Each year 20 million trees are cut down to make 80 billion pairs of chopsticks. Chop Swap is working to educate people that living trees are better than wooden waste. We attended the West End Farmer’s Market in the summer and fall of 2021 to connect with local residents about refusing single-use chopsticks. Many people stopped by to chat and to drop-off their collections of disposable chopsticks. A common story we heard was that many restaurants provide chopsticks and other single-use items even when they are specifically asked not to. To incentivize people to refuse disposable chopsticks we swapped reusable chopsticks for the single-use ones they dropped off. Over the course of the summer and fall we swapped hundreds of pairs of chopsticks and look forward to swapping many more in 2022.
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