China Chopsticks Tax

Chopsticks TrashChina is going to tax the chopstick.

According to the Dutch radio

5% will be levied on wooden chopsticks from next month.

Yearly about 1,3 miljoen m3 wood is used to produce 15 billion (pairs of) chopsticks.

A couple of years ago, 2001 to be exact, the number according to the Washington Times was

45 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks every year, cutting down as many as 25 million trees in the process, according to government statistics.

Update: Dutch people can’t count. The BBC also mentions 45 Billion.

I can hardly imagine that in 5 years the number of chopsticks has decreased. It’s also a difference of 11.5 versus 34.6 pairs of chopsticks per person per year so I’ll go with the Americans eventhough the number seems still rather low.

I like the tax and I am curious how much effect it will sort.

Here some tips on how to use chopsticks.
How To Use Chopsticks

Sources Articles: China’s Chopsticks Crusade 2001, NOS Dutch, 45 Billion Chopsticks

Sources Photos: Chopstick pic from boilthechicken

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