Are Metal Chopsticks the Best Cutlery? Barry
Are Metal Chopsticks the Best Cutlery?
Are Metal Chopsticks the Best Cutlery for Oriental Dining?
Metal chopsticks could just be the best cutlery for oriental dining.
Chopsticks made from metals are becoming more commonplace as a substitute for wooden ones. What has this to do with green living? Are such chopsticks more sustainable and do they make the best cutlery for an authentic oriental dining experience?
This page looks at some of the best options for chopsticks, including metal chopsticks and the new titanium "Tistix".
Wonderful oriental cuisine and disposable chopsticks
Sushi is ever more popular
Picture: Sushi! by seiho.
Thai, Chinese and Japanese foods are now more popular than ever. World-wide travel and international culinary shows have given us all a taste for oriental cuisine - and some of the cultural trappings, such as the use of chopsticks,too.
Now an unlikely-sounding environmental threat is becoming apparent, linked to our love of Asian cuisine.
Disposable chopsticks are usually used for consuming many oriental foods and, although they are biodegradable, they arent exactly environmentally friendly.
An unbelievable estimated 25 million trees in China alone are being cut down to supply just chopsticks - 45 billion of them a year. They are often used once and then thrown away. Now the Chinese government China is taxing disposable chopsticks in a bid to cut down waste. Instead, Chinese diners are being encouraged to use metal chopsticks. This will help prevent extensive deforestation in China and the pollution that goes with such industrial-level destruction.
Some environmentalists even reckon that chopstick waste is as bad as that posed by plastic bags! Certainly, the problem is a global one as increasingly large numbers of chopsticks are exported from China every year. An incredible 165,000 metric tonnes of chopsticks are used worldwide each year.
So what are the best cutlery options for green-loving chop suey eaters - and others who love oriental foods?
Best cutlery options
Plastic chopsticks might seem like a good idea - but in practice these are not usually highly valued and usually end up in the garbage. They also have a limited lifespan. If they fracture while you are eating with them, they could even prove hazardous. If you try to reuse them, some such chopsticks will not last the pace and will become increasingly brittle with age. Some may be made from low-grade plastics.
Metal chopsticks which can be reused over and over again are one answer.
Steel chopsticks have been available for a while but they are not perfect. They can be prone to "spotting" and they are quite heavy. Some steel chopsticks may even impart metallic flavours to the food, which no foodie is ever going to tolerate!