U.S. company Georgia Chopsticks is exporting a large proportion of the 2 million chopsticks it makes each day to China following a wood shortage in that country. Georgia Chopsticks also exports its goods to Japan and Korea, with some of its inventory also remaining stateside.
"When I opened this business, the reaction from my friends and family was, 'are you crazy?'" said Jae Lee, the founder of Georgia Chopsticks. The poplar and sweetgum chopsticks supplement China's current annual chopstick production of 63 billion pairs.