National Drinking Straw Day - January 3

NATIONAL DRINKING STRAW DAY

On January 3, 1888, Marvin C. Stone received the patent for the paper drinking straw.  In acknowledgment of that invention, each year on January 3, people across the nation observe National Drinking Straw Day.

It is believed the very first drinking straws were used by the Sumerians 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

Enjoy your favorite beverage using a drinking straw. Use #DrinkingStrawDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

The United States Patent Office granted Mavin G. Stone his Patent # US375962 A on January 3, 1888.

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Drinking Straw Day.  

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