Now that I think of it, Little Saigon restaurants are much better at offering plastic, reusable chopsticks than local Korean and Chinese eateries. I've never noticed a quantitative difference between those and fresh chopsticks--if anything, the reusable ones never kept stray splinters. And now that I think of it, new chopsticks are almost inevitably of wood, which means we're cutting down trees, which means deforestation, which means economic devastation--which means Greenpeace is all over it in China.
Ad Age has the scoop and pictures of trees constructed from 23 billion wooden chopsticks put outside a Beijing shopping mall, a minor miracle in itself considering the notoriously censorious Chinese government. The campaign is going well, by all accounts, and will travel around the city for the next couple of months.
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Then again, plastic is much better at destroying the environment than chopping down trees--and if you don't believe me, read "Moby-Duck," one of the most terrifying--and brilliant--journalism stories ever published in American letters.