Friday, May 23, 2008
Last night two of my colleagues and I grabbed some dinner after working late.
We went to a barbecue place that serves mostly skewers of meat, vegetables, and fish. There are also bowls of noodles, rice, and salads.
The place has almost been open for almost a year, but the place settings were different.
Instead of disposable wooden chopsticks, we were each given a self-contained set of a plate, glass, bowl, spoon and teacup. Reusable chopsticks were passed out.
One of my colleagues said she was annoyed about the sanitary packaging.
"We have to pay extra for this, even though a restaurant should be giving us clean plates and glasses anyway," she explained.
Although it's a few yuan, it is the principle.
Restaurateurs probably think if you can afford to dine at their eatery, a few yuan for clean plates and bowls is nothing.
I have to agree with her though. And the plastic packaging is just adding more garbage to the environment. Will the government consider a ban on plastic packaging for clean dishes?