…if your household consumes ice cream bars or frozen pops with sticks, throwing the “popsicle” sticks away is wasteful. If you’ve read The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, it’s going to hit you that wood is not to be wasted.
Sticks are easily stored in a survival pack for emergency kindling.
If you have kids, encourage them to wash, dry and collect their frozen-pop sticks for possible future use.
If you really get into this idea, consider saving your used wooden matchsticks, as well. They also make good miniature kindling wood. ©M-J de Mesterton 2008