Sunday, February 10, 2008
B.Y.O.C. The Chopstick Dilemma
If it isn’t difficult enough to learn to use chopstick if your daily eating tools are a fork and knife, now comes the possibility of being accused of damaging the environment by using disposable chopsticks. According to the February 8 edition of the Wall St. Journal (www.wsj.com) activists in China are protesting the use of these common chopsticks claiming their manufacture and use causes environmental damage. The chopstick Industry, employing about 100,000 and manufacturing approximately 63 billion pair annually aim say their claims are inaccurate and focus on the jobs created. Once considered a practical tool, insuring that the chopsticks one used were clean and safe for some they are now a symbol of casual waste.
In response to the debate an industrial designer has created a pair of collapsible, portable chopsticks. B.Y.O. C. - Bring Your Own Chopsticks.
What will come next as the debate continues? No matter whether you consider disposable chopsticks a health conscious convenient tool, or a wasteful habit destroying forests, if you’re heading to China you’ll still need to master the art of eating with these simple tools. BYOC?