Throwback Thursday: A brief history of the drinking straw: Page 2 of 5


The earliest known drinking straw, according to some historians and archeologists, was found in a Sumerian tomb from 2000 to 3000 BC. Made of gold and precious stones, the straw probably was used to drink primitively fermented beer, in which solid byproducts sank to the bottom and the drinkable fluid floated on top. We’ve made some advances in brewing beer since then, but three-star Michelin restaurants that provide straws to diners—there must be some, right?—might take a page from the Sumerians’ book if they decide to go plastics free and up their prestige in one fell swoop.

Next: Flash forward to 1880 and the invention of the paper straw.

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