Bamboo chopsticks – Flagship product of the Asian market invented at the end of the 19th century, 45 billion disposable chopsticks are used annually in China which constitutes a significant environmental problem. Did you know? The considerable production of these disposable chopsticks requires the use of 1.7 million cubic meters of wood per year. In 2008, the central government decided to implement a 5% tax on disposable chopsticks to stem waste.
This waste costs the felling of 25 million trees and bamboos. The chopsticks are traditionally made of bamboo, but there are also some in jade, or in ivory. In Seoul, restaurants offer stainless steel chopsticks, rewashed and kept in sterile ultraviolet cabinets. An emperor fearing murder forbids forks and knives It is said that the Chinese would have previously use knives and forks for food. But that the emperor of that time, fearing his assassination, had banned these utensils.
Unable to eat with their fingers, the Chinese invented the chopsticks using two bamboo sticks. To avoid getting burned during cooking In ancient times, the Chinese who used to cook used a bamboo branch broken in half to take food still boiling, without risking burning. The bamboo sticks would then have evolved in form and material to increase efficiency and convenience.