Monday, December 11, 2006

'Children's Summit for Disposable Wooden Chopstick'

'Children's Summit for Disposable Wooden Chopstick' Held in Home of
Japanese Noodles

The First Kodomo Waribashi Summit in Kagawa, a children's meeting for recycling wooden chopsticks, was held on August 27, 2006 in Takamatsu,Kagawa Prefecture, western Japan. The event attracted about 2,000 people.

Under the theme "Let's start recycling wood from forests in our daily lives," the Green Consumers Takamatsu, a Japanese non-profit organization,proposed and hosted the event as an NPO collaboration project with the Kagawa Prefectural government. The event was also supported by other organizations involved in chopstick recycling and green consumer activities.

Kagawa Prefecture is the home of Sanuki Udon, a famous Japanese noodle brand, and large numbers of disposable wooden chopsticks are being consumed.

The event aims to encourage local citizens to pay more attention to recycling disposable wooden chopsticks as well as working on local environmental problems, with the aim of creating a recycling-based society in local communities.

At the event, Mr. Tetsuro Mukai, an activist in the disposable chopstick recycling movement since 1994, gave a lecture and local children had a discussion about the recycling of disposable chopsticks. Children also gained hands-on experience of the methods used to recycle disposable wooden chopsticks, including traditional papermaking using chopsticks as a fiber ingredient, pictorial letter cards drawn with chopstick brushes, and chopstick crafts such as toy guns and decorative articles. The entry fee of the event was six pairs of used disposable chopsticks.



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