An old utensil, a fresh twist — and a few sharks
Alumna Mylen Yamamoto’s version of chopsticks is eco-friendly, practical and fun.
“Living on an island, you’re taught to really take care of what you have on the land. We need to respect it in order for our communities to thrive.”
“Some people just say, ‘Oh, it’s just a chopstick.’ Well, no, we’re contributing to a mission to do better for the world, do better for the next generation.”
Kaitlin Ragland is a student at Cal State LA majoring in television, film and media studies.
Photos by J. Emilio Flores
Photo 1: Mylen Yamamoto at Cropsticks’ office in Downey. Photo 2: Cropsticks on display. Photo 3: Graphic depiction of Cropsticks’ upcycling process. (Courtesy of Cropmade) Photo 4: Mylen Yamamoto with her dog, Amos.