Chopsticks / Deforestation

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2-20-08: Bring Your Own Chopsticks to China

Environmentalists in China have a message to Olympic-goers in Beijing: Bring your own chopsticks. Some environmentalists say that disposable wooden chopsticks are contributing to deforestation. China's government has recently slapped a tax on disposable chopsticks and urged restaurants not to use them.

2-08-08: Banned in Beijing: Chinese See Green Over Chopsticks

BEIJING -- A dozen environmental activists stormed the cafeteria of Microsoft Corp.'s Chinese headquarters on a lunchtime mission to change the way 1.3 billion people pick up their noodles. As startled diners looked up from their pork fried rice, Cao Yu, a 26-year-old activist dressed as an endangered orangutan spoke passionately about the ecological perils of China's most common eating utensil.

2-01-08: Disposable Chopstick Imports to be Tested

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection will sample disposable chopstick imports starting today to ensure they do not contain excessive traces of potentially harmful chemicals, officials said yesterday.

10-19-2007: Beijing Industry Associations Jointly Refuse Disposable Chopsticks
10-12-2007: 300 Beijing Hotels Reject Disposable Chopstick

More than 300 hotels in Beijing have joined in a significant campaign called "Preserve Forests and Say No to Disposable Chopsticks" jointly launched by Greenpeace and several domestic consumer websites to stop the use of the disposable chopsticks.

9-21-07: TSU urges ban on China chopsticks

The opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union urged the government on Thursday not to allow imports of disposable chopsticks from China because of safety concerns. The party said that Chinese disposable chopsticks contain hazardous substances such as lead, fluorescent material and sulfur dioxide which pose a health risk to consumers. Party officials also demonstrated at the press conference that Chinese chopsticks emit a pungent acidic odor after being placed in hot water for a few seconds.

7-31-06: Japanese Find Rising Costs of Chinese Chopsticks Hard to Swallow

It has been four months since China imposed a tax on wooden chopsticks because of concerns about deforestation. That and rising production costs prompted Chinese exporters to raise chopstick prices by about 30 percent...

6-03-06: Chopstick Tussle Adds Bite to Orient's Diplomatic Spat

The diplomatic wrangling between Beijing and Tokyo has spilt on to dinner tables, forcing Japanese to contemplate the unthinkable: eating their food the way China wants them to...

4-4-06: Tax On Chopsticks Shows Environmental Concern

A new five percent tax on disposable wooden chopsticks is a sure sign that the Chinese government is now ready to address growing charges that its rapid economic development is impacting the global environment.


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