times Article Below. We’re now in 2019, so the problem has to be worse.
“Each year, the equivalent of 3.8 million trees go into the manufacture of about 57 billion disposable pairs of chopsticks in China, according to statistics from that nation’s national forest bureau. About 45 percent of disposable chopsticks are made from trees like cotton wood, birch, and spruce, while the remainder are made from bamboo. Half of the disposables are consumed within China. Of the other half, 77 percent is exported to Japan, 21 percent to South Korea and 2 percent to the United States. Chopsticks add to a plague of regional deforestation. According to a 2008 United Nations report, 10,800 square miles of Asian forest are disappearing each year, a trend that must be arrested to fight climate change, given the vital role trees play in absorbing carbon dioxide.”