Chopsticks Tax Coming to China?

chopsticks2.jpgI’ve mentioned before that I hold Chinese restaurants in much higher regard if they provide real chopsticks instead of those disposable ones which make you feel like you’re eating chalk. China goes through an inconcievable 45 billion pairs of chopsticks a year resulting in major deforestation and the diversion of bamboo resources that would probably be much better spent elsewhere.
As a result, the Chinese government will place a 5% tax on the sale of disposable wooden chopsticks in an effort to encourage the use of durable ones. Whether it has any effect remains to be seen! BBC article here.

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Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

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