Coffee stirrers: wood vs. plastic. Wood wins.


14 comments posted
An alternative, use Neither

Try using thick pasta, it works and can go to the green bin.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/24/2016 - 14:04
Impact is tiny, compared to other, more important choices

The impact of a coffee stirrer is tiny, compared to other products and activities (electrical appliances, lighting, heating / air conditioning, transportation, diet).

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 09/26/2016 - 11:29
No Point Anyhow

Reuse is the way to reduce environment impact that already done. Creating is destructing. Be grateful with what u have!

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 11/11/2015 - 19:03
Alternative to stir sticks.

I have a viable alternative to stir sticks. It is patent pending, safe, quick, sanitary, and only uses a minuscule amount of electricity per use,(12 volt, 8-13 seconds).
It is the equivalent of a hand dryer instead of paper towels, but uses far less electricity.
The prototype is in development. It would be great to have a analysis of its environmental impact.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/19/2014 - 11:41

is the recyclabilty of the wood or plastic stirrers part of this or is the env footprint just based on the production and that both wood and plastic stirrers are thrown away?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:30
The whole life cycle is taken into account

As I try to explain on this pages, the whole life cycle is taken into account: production, use, and disposal (whether in landfill, or recycled). As the sideline says,"CEII - Composite Environmental Impact Index. Indication of the item's impact on the environment, taking into account the resources used and the pollution generated during production, use, and disposal of the item. The higher number, the higher impact."

Posted by andrzejc on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 23:32
don't use any

Just put your creme in before the coffee

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 11:07

How about using a teaspoon and washing it up?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 17:24
Washing will use precious

Washing will use precious water, and in most cases, will pollute it with chemicals (dishwasher detergent). The water then will require a lot of energy to reclaim. Also, if the spoon is metal, the pollution involved in digging out the ore, smelting it, and stamping out the spoon is non-trivial. E.g., steel coffee spoon, weighting about 1 ounce, would have impact index of about 65. That means you need to use about 500 wooden coffee stirrers just to equal the pollution created when the spoon was made...

Posted by andrzejc on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 08:13
What a load of rubbish!

Whatever we do as humans will be detrimental to the world in one way or another and such pontifications make no difference in the long run. If you already have the metal spoon then the harm has already been done and so using it will be the lesser evil and if it is washed along with other household utensils then it will make little difference to the world.
Have you really nothing better to do with your time than work out how many wooden stirrers equals one metal spoon?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 07/19/2013 - 16:30
But didn't you make your way

But didn't you make your way to this site/page because you were looking it up? Wasn't it nice to find an actual answer based on a calculation instead of an opinion?

Regardless, it's not rubbish. If a restaurant wants to reduce their carbon footprint, this is useful info. In some places/instances, the "just wash a spoon" argument doesn't really stand. Watch a Panera or a Starbucks in the morning. People make their coffee, stir it, throw away the stirrer. If they were all using spoons, the buisiness would quickly run out of unused/available metal spoons and need to wash them. (While, yes, they have a high demand of customers needing someone to make the coffee. So that could mean waiting an extra few minutes because your barista is too busy because her coworker is washing spoons.)

Oh? They could buy more spoons? Ah, yes, well, that becomes the point where the issue of how many stirrers equals one spoon is RELEVANT.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/27/2013 - 10:30
This is practically pointless, but a good thought experiment

I agree with "What a load of rubbish". But this site was made to counter all the BS and time wasters out there that do force this issue on people without thinking it through (eg the joke known as Earth Hour).
We can argue in circles for ever about "If you already have the metal spoon...". I could say the same thing. "IF you already have the tree cut down..." Many stirrers at made from scrap wood not suitable for other uses. But now I've just added to the BS.
This site has done the maths behind the many claims people make to show that most of them are futile and self serving. I'm really glad I found it.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/13/2013 - 18:53
I procure wooden stirrers / cutlery for my office

... so this was helpful for me. I was wondering whether I should keep buying teaspoons (which tend to go missing to other parts of the building) or if stirrers are better. This has helped me with a few facts to base the decision on! So thank you

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/05/2013 - 10:31
use tagliatelle shaped noodles.

use tagliatelle shaped noodles.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 19:02