Environmentally friendly travel: Carry your own chopsticks
The issue of disposable chopsticks became a huge topic of discussion in “green” circles leading up to the 2008 Summer Olympic games in Beijing. Environmentalists and their media cheerleaders in countries such as China, Taiwan and Japan pushed restaurants to stop providing disposable chopsticks for their clients to reduce waste.
Many restaurants in Taipei and other large Asian cities have stopped offering chopsticks or utensils of any kind in an effort to “reduce their carbon footprint.” What is a hungry traveler supposed to do when faced with a steaming hot bowl of udon? Eat it with your fingers?
The Boy Scouts motto is, “Always be prepared.” So be prepared for your next trip to Asia by carrying your own chopsticks. You can find many different styles on the internet on sites such as eBay, Etsy, YesAsia, etc. The most environmentally friendly kind are made of bamboo, which are strong enough to be reusable but are made from a fast-growing plant and are biodegradable when they no longer serve their purpose.