H a s h i !
 Means Chopsticks.

Entrepreneurship teacher Mylen Yamamoto championed the chopstick in a quest to make them mean something more, adding a breakaway stand and eliminating the roundness so they won’t roll off the table. And since she also wanted to make the world greener, not to mention safer from splinters, she made them from a sustainable crop of bamboo and called them Cropsticks. Yamamoto informed us that 45 percent of disposable chopsticks are made from trees, chopstick design hasn’t changed in 4000 years, and a third of the world uses chopsticks.
This all whets my whistle because once upon a time, our family dentist Murray turned me on to chopsticks, teaching us how to fold and bend the paper wrapper to make a stand to keep chopsticks from rolling. (“I love the wood on my teeth instead of metal, he told me.) And because he had been my trusted dentist for 25 years, and he was my favorite uncle Mickey’s best friend, I adopted chopsticks too.
There was interest in the product on Shark Tank, but alas, it did not breed fertile ground and grow a partner. Fortunately we all learned a new word next time we need chopsticks, just say, “Hashi.”

cropsticksco This absolutely made our day @gerrifindley! ありがとfor this wonderful post. We are going to frame. You are so talented and we will def follow!


With Cropsticks, you now have a built-in rest which is authentic to the Asian dining experience. Cropsticks are made from fast growing bamboo. Currently, 45% of one time use chopsticks are still made from trees. That’s around 36 billion chopsticks contributing to deforestation and increased carbon emissions. Chop a tree down, it’s gone forever.  But chop down bamboo, it grows right back.

Once Cropsticks are used, restaurants have the option to upcycle our product into beautiful tiles made for shelving, flooring, table tops and more.  We like to think it’s being sustainable at full circle.