Kontroversi Di Balik ‘Disposable’ Sumpit

Seorang teman mengirimkan email tentang kontroversi seputar sumpit sekali pakai (disposable chopsticks) yang isinya mirip seperti yang saya lampirkan di bawah. Intinya mengingatkan bahwa sumpit yang biasa kita gunakan belum tentu higinis. Dari sisi lingkungan, industri sumpit ternyata turut andil dalam proses kerusakan hutan.

Saya sendiri belum sempat mengecek kebenaran berita ini, tapi dari hasil blogwalking ternyata kabar ini sudah lama beredar mungkin dua atau tiga bulan lalu. Pemerintah Vietnam sendiri sebetulnya sudah menetapkan aturan mengenai industri pembuatan sumpit yang harus memenuhi standar higinitas dan melarang penggunaan bahan-bahan berbahaya. Tapi ya namanya juga usaha, seperti kebanyakan kasus-kasus yang terjadi negara berkembang lainnya, kadang-kadang aturan yang sudah dibuat diabaikan begitu saja demi meraup keuntungan semata. Masih ingat dengan formalin dan boraks atau zat warna tekstil yang digunakan pada makanan? This is just similar to that case.

Dan mengenai kerusakan yang diakibatkan oleh industri sumpit sekali pakai, fakta ini memang tidak bisa dibantah bahkan banyak pemerhati lingkungan yang menyerukan gerakan satu orang satu sumpit sehingga tidak ada lagi sumpit-sumpit yang terbuang dan sekaligus menekan industri sumpit yang rakus bahan baku kayu atau bambu.

Pilihan ada pada kita, mo percaya atau tidak, tapi setidaknya wacana ini bisa membuat kita lebih aware terhadap barang-barang yang kita gunakan dan kondisi lingkungan sekitar kita.

SCARY STORY OF DISPOSABLE CHOPSTICKS

You have been using disposable chopsticks but do you know how and what is these chopstick are made of?

Lemme tell you …


Some disposable chopstick (especially the cheap ones) are made from bamboo trees


This is a photo of Disposable chopstick production in central Vietnam


These pre-formed chopstick is then bleach using sulfur & Hydrogen Peroxide (Not disinfect)


After the bleaching process they are left to dry in the sun.


Dried disposable chopsticks will then be bundled up and ready to ship to countries like China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia or even Japan.


It takes 1 mth from Ex-factory to Taiwan. Meantime, the chopstick is exposed to rat & cockroach. (I doubt the rat and cockroaches part, this is due to the fact that each container that contains wood stuffs would need to be fumigated before it would be allowed to left any port. But then again, the chemicals from the fumigation is even more toxic! )

Wrapping process (withoutany disinfection), Upon arival in in the destinated countries, these chopstick are sent to small factory to be wrapped without any disinfection process b4 sending to restaurants.


There are thousand and million of monkeys residing inside these chopstick.

Can u see it?

Monkey face inside the chopstick

The leftover from the chemical would stay inside these holes until you use them.

Conclusion from the experiment done on these disposable chopsticks conducted by primary school student.

  1. Soak the chopstick in the water for one week – It stinks
  2. Planted green pea in the soaked water, resulted longer growing process, it stop growing when reach 5-6cm, & finally died.
  3. Smoke from burning these chopstick is tested to be acidic.

Conclusions :

  • Avoid using disposable chopstick which is very white (excessively bleached) as it is not the original colour of the wood. Chopstick that is too white may have been bleach excessively.
  • Advisable to soak in hot water b4 use to release carbon dioxide.
  • Best not to use these chopstick for bbq, and leave in the soup as it tend to release more carbon dioxide

Possible consequences of using disposable chopstick :

  1. Suffer difficult breathing, vomit, diarrhoea etc. and loss of calcium due to the existance of sulfur.
  2. Suffer Asthma attacks and breathing difficulties.
  3. Limpa blockage (…I think it means Lymph, lymphatic system that help blood circulation)

If you really have to use disposable chopsticks then ….

  • It is suggested to smell the chopstick b4 use. If any sour smell, possibly it contain CO2. And soak them in warm and hot water for 2 to 3 min to reduce the CO2.

But the best is still to switch back to conventional type of chopstick and stop using the disposable one other than the health benefits mentioned above there are also enviromental issues that we need to be aware of :

  • A 20-year old tree could produce 3000-4000 pairs of chopsticks.
  • Taiwanese use more than 100billion pairs annually, Which means 29 million of trees are being cut every year.

Disposable chopstick effect to our environment

 

As reported by reliable sources, it was found that the disposable chopstick are being recycle by reusing sulfur & Hydrogen Peroxide.

~ by giantrangkong on November 6, 2007.

One Response to “Kontroversi Di Balik ‘Disposable’ Sumpit”

  1. Is there any reported case of any person who’s hospitalised or die because of using this kind of chopsticks regularly?
    Or this is just one of Eco people campaigns?
    How about the effect on the people who work for the companies that make these products if suddenly every body in the world refuse to use them. Would they easily get another jobs to feed their family? I wonder….

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