From the Collection

Drinking Straw Day

A black and white image of a mechanical straw cutting machine which stands on six legs. It is described above and below in black text.

It is easy to forget that drinking through a straw is an ancient practice, and was often accomplished with natural materials such as grasses, reeds or bamboo.  This Straw Cutter by J. Fleury’s Sons, as illustrated in a sales pamphlet from 1936 (990.8.33), would not have been used for such purposes, but reminds us of the origin of one of the most mundane modern items.

The Canadian government has announced that in 2021 it will ban single-use plastics, such as straws, from restaurants.   In the wake of this ban, will we see the return of natural drinking straws, or are we doomed to drinking through soggy paper tubes?

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