My friend Ellie carries her own chopsticks with her wherever she goes so that she doesn’t have to use disposable chopsticks at restaurants. Each year, 25 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks (waribashi) are used in Japan. That’s 200 pairs per person. There are a few recycling programs, but most used waribashi get thrown into the garbage. What a waste.
Ellie carries her “My Hashi ” in her purse, protected in a roll of fabric. She’d like to make a few of these as gifts, but wasn’t sure how to do it. So we sat down over a cocktail and I reverse-engineered the design. It’s really simple and clever.
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