A straw a day, harms everything in your way!
We don't know exactly the origins behind the Ancient Sumerian straw made of rare earth metals but we do know the origins of the plastic straw.
A man named Marvin Stone was the first to file a patent for a drinking straw, in 1888. The Smithsonian Institute cites a widely touted legend saying Stone was drinking a mint julep on a hot summer day in 1880 when his piece of rye grass, then used as a straw, began to disintegrate. Stone, a paper cigarette holder manufacturer, decided he could make something better.
He wrapped strips of paper around a pencil, glued them together, and soon had an early prototype of paper drinking straws. He patented his design in 1888, and by 1890, his factory Stone Industrial (today a part of Precision Products Group) was mass producing them.
The rest is history and since then its safe to say that billions of straws have been produced and discarded to be absorbed by our environment. The Mantra in our subject title stands true and provides ample food for thought on how many straws we as individuals have discarded to the graveyard.
The paper turned to plastic in the 1960's in the hunt for increasing profit margins and a more durable longer lasting straw. Its been less than 100 years since we made the first plastic straw; science tells us it will take at least 100 years for a single straw to degrade, therefore its not an exaggeration to say that every straw made is still littering our planet.
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