There is not much we can say about plastic coffee stirrer sticks, except that these disposable items are designed to offer maximum stirring capacity with the least amount of plastic.
While this was primarily for cost, the environmental benefits of less plastic usage have been a welcome secondary outcome.
Where did plastic stirrer sticks come from? We don’t quite know where the first coffee stirrer stick came from, but the original idea may have been the “swizzle stick”.
This stick is believed to have been invented in the 18th century in the West Indies. Apparently, it was used to mix rum. The name itself came from a local tree called Quararibea turbinata or the “Swizzle stick tree”.
From there, they became increasingly popular and were made from thin glass rods. One main use, and probably why Swizzle sticks are integrally linked to bars and alcoholic drinks, is that they were used to stir champagne to reduce the bubbles for people who suffered indigestion when drinking “bubbly” champagne.
They say that there is a collector for everything and plastic stirrer sticks are no exception. Believe it or not, but there is an international “Swizzle Stick Collectors Club” . All manner of swizzle sticks are collectable it seems, and a visit to the site is highly recommended. We never knew how many different designs there are! There is even a three-day Swizzle Stick Convention and a quarterly magazine for collectors.
Who would have imagined that our humble coffee stirrer sticks were in such illustrious company as the “Vegas swizzle stick” or “Holiday Inn swizzle stick” collections.
Well enjoy ours to stir your coffee and remember to recycle! Why not try our wooden coffee stirrer sticks if your company has a plastic pollution reduction policy?