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.


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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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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