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Chopsticks - Varieties and Origins, Part I

For people who didn’t grow up using them, chopsticks can be both fun and frustrating to use. When eating sushi, using chopsticks creates a more immersive, cultural dining experience. It can make a dinner out feel just a bit more special. On the other hand, if as a novice, you tackle a bowl of noodle soup with chopsticks, you may test your patience and end up resorting to using your soup spoon in creative ways. Nonetheless, chopsticks are used on daily basis by over a billion people worldwide. In this post we'll take a brief look at the origins and different varieties of chopsticks.  _____________________________________   Chopsticks are arguably the world’s oldest dining utensils. The basic idea of using two sticks...

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What makes Bamboo Green?

Well if you remember anything from high school biology, it’s the chlorophyll which is the key to converting the sunlight into chemical energy. Okay, but what makes it “green” as in environmentally friendly? To answer this you have you compare the woody material from bamboo with other comparable hard materials, like plastics or tree wood. In general, bamboo grows quickly, "like a weed" you could say, and bamboo canes can be harvested after several years. A pine tree typically needs a dozen or so years to grow and mature before it can be harvested, whereas hardwood trees, like oak trees, typically need dozens of years. Moreover, harvesting a cane of bamboo does not normally entail the death of the plant,...

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