My older brother traveled in Asia a lot when I was very young and he often brought back pretty chopsticks as gifts from his journeys. As a little girl, I wondered about the gifts' usefulness, but today I am happy to have plenty of "good" chopsticks to use at home instead of disposables:
Many of them are lacquered, which is slicker than plain wood and seems tougher to use. They're beautiful, though, and varied, with inlays of mother of pearl, playful bright stripes, or a sophisticated shiny black finish.
These are a few options (pictured above) if you're on the lookout for some special chopsticks instead of disposables:
- Handmade lacquered chopsticks at WindAndRain on Etsy, $15
- Color-tipped chopsticks from Mottainai, $15
- in stainless steel from Amazon, $12
- Set of black thread bamboo chopsticks at Mrs. Lin's Kitchen, $5
- Rainbow chopsticks set at MoMA, $30
Not only are reusable chopsticks a beautiful addition to the table and a pleasure to use, they are better for the environment. Disposables are actually a huge environmental burden when it comes to waste, deforestation, and toxins from manufacturing. Efforts to counteract their use have been put in place in China in the form of a special tax. Read more in this interesting article at The Washington Post.
(Images: as linked above)