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What's stopping the city's low-carbon footsteps-napkins

What's stopping the city's low-carbon footsteps-napkins

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What's stopping the city's low-carbon footsteps-napkins

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(Pre-editor: Starting today, EP Environmental Network will launch a series of reports "What is preventing the city's low-carbon footsteps." Although the advocacy of low-carbon life has long been familiar to Chinese people, it can actually be done from the little things in life. There are not many low-carbon people. This series of reports is to let everyone see how much of our behavior makes the word low-carbon still superficial.)
 
[EP Environmental Network Comprehensive Report] Recently, the news that an Ajisen ramen restaurant wants to charge for napkins has attracted a lot of attention. No matter what the original intention of the restaurant is, the napkin charges will inevitably lead to a reduction in the amount of napkins, and 1 ton less Napkins can save at least 17 big trees, which can be said to be a great support for low-carbon life. However, a recent survey conducted by the editor of EP Environmental Network found that, not to mention completely refusing to use napkins, it is difficult for people dining out to use a few less napkins. In the final analysis, it is not the question that the hotel does not provide, but the old saying: "It is difficult to change from extravagance to frugality."
 
Paid for napkins, diners "not used to it"
Yesterday, the editor of EP Environmental Network visited some stores of Ajisen Ramen. The waiter confirmed that only paid napkins were provided in the store. The free napkins were no longer available in the past. The editor noticed that some diners did dispel the idea of ​​asking for napkins after learning about the napkin charges. However, some diners complained that it is more common for mid-to-high-end restaurants to charge for napkins, but in fast-food chain restaurants, paying for napkins is “not very comfortable”.
During the visit in a small restaurant, a dinner said, let alone in the restaurant, he ordered the takeaway by himself. If he did not get the free napkins, it would be difficult for him to order this restaurant next time.

 
Customers who don’t have free napkins can’t visit the house
If there are more customers who are "unsuitable", will it lead to a decrease in passenger flow? For Ajisen ramen who dared to eat the first bite of crab, it will take a while to feel it. However, during my visits to many hotels and restaurants, I really felt that the use of napkins is a stubborn disease that is hard to get rid of. Except for high-end restaurants, popular restaurants provide free napkins. Some are a little delicate with plastic packaging, some are low-grade paper that looks rough, and some even throw a roll of inferior toilet paper on the dining table. Anyway, as long as you want to use it, there must be. It is really difficult to find a popular restaurant that does not provide free napkins.
The provision of free napkins in restaurants has been popular in China for at least 30 years. Once it appeared, it quickly spread in the catering industry and even became a service to attract customers. Some consumers told the editor: "It's like I don't like to go to restaurants without toilets. I don't like to go to restaurants that don't give me free napkins. It is inconvenient."
With the convenience of holding, using, and throwing at will, consumers quickly get used to it, and it is natural that it is difficult to return to the days without free napkins. So even if canceling the free napkins will save the hotel a lot of costs, hotel managers are afraid to cancel it easily. The owner of a small restaurant told the editor: "Even if the state has issued a death order, it will not be allowed to be free of charge, and it cannot be prohibited. At most, everyone secretly gives it. Enforcement personnel can't check it from house to house."

 
The supply of napkins hinders low-carbon handkerchiefs. It is a better choice to replace paper towels
The editor of EP Environmental Protection Network found a set of data published by the State Forestry Administration. my country's existing forest coverage rate is 20%, which is far below the world average of 30.8%. For every ton of paper produced, 17 10-year-old trees need to be cut down. my country’s annual per capita consumption of paper towels is 1.74 kg, which means that 10 million cubic meters of forest have been cut down.
In addition to the well-known impact of paper towels on the environment, the trees are cut down, as well as the energy and water resources consumed during the production process, and waste will be generated after being discarded. The carbon emissions generated are three times more than the new high-efficiency cold-air dryers.
In addition, in people's impression, paper towels made of recycled paper are more environmentally friendly. However, studies have found that in terms of carbon emissions and water consumption, recycled paper towels are almost the same as virgin wood pulp paper towels. Because the manufacturing of recycled paper involves waste paper collection, logistics, processing, etc., it is necessary to clean the dirt on the waste paper, and for the waste paper with printed patterns, the ink must be removed, and this process is prone to pollution.
Statistics show that if handkerchiefs are used instead of paper towels, if 10% of the country’s annual paper towels are replaced by handkerchiefs, it will reduce paper consumption by about 22,000 tons, save energy by 28,000 tons of standard coal, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 74,000 tons. Each person can reduce paper consumption by about 0.17 kilograms per year, save energy by 0.2 tons of standard coal, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 0.57 kilograms.
However, judging from the current situation, using these environmentally friendly figures to encourage people to abandon napkins has little effect.

 
Stone of Other Mountains
It is understood that although China's current annual production capacity of handkerchiefs is about 600 million, the annual export volume accounts for 450 million, leaving only more than 100 million for consumption by the Chinese people. Correspondingly, in developed countries in Europe and America, recyclable handkerchiefs have almost become a green symbol of national quality and ecological civilization, and the "handkerchief movement" has become a national consensus.
In European and American countries, handkerchiefs are a symbol of gentlemen and ladies. Many public figures are pioneers in advocating the use of handkerchiefs instead of paper towels. In Japan, people regard the use of paper towels as a shame, and carrying handkerchiefs with them has become a Japanese lifestyle. Most people bring a handkerchief even if they don't bring a wallet when they go out. (EP Environmental Protection Network: Deng Yanan)

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