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.
In 2018, Aardvark Straws was purchased by Hoffmaster Group, Inc. Aardvark Straws now adds a new product offering of sustainable paper straws to Hoffmaster’s ever growing line of eco-friendly products.
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 Hoffmaster. Hoffmaster® is a one-stop source offering a complete line of premium disposable paper tableware items for restaurants, hospitals, and a wide variety of other service industries. The Company, established in 1947, is the platform company for the Hoffmaster Group, Inc. ® Foodservice Division. For more information about Hoffmaster, visit www.hoffmaster.com. Hoffmaster is currently owned by Wellspring Capital Management. Wellspring Capital Management is a leading private equity firm headquartered in New York.