NATIONAL DRINKING STRAW DAY
On January 3rd National Drinking Straw Day commemorates the date in 1888 that Marvin C. Stone received the patent for the paper drinking straw. Since then, a variety of drinking straws are used.
It is believed the Sumerians used the very first drinking straws for drinking beer. Archeologists speculate they used the straws to avoid the solid byproducts of fermentation that would have sunk to the bottom. The oldest drinking straw known to be in existence was found in a Sumerian tomb dated 3,000 B.C.E. This found straw was a gold tube inlaid with a precious blue stone.
The Argentines used a similar metallic device called a bombilla. Used for hundreds of years, the bombilla acted as both a straw and a sieve.
Today, manufacturers make a variety of reusable straws. From stainless steel and glass to bamboo and silicone, they not only save money and the environment, but they are also fun to use. They come in a variety of creative shapes and colors.
HOW TO OBSERVE #DrinkingStrawDay
Enjoy your favorite beverage using a drinking straw. You can use a variety of straws, too! While the most common kind might be plastic, more and more they come in paper, bamboo, stainless steel, and glass. Many makers of plastic straws make reusable, collapsable straws, too. These also make great gifts to help you celebrate the day.
Use #DrinkingStrawDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL DRINKING STRAW DAY HISTORY
The United States Patent Office granted Mavin G. Stone, his Patent # US375962 A on January 3, 1888.
National Day Calendar continues to research the origin of this tubular celebration.
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