It seems like these days, everything that we own is imported from China, the infamous “Made in China” comes of no surprise to anyone on any product these days. However, there’s a company in the USA that appears to be reversing this trend.
With China being the biggest user of chopsticks, the demand for chopsticks is, unsurprisingly, very high. Now, maybe here in the UK, people are used to the chopsticks that we see in Chinese restaurants, made of the plastic-like material. However, wooden chopsticks are the most common type of chopsticks across China, and in fact the whole of Asia. From my experience of when I’ve been in Asian countries such as the likes of China, Malaysia and Taiwan, wooden disposable chopsticks are given out just like plastic forks or spoons are given out here when having take aways.
Nevertheless, you may expect China, with their low labour costs (that are ever so famous) to be a better supplier of chopsticks rather than some American company. However, there’s another crucial part in the production of chopsticks, the wood. The poplar tree, which is in plentiful in Georgia, is the perfect wood for chopsticks for various reasons; the wood is not too hard and not too soft, does not require bleaching due to the perfect colour. Georgia Chopsticks is currently producing at 2 million chopsticks a day (wow!), but on the other hand, with China using disposable chopsticks at a high rate daily, Georgia Chopsticks are planning to import machinery that will allow them to produce at 10 million a day. (even more wow!)
More can be found on the news article here.