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We're on a journey to bring you eco friendly, "mind blowing" mess free disposable chopsticks.
We're on a journey to bring you eco friendly, "mind blowing" mess free disposable chopsticks.
We're on a journey to bring you eco friendly, "mind blowing" mess free disposable chopsticks.
284 backers pledged $21,816 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi there!  Thank you for reading this.  We've been working on the idea of producing eco-friendly, "mind blowing" chopsticks since April 2015.  We were planning to keep it under wraps until this meme went viral two weeks ago (I'm writing this on 2/23/2016).  If you're not sure, check it out: 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chopstick-hack-doesnt-work_us_56ba2fe3e4b0b40245c4379e

We're on a journey to bring you eco-friendly, "mind blowing" disposable chopsticks.

Cropsticks is a line of premium disposable chopsticks that keep you mess free with a "Mind Blowing" new way to separate and set down your chopsticks while serving the environment. We exclusively make our Cropsticks out of bamboo in an effort to prevent deforestation. Our mission is to leave behind a greener environment for future generations.

60 BILLION Chopsticks Made of Wood Each Year
60 BILLION Chopsticks Made of Wood Each Year

 Back in April, we began creating 3D printed prototypes to test the concept (THEY WORKED) and filed our initial provisional patent.

How we're going to do it
How we're going to do it

Since then, we expanded our team and have identified strategic partners in both manufacturing and distribution with more than 15+ years of experience producing and selling bamboo chopsticks world wide.

Cropsticks Bamboo Prototypes
Cropsticks Bamboo Prototypes

And lastly, this is do it without your help.  Manufacturing products costs up front money for tooling, filing additional utility patents won't come cheap, and of course there's a cost of goods for our initial order.  As with all manufactured products, the more we can buy at once, the greater economies of scale we can achieve.

Use of Kickstarter Funds Raised
Use of Kickstarter Funds Raised

Introducing Our Team:

Mylen Fe Yamamoto currently runs a talent management company called CliqueNow based in Los Angeles that helps to build the careers of popular YouTube celebrities.  She is also a Clinical Professor/Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship at Loyola Marymount University.

Jay Chang is currently a venture consultant at USC working with student startups to build product. His family's background has been in producing bamboo kitchenware since he was young growing up with trips to asia to visit factories and learning the risks and challenges involved in manufacturing products.

Ron Tansingco is a media executive, creative producer, and UCLA graduate. When chopsticks are available he opts to use them, even in vague fusion food situations such as Chinese Chicken Salads.

Shannon Takeba is an Associate Planner for a luxury hotel retail chain, where she manages seasonal forecasting and merchandise strategy for international stores.

A big THANK YOU to those who have been supporting us to make it this far! Especially to Jason D., Tom S., Lauren M., Alex L., Bob S., Andrew F., David F., Eric W., David C., Chris D., Leenda D., Richie L., Kalynn M., Daniel G., Nitesh N., Hollywood 3D Printing., Barney S., Dr. David C., Lew J., Matt R.S., Ian D., our family and friends and backers.

Risks and challenges

We have partners with decades of experience in the bamboo manufacturing business, an IP attorney, and functioning bamboo prototypes, but we are not perfect and unexpected hurdles are not uncommon in manufacturing.

Too, we have done thorough market research and realize that a disposable chopstick is not typically a retail product. Most of you have probably never purchased your own disposable chopsticks, but have definitely used them all the time. We hope you'll break that trend for this initial Kickstarter campaign, and help us spread the word to get Cropsticks in all of your favorite restaurants!

To minimize the risk:

Our prototypes are 100% functioning and we are working with manufacturers to produce them on a mass scale. We also will have quality assurance in place before mass production to make sure the product is of utmost quality. We anticipate that the bamboo Cropsticks should be delivered by the promised dates above, but have made conservative estimates so as to not over-promise.

We have already spent thousands of dollars out of pocket to reach this point and will keep the community updated on progress of manufacturing!

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    THE HIGH-FIVE PACK

    1 Test-It-Out Pack of Cropsticks (5 pcs)
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    THE EARLY ADOPTER PACK

    2 Starter Packs of Cropsticks! (100 pcs)
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    THE COLLEGE DORM PACK

    1 Starter Pack Cropsticks! (50 pcs)
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    THE #STICKLIFE BAMBOO TSHIRT ONLY

    Many of you have asked and we're releasing now in our final days. Add $30 to your current contribution or grab this reward to join the #STICKLIFE Crew. Kickstarter fans thanks so much for following us this far on the journey!

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    THE GIMME GREEN PACK

    2 Starter Packs of Cropsticks! (100 pcs)
    1 Cropsticks Bamboo cutting board designed by our Team
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    THE RAMEN CHAMP PACK

    3 Starter Packs of Cropsticks! (150 pcs)
    1 Cropsticks Bamboo cutting board designed by our Team
    1 Bamboo Fiber "MIND-BLOWN" Cropsticks T-shirt
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    THE CROPSTICKS AMBASSADOR PACK

    1 Bulk Pack of Cropsticks! (2,000 pcs)
    2 Bamboo Fiber T-shirts
    2 Cropsticks Bamboo cutting boards designed by our Team
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    THE STICKS DELUXE PACK

    5 Bulk Packs of Cropsticks! (10,000 pcs)
    Shout out to you or your restaurant on our website as a MIND BLOWN believer!
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    THE CROPSTICKS CHAMPION
    aka "The Restaurant Owner" Pack

    10 Bulk Packs of Cropsticks! (20,000 pcs)
    10 Bamboo Fiber T-shirts for you and your crew
    Shout out to you or your restaurant on our website as a MIND BLOWN believer!
    10 personally engraved high quality bamboo cutting boards
    Handwritten thank you post card made of recycled paper

    An experienced production team to organize a launch party to debut Cropsticks at a restaurant of your choice (ideally yours)
    *flight & accommodation not included

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