I got a disposable chopstick report named Chinese told they must swap chopsticks for knives and forks to stop destroying forests from the Daily Mail(UK) website some times ago.
It worried about the disposable chopstick using in China because the chopstick cost a huge wood that comes from the forests.
There are some words from the Daily Mail(UK) report below:
And in 2011, a British campaign group warned that China was importing 180million cubic meters of timber every year to feed its runaway economic development.
The activists claimed that 10 per cent of the country’s wood imports came from illegal sources, and concluded that ‘the fate of much of the world’s natural forests is in China’s hands’.
And here is a video during the report.
Maybe you can search the report name on Google and watch the video on Daily Mail website if you are interest.
In fact, most people have a very big misunderstand of the bamboo disposable chopstick and believe it’s destroying our forests.
So was I.
However my belief changed after I plunge into the bamboo industry.
There is a article below
Please read it and I promise you will got same belief with me.
Why Bamboo ?
By now, nearly everyone knows that we are depleting the natural resources of the only home that we have at a rate that is well past sustainable. To some extent, we have become inured to alarming reports and ominous warnings about our wasteful ways. Media outlets yammer away about Overpopulation, Global Warming and Deforestation and these reports either fatigue or motivate us to make necessary changes in our lives.
Occasionally, a development comes along that provides some optimism about our prospects for making positive changes in our living habits. One such development is the emergence of new uses for a species of grass that has been around far longer than we have. Bamboo has been used for everything from food to bridge building for millennia but consumers and manufacturers are taking a fresh look at all that this amazing plant has to offer. Here are the top ten ways that bamboo will save the planet.
Top Ten Reasons Why Bamboo can Save the forests.
- Bamboo grows in a variety of conditions. Bamboo can grow in arid regions where droughts cause other crops to fail and since the roots are left in place after harvesting, it helps to preserve vital moisture in the soil. From low wetlands to higher elevations in the mountains, bamboo thrives in a wide range of climates.
- Economic development. In less developed countries where unemployment leads to civil unrest, bamboo production and the manufacturing of bamboo products provides job opportunities in areas that desperately need social and economic stability.
- Soil protection. Once hardwood forests are clear-cut and the stumps are burned to provide fertilizer and space for growing crops, erosion inevitably occurs as the topsoil and nutrients are washed away by rainfall. The eroded soil then clogs rivers and streams and affects the lives of people and animals living downstream. Bamboo roots remain in place after harvesting where they prevent erosion and help retain nutrients for the next crop.
- No fertilizer, pesticides, or herbicides needed.Unlike most cash crops, bamboo requires no agricultural chemicals to thrive. Unlike cotton, which is one of the most intensely sprayed crops in the world and rapidly depletes the nutrients in the soil, bamboo sequesters nitrogen and cultivation does not add chemicals to the environment.
- Versatility. Bamboo can replace the use of wood for nearly every application. Paper flooring, furniture, charcoal, building materials, and much more can be made from bamboo. What’s more, bamboo fibers are far stronger than wood fibers and much less likely to warp from changing atmospheric conditions.
- Very little waste. After harvesting, virtually every part of the plant is used to make a wide variety of products. From soil-enriching mulch to beautiful furniture to chopsticks, every part of the plant can be utilized.
- Amazing growth rate. Some species of bamboo grow more than three feet each day! No plant on the planet features a faster growth rate. When it is harvested, it will grow a new shoot from its extensive root system with no need for additional planting or cultivation.
- Absorbs greenhouse gases. Bamboo absorbs carbon dioxide and releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than an equivalent stand of hardwood trees.
- Renewable resource. Depending on the species, bamboo can be harvested in one to five years. Hardwoods like oak take at least forty years to mature before they can be harvested. Almost 1 million acres of forests are lost each week worldwide to deforestation. Bamboo’s versatility as a substitute for hardwoods offers a chance to drastically reduce that figure and protect the forests that we have left.
- Optimism and cultural cooperation. In a fractious world where wars are fought over resources, the increasing popularity of bamboo products provides an opportunity for diverse cultures to settle their difference through trade and cooperation that benefits everyone.
Can bamboo save the planet? The answer to that question remains to be seen. But this amazing plant and its surging popularity in a huge variety of products offers mankind a chance to enjoy many of the comforts of modern life without causing irreparable damage to our environment.
As a bamboo products supplier, we can read the Daily Mail(UK) video that the disposable chopstick is bamboo material easily from the chopstick style.
So,we using bamboo material disposable chopstick to make a CHOPSTICK TREE and told the people to stop use wooden chopstick to protect the forest?
We are censuring the environmental bamboo material to protect the forests now !
Bamboo is a hero to protect our forests!
I think the Daily Mail(UK) should delete this and issue a report to popularize the disposable BAMBOO chopstick.
Because it’s safe, clean and really environmental to protect our forests!
Low-carbon green life style is more and more popular. How to have a low-carbon lifestyle? Disposable eco-friendly bamboo material tableware is one of the good choice.