paper drinking straws
They're Safe And 100% FDA Food Grade Approved
Our paper drinking straws uses nontoxic, BPA-free and 100% chlorine free materials. In fact, many straws made overseas claim to use safe inks. Indeed, the base ink itself might be, but the colorants and the processes used to dry the inks are anything but safe. We don't use questionable dyes or materials in our straws, and we have the FDA stamp of approval to prove it.
They're Fun, Colorful and Creative!
With over 200 color and pattern combinations for every season and occasion. Paper drinking straws add personality to any party. They can even be customized exclusively for your brand or event. It's our goal to make sipping, crafting, decorating and entertaining fun for all and good for the planet.
The history of paper drinking straws
Marvin Stone, a manufacturer of paper cigarette holders, created paper drinking straws in 1888, according to Steven Caney's "Invention Book". Stone, who had a factory in Washington , D.C. , enjoyed visiting a tavern after work for his usual drink, a chilled mint julep.
Because mint juleps lose their flavor when warmed, people drank them through natural grass drinking straws so they wouldn't have to touch the glass. Unfortunately, the natural drinking straws - often cut from rye - tended to make the drink taste like grass.
Stone saw a connection between the process for making his cigarette holders and making a paper-wound, artifical drinking straw. Spurred on by the prospect of a better - tasting mint julep, he started winding long strips of paper around a pencil and fastening the loose end with a dab of glue. Soon other patrons wanted to try his paper tube straws for their mint juleps.
Reasoning that people would enjoy drinking lemonade through a straw, too, Stone designed an 8 1/2-inch paper drinking straw with a diameter just wide enough to prevent a lemon seed from lodging in the tube. He used a paraffin - coated manila paper so the straw wouldn't become soggy when put into liquids.
Stone patented his paper drinking straw, and by 1890 most of the employees at the Stone Cigarette Holder Factory were winding artificial straws.
In 1906, eight years after Stone's death, the first machine - made paper drinking straws were manufactured with a steam - powered engine.
From Richard A. Norris / Buffalo News / buffalo Magazine / Oct. 13, 1985