A Demand for Chopsticks Is 1.3 Billion Pairs Daily: Chinese Forest Devastation
A demand for chopsticks is incredible in China. People need to use 450 billion pairs of chopsticks for dining a year. The demand for chopsticks is 130 million pairs a day. Using lots of chopsticks results that amount of natural resources in forest are consumed. Further, forest destruction results in aggravating disaster. For raising the rate of forest coverage Chinese government requested that manufacturers placed emphasis on recycling. Besides, folks launched an activity of carrying own chopsticks. However, results need time.
According to Greenpeace in China, cutting down 40 hectares of forest a day is able to make 45 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks used in China. 250 million trees are chopped down a year.
In order to raise domestic forest coverage area from 8% in 1949 to 13%, Chinese government requested that chopstick manufacturers implemented production, sales, and recycling works certainly.
Chinese folks launched a “Carrying Own Chopsticks Activity” in 2006 for coordination with government in conservation policy. IBM or Microsoft Company in China also encouraged people to carry chopsticks voluntarily for the meal. But the result was not obvious for past years. According to Los Angeles Times, Chinese government has begun to notice that chopsticks impact forest conservation.
Besides, destroying forest in China for past years caused soil erosion, droughts, floods, and disappearance of species. It might need to wait for customers’ willing to cooperate to use less chopsticks for extend forest area.
The resource from:Awakening News Networks