Facts About the Invention of Drinking Straws


The drinking straw has gone through several advancements since the straws of ancient times. The first modern manufactured straws were made from paper, but today most straws are made from plastic.


  • The drinking straw dates to the ancient Sumerians, who used them to drink beer. A seal from 3100 B.C. depicts two men using straws to drink beer from a crock, and archaeologists discovered a gold and lapis lazuli drinking straw in a Sumerian tomb.


  • In 19th-century America, people used naturally hollow rye grass as drinking straws. Frustrated with how these natural straws began to disintegrate in beverages, Marvin Stone invented a wax-coated paper straw, which he patented in 1888.


  • Joseph B. Friedman made another major advancement in drinking straws: the bendy straw, which he created by molding a paper straw around the grooves of a screw. He patented the invention as the "drinking tube" in 1937.

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