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How to Reduce Waste from Plastic Coffee Stir Sticks

By: Danny Lipford

The waste associated with plastic coffee stir sticks may seem inconsequential until you consider that 138 billion are thrown away every year. For a greener cup of coffee, put the cream and sugar in your cup first, then pour in the coffee. If it still needs stirring, use a long piece of pasta instead.

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A lot of people are committed to Thinking Green, but I think the man who really put it on the map was Dr. Seuss. I mean, who hasn’t heard of Green Eggs and Ham? Even Sam I Am became a green convert! Well, I’d like to take it to the next level. Here’s a simple way to make your coffee green. Stop using stir sticks. Ok, I know that sounds petty, but would you believe that Americans throw away 138 BILLION coffee stirrers every year? That’s a lot of plastic, but the solution isn’t having to drink your coffee black. If you use cream and sugar, put it in the cup first and then pour in your coffee. That should be enough to mix it in. But if you absolutely, positively have GOT to stir, use this little trick. Take a piece of pasta and stir your java with that. Afterwards, you can eat the stick or even add it to your compost…and you can drink your coffee on a plane or on a train, on a boat or with a goat…..


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  • Jane O Says:
    March 31st, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    spoons! If no one licks the spoon it can be used many times. You could put out a handful of spoons every day and stick them in a dishwasher at night.

  • Stephan Says:
    September 23rd, 2016 at 11:45 am

    We have glutten intolerance at work. What are the other options than pasta?

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How to Reduce Waste from Plastic Coffee Stir Sticks