In 1888, a man named Marvin Stone invented the original paper straw and patented his idea. That patent became the foundation for the company Stone later created—the same company that manufactures Aardvark®, The Original Paper Straw, today. Stone’s patent and his innovative spirit for all things round and tubular lives on with Aardvark®.
Aardvark paper straws were introduced in 2007, in response to a growing anti-plastic movement. Restaurants, hospitals, and other services industries, the main buyers of plastic straws in the US, were forced to look for more sustainable, eco-friendly options.
As a leading US manufacturer of small-size cylindrical tubing solutions, Precision Products Group was asked to create a straw that was more environmentally friendly. The answer was in their archives: Marvin Stone’s original 1888 patent for the first paper straw. Putting a modern spin on Stone’s original concept, Aardvark® was able to create a straw, using natural papers, that was more sustainable and more durable than any other paper straw on the market.