National Drinking Straw Day is dedicated to a modest but so practical invention! We do not think that we drink drinks through convenient devices, taking them for granted. However, do not forget that even behind a simple straw there is a person who invented and created it!
The first prototypes appeared in antiquity. Archaeological research has shown that drinking straws were used in the 4th century BC. Interestingly, they were originally made disposable, and then modernized, starting to be created from silver and even gold. Do I need to say that not everyone could use them because of the high cost? Scientists believe that they drank ancient wine and beer from them. Due to poor cleaning, sediment was often present in drinks, so it was easy to drink the top clean layer through a straw.
In the 17th century, tubes made of precious metals were replaced with cheap counterparts. They were made from straw, and this was an excellent solution for popularization. There was also a drawback – rapid wear: with prolonged contact with water, they rapidly swelled. Another disadvantage is the smell, which affected the final taste of the drink.
In 1988, Marvin Stone from America suggested making manila paper straws. Then came plastic tubes. True, initially they were only straight, it was impossible to turn them into a comfortable position, but later they solved this problem by adding an area in the form of an accordion.
It is noteworthy that:
- according to statistics, the US population uses about half a billion straws daily;
- today the world is considering restrictions and transition from plastic materials to others. Raw materials catastrophically pollute our planet. Great opportunity to remind people on National Day;
- there are products made of biodegradable plastic;
- colored straws are associated with the holiday and really cheer up.
How to celebrate
Learn more about the history of the drink at National Drinking Straw Day. Look at the types of products and shapes, learn to distinguish them at a glance. Use a straw throughout the day!
When is National Drinking Straw Day celebrated in 2024?
National Drinking Straw Day is observed on January 3 each year.