So here's a sticky situation. 90,000 tonnes of wood is wasted every year in Japan, strictly from disposable chopsticks. Researchers estimate about 200 pairs of chopsticks per person living in Japan. A lot of Westerns might say, "Get with the times and use a fork," but the Japanese aren't going to sway from tradition and preference. However, they are looking at ways to reduce their global footprint when it comes to their food utensils.
Implications - Ministry officials are claiming the farm industries hope to support local businesses and governments in their attempts to recycle disposable chopsticks as fuel or ethanol. The aim behind this project is to raise public awareness and promote the conservation of resources.