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Introduction Today if you travel to Southeast Asian countries such as Japan Korea Vietnam and China you will notice that most of the people are using chopsticks as their common utensils Chopsticks are two sticks of wood usually 20 cm long that both sticks are moved together in your hand as you pick up a morsel The Chinese were the inventors of chopsticks The chopstick manufactures tried to create various form of chopsticks in order to attract consumers Disposable chopsticks were a new and well-designed product in the early 1980s in China They became popular overnight in every restaurant and exported overseas at that time Restaurants cannot operate without them and consumers cannot stop using them However this kind of chopsticks is made of wood and people chopped down many trees to produce them Therefore the disposable chopsticks should be banned in China though the chopsticks industry made a large amounts of benefits for the Chinese This essay will present the reasons why the government should ban disposable chopsticks and will suggest some efficient ways to solve this problem Firstly I will introduce some brief background about chopsticks follow by the discussion of the environmental problems caused by disposable chopsticks And then peoples behaviors toward the disposable chopsticks will be presented In the last section this essay will give some suggestion on how to control the problem Historical background Chopstick is a pair of slender sticks used as eating utensils chiefly in the Orient Usually eight to ten inches long and rectangular with a blunt end chopstick was invented in Shang dynasty around 1500 BC and had spread from China to Vietnam Korea and Japan Whitaker 2001 A03 it has more than 3000 years history Li 2001 1 China is the main producer consumer and exporter of wood chopsticks in the world Li 2001 1 Traditionally chopsticks have been made of different materials Bamboo was the most popular material because it
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