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Chopsticks for Salamanders

Chopsticks For Salamanders (CFS) is a conservation initiative started in 2011 that promotes forest stewardship and salamander conservation. The goals of this program are:

  • To disseminate information about the production of disposable chopsticks

  • To increase awareness about salamander diversity in the United States

  • To raise money for salamander conservation, education and research




  • 3.8 million trees are felled each year to supply timber for the disposable chopsticks industry

  • The deforestation for the production of disposable chopsticks is an international problem and comes with the loss of critical animal habitat

  • Disposable chopsticks cost approximately two cents a pair for restaurants and reusable chopsticks cost around $1.17 a pair. However, reusable chopsticks have a life span of about 130 meals, making them cheaper in comparison.

  • In 2006, to combat massive deforestation in China, the “Bring Your own Chopsticks (BYOC)” movement was developed, helping raise public awareness and eventually galvanizing legislative action.

  • Disposable chopsticks are an unnecessary commodity that, much like plastic bags, have an environmental friendly counterpart.

Why Reuse Chopsticks?

Northern Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber ruber) by Matt Neff

How Can YOU help?

  • Bring your own chopsticks (BYOC) when dining out

  • Talk to your local restaurants owners about changing over to reusable or washable chopsticks

  • Support Chopsticks For Salamanders by spreading the word and purchasing your own pair of reusable chopsticks today!

Yonahlossee Salamander (Plethodon yonahlossee) by Matt Neff

  • Salamanders are the most abundant vertebrate in many forest floor ecosystems and consume vast amounts of insects and other invertebrates

  • Salamanders are indicators of environmental health and help scientists better mitigate threats facing ecosystems

  • The Appalachian Mountains range from Canada to Alabama and are home to the highest diversity of Salamanders in the world.

  • Appalachia is currently threated by mountain top removal, encroaching development, pollution and intensive logging.

Why Save Salamanders?

Seal Salamander (Desmognathus monticola) by Matt Neff

All proceeds benefit salamander conservation through an annual grant. For information on projects funded by CFS please see our Grants page. To donate please visit our Salamander Fund page.

This project is supported by these founding AAZK chapters:
This project is also supported by these contributing organizations:


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