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 re-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 Inc. 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.
Today, Aardvark® paper straws can be found at retailers and distributors that offer made in the USA and Eco-Friendly products. Aardvark® paper straws are the only paper straws on the market that are made in the USA, use only FDA compliant, food-grade materials, and are marine degradable and compostable.
Here's a glimpse of the straw throughout history—and Aardvark's place in it.
Aardvark® Straws is a division of Precision Production Group. Founded in 1980, Precision Products Group Inc.® helps customers achieve higher levels of product performance, quality, and cost effectiveness with innovative products, custom designed and manufactured to each customer's needs. The company has grown to include and expanding family of leading manufacturers of precision products for automotive, electrical insulation, defense, medical and pharmaceutical, specialty packaging and other industrial and consumer industries.