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Meet Chloe Mei and Ella Lin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chloe Mei & Ella Lin Espinosa.

Hi Chloe Mei & Ella Lin, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I am 15 years old and a sophomore in high school. My sister, Ella Lin Espinosa, is 13 years old and in 8th grade. We live in Orange County, California, USA. Together we are The Sustainable Sisters of Skip the Plastic Straw. The goal of our campaign, Skip the Plastic Straw, is to encourage people to stop using single-use plastic straws and share ways we can all help to protect our environment.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
We regularly present to youth at camps and schools about the harmful effects of single-use plastic straws and plastic pollution. However, it has been difficult for us to present in-person during Covid. So, during the pandemic, we co-founded Skip the Plastic Straw’s YouTube Channel, with the goal to reach out to people via another platform. So far, we have filmed and produced ten videos showcasing and promoting eco-friendly brands and ways to be more sustainable.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Since I (Chloe Mei) founded my campaign in 2018 as a 6th grade school project, I have convinced five school districts (245 schools), one science camp, and two local hospitals in Orange County to stop using 15 million plastic straws per year in their cafeterias. This is what makes me proudest – to have partners who also care about our environment and who are willing to make changes.

Single-use plastic straws are a problem, but they’re only the tip of the single-use plastic problem. If you can start by joining us to skip that plastic straw and switch to alternative straws – like a glass, bamboo, metal straw, pasta (there are dozens of wonderful alternatives – check out my website for links) – or no straw at all, you will already be making a huge difference.

What sets us apart from others is that we are youth taking action to protect our environment. It’s possible for one person – adult or kid – to make a difference for our environment. All it takes is someone who cares passionately enough to start their journey.

Best of all, my sister Ella Lin and I LOVE working TOGETHER to protect the planet and we hope to inspire more people, especially youth, to do the same.

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