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Who is Bamboo Straw Girl?

Bamboo Straw Girl founder Melissa Lam is an English Language teacher as well as an environmentalist and sustainability advocate in Singapore.

Back in 2013, she was at the tail-end of a few years of on-and-off backpacking when one of her friends took a picture of their group around a campfire next to a river. The picture of the group of friends in the blue evening light, with the warm glow of the campfire on their faces - was at first romantic.

On closer inspection, Mel saw that they were surrounded by plastic bag upon plastic bag of "rations" from the convenience store close to their hostel. The picture became a poignant reminder of their over-reliance on single-use plastic. As they packed up after the campfire that chilly night, shining torchlights to make sure they left no trace, Mel was struck by the irony of it all - why had they brought these little single-use plastic items into nature, and what would the consequences be if they left even a tiny bit behind? After making small changes to her personal lifestyle habits, and stumbling upon the Zero Waste movement, she felt compelled to spread the message of mindful consumption through a lighthearted conversation starter - the bamboo straw. What started out as a personal project has now impacted thousands of people and dozens of schools and organisations. This work has empowered partner artisans, a majority of whom are women, with a second stream of income or full time wage, and allowed us the privilege of contributing meaningfully back to society. We are all forever grateful.

When you shop with us, your purchase supports multiple streams of environmental and sustainability action. 

Firstly, by choosing a reusable or low-impact product, you are making a difference to our Earth. Many people making conscious choices will add up to a better world for everyone.

Secondly, you support our maker-friends with a second stream of income and financial independence.

Thirdly, you enable Mel to run outreach programmes such as free school assembly talks.

To engage Mel as a "green influencer", talent / host for your sustainability event or campaign, please write us here to discuss! 

Watch Mel's TedX Singapore talk:

Follow Mel on Instagram!

@bamboostrawgirl - Instagram


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