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Although wood is definitely cheaper than plastic, and it is biodegradable and thus more environmentally friendly, it is also easier to manufacture wooden sticks than their plastic counterparts. However, wooden sticks are simply more popular since they stood the test of time, being the initial material when it was not economically feasible to manufacture ...


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It's all about the money. Without contacting suppliers you can find wooden popsicle sticks that come in packs of 500-1000 and the prices range from $0.0055 to $0.013 per stick. Some examples: http://www.joann.com/loew-cornell-craft-sticks/1157809.html http://www.ssww.com/item/budget-craft-sticks-CS425/ The closest comparable item that easily searchable ...


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I am not for the bounty, because my answer is by no means complete; but I would like to share my experiences / what I have come to hear with regards to this. I once had the very same question in mind, while I was at my neighbors during a summer day in the western part of Germany. She had some home-made ice-cream bars for the children. The sticks were made ...


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One major factor besides economics which no one has taken up is consumer perception. Even if you use a biodegradable plastic which may have a lower carbon footprint people will perceive a wood stick as more natural and therefore more environmentally friendly. Which is not to say that plastics have not deserved their bad wrap. Another issue is the recent ...


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I think the main reason is for technological reasons: Price (other users says wood is cheaper than plastic) Grip (no one mentioned, but wood should hold ice more strictly than ice: a flat plastic stick will just make the ice slide away) Regarding thermal sink mentioned by @Joe , I'm not convinced, I remember I had (when I was a Child) plastic shapes to ...


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One element is tradition. The popsicle was supposedly invented by Frank Epperson when he left a drink mixture on the porch overnight in with a wooden stirrer in it. (Some historians have questioned this narrative, however, given that Epperson claimed this occurred in 1905 in San Francisco, but weather records show that it never got cold enough in the 1905 ...


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Besides the other things mentioned, wood is an insulator and is a poor thermal sink. To explain -- have you ever tried to hold onto something plastic that's been in your freezer? It can be quite uncomfortable. (as can walking barefoot on one of those new plastic decks when it's been out in the sun). Wood, however, so long as it wasn't soaked, can be held ...


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Because plastic leaves behind toxics, whereas wood doesn't.


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I think the ice cream sticks better to wood than plastic



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