160 billion disposable chopsticks account for 20 million trees every year

And that’s just in China:

A Chinese legislator who heads a forestry company has urged the country to save more trees by reducing the 80 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks it makes each year, state media say.

“We must change our consumption habits and encourage people to carry their own tableware,”Bo Guangxin, the chairman of Jilin Forestry Industry Group, was quoted as telling fellow delegates at the country’s annual parliament session on Friday.

China’s chopstick production amounted to 20 million 20-year-old trees, enough to fill Tiananmen Square with 360 layers of the single-use utensil, the Xinhua state news agency cited him as saying.

It seems that our forestry industry has plenty of opportunity to improve their exports to China

China is the world’s largest consumer and importer of wood, and imposed a five percent tax on disposable chopsticks and wooden floor panels in 2006 in an effort to reduce timber wastage.

The country’s demand for foreign wood had tripled since 2000 to reach 180 million cubic metres in 2011…  the growing appetite for timber — with at least one-tenth of supplies coming from illegal sources — meant that “the fate of much of the world’s natural forests is in China’s hands”.

Perhaps there is an opportunity for value-added exports?

Alibaba screenshot

Alibaba screenshot

It appears to me that whatever we could produce would be like a drop of water on a hotplate to the Chinese, but that doesn’t mean we can’t add some value to our exports instead of shipping raw logs over.

 

Source: Times of India, NBC News


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