Save your spoons and stirring sticks

Gevalia's stir mug automatically stirs coffee with a handle-mounted button

A perfectly blended cup with the touch of a button. Gevalia

If you're a rabid coffee drinker like I am, then you're familiar with the one-time coffee stirring stick. Most convenience stores stick (no pun intended) to the plastic straw variety, while some bigger coffee corporations like Starbucks go for the wooden skinny popsicle sticks.

But have you ever stopped to think about how much wood and plastic is wasted in using the one-time swirlers? According to the Daily Green, a sort of consumer report site for green-lovers, we use and throw out more than 138 billion of the non-biodegradable plastic sticks every year. This comes out to (give or take) about 69,000,000 pounds of plastic. And even though the wooden stir sticks are biodegradable, that one-time, five-second stir doesn't seem to justify the loss of the tree that made it happen.

Some people suggest pouring in the milk and sugar before pouring in the coffee, so that the coffee will mix itself. This could work if you take your coffee with just milk or if you use just enough sugar to take the bite off your brew, but if you're the kind of person who likes a sweeter cup, then simply pouring the coffee last isn't going to be enough to avoid the sugar clump at the bottom of your cup.

Thankfully, Gevalia has made a cup that will save both your stirring arm and all of that plastic. This stir mug comes with a button on the handle that gently stirs your cup of joe, so you can avoid that sugary last sip without being wasteful. Worried about your coffee sloshing over the sides while you stir? The cup comes with a peekaboo lid, so that you can see when your brew is blended.

OK, so maybe a self-stirring cup is a bit overkill. But hey, at least those plastic stirring sticks can be saved and used for something better, like this chandelier by Studio Verissimo.

About the author

    Jenn Lowell spent her time at the University of Colorado building robots and other toys before earning her graduate degree in mechatronics and mechanical engineering. She is a self-proclaimed lover of anything that runs off of electricity and has moving parts or motors. Currently pulling double-duty as a high school science teacher and freelance blogger, she has free time seldom enough to deeply appreciate the modern technological conveniences that give her more of it. She is a long-time recreational blogger currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY.


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