I always thought food tasted better from real utensils than the disposable take-out variety (I hope that doesn’t make me a food snob).
One of my pet peeves is when the disposable chopsticks doesn’t separate cleanly and the sticks are uneven or worse, I end up with one short stick and one long stick. Another pet peeve is when the edge on a plastic utensil has extra plastic that cuts the inside of my mouth when I eat.
For a while now, we bring our own non-disposable chopsticks and forks to restaurants that we know use disposable utensils. As rule, I carry a spork in my backpack, just in case.
I didn’t want have to carry a set of utensils (fork knife, and spoon). The spork is a good compromise. We’ve even brought our own Pyrex containers to carry home our take-out orders from some restaurants.
I recently learned about the “my hashi” movement where people are encouraged to use their own non-disposable chopsticks. Hashi is Japanese for chopsticks. The goal is to help the environment by reducing the use of disposable chopsticks. Now we have a reason to bring our own utensils without people looking at us strangely.
Here’s some statistics to consider: http://shanghaiist.com/2010/08/17/disturbing_statistics_about_disposa.php
The statistic about unhygienic conditions is scary. Where else is this a problem? I’m sure the problem is not only in China but other places as well.
We found these chopsticks at our Japanese warehouse membership store they were under two dollars each. We don’t really have to worry too much about them if they get lost.
My chopsticks are stainless steel. The Cat’s chopsticks are six-sided to prevent them from rolling.
Who knows, maybe the “butterfly effect” really can work.
Getting off of the soap box now.
By the way, Have a happy and safe Halloween.