Americans are catching on to the “B.Y.O.S.” trend that’s growing in popularity in Asia. The B.Y.O.S. (Bring Your Own Sticks) movement has taken off over the past few years after statistics showed the massive forest devastation caused by disposable chopstick production. The Chinese government estimated that China cuts down 25 million trees a year to make 45 billion chopsticks, all of which are eventually thrown away! This has prompted a crusade against the use of disposable chopsticks in restaurants. By bringing their own reusable chopsticks to Asian themed restaurants, BYOS participants have saved millions of trees.
This kind of deforestation has had a big impact on the panda bear population in China as 50% of their forest habitat was lost from 1974 through 1989 alone. To combat this vast deforestation, Earthshare’s member organization WWF China is working to conserve 14% of forested land and the biodiversity it supports. WWF conducts many conservation programs in China, addressing issues including climate change and the availability of fresh water.
Another way you can help? BYOS, of course!
There are many types of reusable chopsticks on the market. Pick the ones that suit your style, whether they’re made of glass, plastic, or finished wood.
Alternate Uses for Chopsticks
Besides bringing your own pair of chopsticks to restaurants, you can actually recycle your old sticks!
Do you have another idea for repurposing old chopsticks? Let us know!
Other Quick Uses
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