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Hotels in Shanghai will no longer automatically provide disposable daily necessities such as toothbrush, comb and shaver f
rom July 1 as a regulation on household waste will come into effect in the city on the day, People’s Daily reported.
Around 4.8 billion guests booked into 440,000 hotels in China in 2017, as per data. More than 70 percent o
f soaps are thrown away after being used once, a survey shows. Calculated by weight, each hotel t
hrows away 2.5 kg disposable soaps every day and 440,000 hotels would throw away more than 400,000 tons
of soaps every year. If each ton of soaps costs 20,000 yuan, that would be 8 billion yuan worth of soap.
Apart from soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, shampoo and bath foam are often discarded
after one-time use. It’s not only a waste of money, but also a burden for environment as many articles are non-degradable.
On a warm spring afternoon, 28-year-old Ye Xiaoxian keeps her eyes glued to her comp
uter screen as she chats with female co-workers in an office in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.
Her concentration is only broken when a colleague offers a plate of snacks.
“I’ve already eaten a chicken drumstick, three pieces of turkey bacon, a handful of potato chips, half a bowl of white rice and som
e walnuts. My thighs will swell if I eat these snacks,” Ye said, reluctantly pushing the plate away.
Her colleague, pinching Ye lightly on the forearm, replied: “Come on, you are not fat at all. I am the elephant in the room.”
But Ye, popping a slice of pineapple into her mouth, responded, “No, I don’t e
ven feel like eating dinner tonight and I really should renew my gym membership.”
China this time. The future of China and Asia is closely related to the Arctic and I’m delighted to see China actively participating i
n Arctic-related dialogues and collaborations with a constructive attitude,” said Grimsson, president of the forum.
Around 500 ambassadors, scholars and entrEditor’s note: Many Chines
e moms tend to get angry when helping their kids do homework. So stressed out are some mom
s that one suffered a heart attack and ended up in a hospital last year. Why do Chinese mothers get so tense when it comes
to their kids’ education, and what should be done to ease their nerves? With Mothers’ Day just a day away, two experts share thei
r views on the issue with China Daily’s Yao Yuxin. Excerpts follow:epreneurs from home and abroad as well as representatives of Arctic indi
genous organizations participated in the forum, which runs through Saturday. Topics included “Polar Silk Road”, sci
ence and innovation, transportation and investment, sustainable development, ocean, energy and governance.