Selling Ice to Eskimos

A Georgia company that makes chopsticks is not only growing rapidly, but is exporting chopsticks to foreign countries.

Georgia Chopsticks is located in Americus, Georgia, just a couple of hours south of Atlanta. The owner, Jae Lee, said that his company is producing about two million chopsticks a day and is exporting them to China and Japan in huge numbers.

The poplar and gum trees that Lee uses in his chopsticks is popular with overseas and domestic consumers.

Imagine that – selling chopsticks .. to the Chinese.

  • On the one hand, I am glad to see that this Georgia company is growing, I hope that translates to more U.S. jobs. On the other hand, I don’t know a lot about the ‘gum trees’ but something doesn’t seem right about contributing to the deforestation of American trees to make chopsticks! I mean, I would rather see American trees used for American furniture. Why don’t Chinese/Japanese (and Chinese restaurants in the USA) utilize stainless steel/dishwasher safe chopsticks like the Korean’s do?

    My two cents