History of Drinking Straws

Marvin Stone patented the spiral winding process to make paper drinking straws.

Two sisters drinking with straws from same glass, side view, close-up
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In 1888, Marvin Stone patented the spiral winding process to manufacture the first paper drinking straws. Stone was already a manufacturer of paper cigarette holders. His idea was to make paper drinking straws. Before his straws, beverage drinkers were using the natural rye grass straws.

Making Drinking Staws

Stone Straw Corporation

Impact on Other Industries

Bendy Straws

Bendable straws, articulated straws, or bendy straws have a concertina-type hinge near the top for bending the straw into a more favorable angle for sipping. Joseph Friedman invented the bendy straw in 1937.