Get This Weekend's Best Amazon Deals

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Amazon

As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, September 16.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers, including Amazon, and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Good luck deal hunting!

GADGETS, TOYS, AND MEDIA

Hero5 Black - 1 Year Manufacturer Hero 5 Warranty - Bulk Packaging for $367.97 (list price $449.99)

Fremo Evo - an intelligent Battery Base for 2nd Generation Echo Dot. ("Alexa" unlimited)(EVO Black) for $29.99 (list price $35.00)

ZVE Universal 2 in 1 Aluminum Desktop Charging Stand Dock Cradle for Apple IWatch, Smart Phones and Tablets Up to 12.9 inches - Rose Gold for $17.98 (list price $56.99)

Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo for $79.99 (list price $164.99)

TP-LINK DOCSIS 3.0 High Speed Cable Modem Certified for XFINITY, Time Warner (TC-7620) for $59.99 (list price $89.99)

Samsung Gear 360 Real 360° High Resolution VR Camera (US Version with Warranty) for $99.95 (list price $349.99)

Huion New 1060 Plus Graphic Drawing Tablet with Built-in 8GB MicroSD Card and 12 Express Keys for $82.99 (list price $89.99)

Logitech Create iPad Pro 9.7 Backlit Keyboard Case – Smart Connector – iOS Shortcuts – Black for $107.99 (list price $129.99)

iPhone 7S 7 6S 6 Screen Protector Glass, amFilm iPhone 7S, 7 Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6 2016, 2015 (2-Pack) for $7.99 (list price $29.99)

Samsung 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit (MUF-128BB/AM) for $36.89 (list price $39.95)

LBell Wireless Headphones V4.1 Wireless Stereo earbuds Built-in CVC6.0 Noise Cancellation Stereo Bluetooth Headphones with Mic and Apt-x for iPhone and Android Phones (White) for $22.99 (list price $76.99)

Anker Bluetooth Ultra-Slim Keyboard for iPad Air 2 / Air, iPad Pro, iPad mini 4 / 3 / 2 / 1, iPad 4 / 3 / 2 , New iPad 9.7"(2017), Galaxy Tabs and Other Mobile Devices (White) for $17.99 (list price $25.99)

KITCHEN

Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker, Stainless Steel for $82.39 (list price $89.99)

Kitchen Drawer Organizer, Expandable Utensil Organizer, Silverware Organizer, Bamboo Flatware Drawer Organizer - By: Bambüsi for $17.99 (list price $29.99)

Royal Stainless Steel Silverware Set Mirror Polished Utensils (20-Piece Flatware Set) for $27.95 (list price $59.99)

Stainless Steel Cups by SeaTurtle - Family Pack Cup of 4, 2 Sizes - Kids and Toddler Friendly for $24.95 (list price $39.99)

J.K. Adams 19-Inch-by-2-Inch Maple Wood Rolling Dowel for $15.00 (list price $17.00)

Hoan Bagel Guillotine Slicer, White for $16.16 (list price $17.99)

Bormioli Rocco Aquaria Bedside Carafe with Tumbler, 27-1/2-Ounce, Gift Boxed, Clear for $14.99 (list price $25.69)

Prepworks by Progressive Magnetic Measuring Spoons, Stainless Steel - Set of 5 for $14.98 (list price $19.99)

Riedel VINUM Reisling Grand Cru/Zinfandel Glasses, Pay for 3 get 4 for $74.93 (list price $88.50)

Cuisinart CCO-50BKN Deluxe Electric Can Opener, Black for $19.45 (list price $40.00)

Victorinox 10.25 Inch Fibrox Pro Curved Bread Knife with Serrated Edge for $29.99 (list price $66.00)

Chef's INSPIRATIONS Plastic Cutting Board - 3 Piece Set, Green and White for $16.97 (list price $29.97)

Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker with Gluten Free Menu setting for $254.99 (list price $325.00)

HOME

mDesign Free Standing Toilet Paper Holder with Shelf for Bathroom - Matte Black for $19.99 (list price $24.99)

AIRMEGA 300 The Smarter Air Purifier (Covers 1256 sq. ft.) for $454.31 (list price $649.00)

BLACK+DECKER Allure Professional Steam Iron, Dynamic Steam Technology, Blue, D3030 for $34.54 (list price $49.99)

URPOWER 2nd Generation 300ml Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser Ultrasonic Air Humidifier with AUTO Shut off and 6-7 HOURS Continuous Diffusing - 7 Color Changing LED Lights and 4 Timer Settings for $19.99 (list price $49.99)

ArtNaturals Aromatherapy Top 8 Essential Oils, 100% Pure of The Highest Quality, Peppermint/Tee Tree/Rosemary/Orange/Lemongrass/Lavender/Eucalyptus/Frankincense, Therapeutic Grade for $17.95 (list price $32.95)

Superior 900 GSM Luxury Bathroom Towels, Made of 100% Premium Long-Staple Combed Cotton, Set of 2 Hotel & Spa Quality Bath Towels - White, 30" x 55" each for $32.99 (list price $42.99)

Large Cotton Rope Storage Baskets with Handles 15 x14 x14, Set of 2 Toy Chest Closet Organization, Soft Durable Nursery Room Decor, Gift Baskets for $22.99 (list price $38.00)

HC Collection Bed Sheet & Pillowcase Set HOTEL LUXURY 1800 Series Egyptian Quality Bedding Collection! Deep Pocket, Wrinkle & Fade Resistant,Luxurious,Comfortable,Extremely Durable(Queen, Grey) for $24.99 (list price $69.99)

Mellanni Bed Sheet Set - Brushed Microfiber 1800 Bedding - Wrinkle, Fade, Stain Resistant - Hypoallergenic - 4 Piece (Queen, White) for $24.70 (list price $59.99)

SEI 18.5-Inch Indoor/Outdoor Round Metal Accent Table, Orange for $69.99 (list price $104.98)

Seville Classics 3-Tier Resin Slat Utility Shoe Rack, Espresso for $29.99 (list price $34.40)

iRobot Roomba 650 Robot Vacuum with Manufacturer's Warranty for $299.99 (list price $374.00)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Brother HL-L2300D Monochrome Laser Printer with Duplex Printing for $79.99 (list price $89.99)

AmazonBasics 6-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder for $44.99 (list price $49.99)

DYMO LabelWriter 450 Super Bundle - FREE Label Printer with 4 rolls of Shipping, File Folder and Multi-Purpose Labels (1957331) for $69.95 (list price $99.99)

Rubbermaid Extra Deep Desk Drawer Director Tray, Plastic, 11.875 x 15 x 2.5 Inches, Black (11906ROS) for $6.79 (list price $10.89)

Safco Products 3263BL Onyx Mesh Desktop Organizer with 3 Vertical Sections/2 Baskets, Black for $29.42 (list price $38.49)

Duck Brand EZ Start Packaging Tape with One Handed Dispenser, 1.88-Inch x 55.5-Yard Roll, Single Roll, Clear (1259457) for $3.07 (list price $11.14)

Duck Brand Brown Kraft Paper Roll, 2.5 Feet x 30 Feet (280742) for $4.27 (list price $8.60)

EXPO 2-in-1 Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 8-Count for $12.68 (list price $25.16)

Scribbles That Matter (Iconic version) Dotted Journal Notebook Diary A5 - Elastic Band - Beautiful Designer Cover - Premium Thick Paper (Teal) for $19.99 (list price $24.99)

Uni-Ball Jetstream Retractable Ball Point Pens,0.7mm, Black Ink, 3-Count for $7.30 (list price $10.49)

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 72-Count for $24.00 (list price $33.49)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Umbra Tesora Jewelry Stand, Concrete/Copper for $25.50 (list price $30.00)

CeraVe Renewing System, SA Renewing Cream, 12 oz. for $17.47 (list price $19.97)

Cure Natural Aqua Gel, 250 ml for $25.70 (list price $49.00)

KIPOZI Professional Titanium Hair Straightener Flat Iron with Digital LCD Display ,Dual Voltage,Instant Heat Up(1.75 inch,black) for $35.09 (list price $99.00)

Folding Travel Mirror with Light - 1X and 5X LED Lighted Travel Makeup Mirror, Magnifying, Handheld Mirror, Pouch & Batteries Included, Rose Gold for $21.88 (list price $29.88)

Braun Silk-epil 9 Skinspa 9-961V 5-in-1 Epilator/Epilation Exfoliation & Skin Care System for $129.82 (list price $164.99)

Philips Sonicare Essence Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush, White for $19.95 (list price $49.99)

Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser - Anti-Aging + Acne Face Wash w AHA For Wrinkles, Lines & Spots Reduction - Natural Blend of Best Rosehip & Tea Tree Oils + Jojoba Beads For a Deep Clean… for $18.99 (list price $35.99)

Activated Charcoal Natural Teeth Whitening Powder by Pro Teeth Whitening Co® | High Quality Grey Charcoal (non abrasive and proven safe for enamel) From Coconut Shells | Manufactured in England for $10.99 (list price $29.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Speedo MDR 2.4 Goggles, Charcoal Black/Clear, One Size for $19.60 (list price $24.99)

Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella with Teflon Coating for $21.95 (list price $27.95)

9 Can Cooler, Gray for $12.95 (list price $29.99)

Saris Bones 2 Bike Trunk Rack, Black for $123.97 (list price $154.99)

Scotts 2000-20 20-Inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower for $129.99 (list price $181.40)

WORX TURBINE 12 Amp Corded Leaf Blower with 110 MPH and 600 CFM Output and Variable Speed Control – WG520 for $54.24 (list price $59.99)

Char-Griller 1515 Patio Pro Charcoal Grill for $67.99 (list price $89.01)

Tourna Mesh Carry Bag of 18 Tennis Balls for $15.47 (list price $19.99)

Fitbit Flex 2, Black (US Version) for $59.95 (list price $99.95)

Running Belt – Fanny Pack – iPhone 6 , 7 Plus Pouch for Runners - Best Fitness Gear for Hands Free Workout – Reflective Waist Pack by Sport2People for $14.97 (list price $37.47)

TOOLS

Command Large Double Bath Hook, Satin Nickel, 1-Hook, 1-Large Water-Resistant Strip for $10.12 (list price $14.43)

Greenco Super Strong Foldable Step Stool for Adults and Kids - 11 inches in Height, Holds up to 300 Lb for $10.99 (list price $18.99)

ThruNite Archer 2A V3 Cool White 500 Lumens AA LED Flashlight for $29.99 (list price $45.95)

Channellock E337CB E Series 7-Inch Diagonal Cutting Plier with Lap XLT Joint and Code Blue Grips for $23.79 (list price $33.93)

Topeak The Mini 9-Function Bicycle Tool for $15.45 (list price $16.95)

Channellock 8WCB WideAzz Adjustable Wrench with Code Blue Grips, 1-1/2-Inch Opening- 8-Inch Overall Length for $22.26 (list price $29.96)

Milwaukee 2407-22 M12 3/8 Drill Driver Kit for $109.00 (list price $233.00)

Bosch DDB181-02 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 1/2-Inch Compact Tough Drill/Driver Kit with 2 Batteries, Charger and Contractor Bag for $99.00 (list price $159.00)

Tacklife Advanced Laser Measure 262Feet Digital Laser Distance Meter Mute Rangfinder Digital Tape Measure with Pythagorean Mode, Area, Volume Calculation for $39.97 (list price $89.99)

BOSTITCH BTFP3KIT 3-Tool and Compressor Combo Kit for $199.00 (list price $530.00)

Jeronic Folding Step Stool, Red for $9.99 (list price $16.99)

Wayfair Is Offering Up to 75 Percent Off on Furniture, Rugs, and Pet Essentials Through Tuesday

Wayfair
Wayfair

If you’re looking to upgrade your home furniture in the new year, turn to Wayfair. From orthopedic dog beds to convertible couches to luxuriously soft bedding, the online retailer has just about anything you can imagine to spice up your home décor. And through Tuesday, January 21 at 9:00 a.m. EST, shoppers can save up to 75 percent on hundreds of items. Check out some of our favorite deals below.

Living Room Furniture

- Corwin Twin Convertible Sofa $134 (Save $16)
- Swiger Sleeper $481 (Save $57)
- Spraggins Armchair $195 (Save $135)
- Oday Wingback Chair $297 (Save $72)
- Luper Tufted Storage Ottoman $127 (Save $212)
- Tannis Futon Chair $183 (Save $11)

Pet Essentials

- Ginny Pet Crate $88 (Save $83)
- 72-Inch Mya Cat Tree $64 (Save $165)
- Bernice Quilted Orthopedic Dog Sofa $22 (Save $28)
- Cathey Wooden Litter Box Cabinet $142 (Save $9)
- Ian Double Bowl Elevated Feeder $82 (Save $50)
- Boris Ultra Plush Cooling Gel Foam Pillow $23 (Save $27)

Dining Room Furniture

A Wayfair stool
Wayfair

- Marni Bar & Counter Stool $54 (Save $9)
- Boyes Dining Table $187 (Save $13)
- Chelsey Four-Piece Solid Wood Dining Set $256 (Save $256)
- Eaman Dining Table $215 (Save $45)
- Abbey Extendable Solid Wood Dining Table $847 (Save $910)
- Abbey Solid Wood Dining Table $727 (Save $744)

Extra Storage

- Petrone Combo Laundry Center $42 (Save $51)
- Cubeicals Shoe Storage Bench $69 (Save $17)
- Caryl Overdoor Six-Shelf Cabinet Door Organizer $35 (Save $17)
- Arapahoe 24-Inch-By-32-Inch Cabinet $102 (Save $83)
- Wicker Oval Double Laundry Hamper $60 (Save $10)

Bedroom Furniture

-Geraldine 4 Drawer Chest $195 (Save $15)
-Fuente Upholstered Panel Headboard $75 (Save $64)
- Eichhorn Platform Bed $102 (Save $150)
- Kemmerer Vanity Set with Mirror $206 (Save $303)
- Rossford 6 Drawer Double Dresser $263 (Save $42)
- Amher Adjustable Bed Base $271 ( Save $129)

Rugs

Wayfair flower rug
Wayfair

- Brandt Blue Area Rug $26 (Save $52)
- Abstract Multicolor Area Rug $25 (Save $73)
- Shiflett Flatweave Dark Gray Area Rug $31 (Save $29)
- Meador Hand-Braided Natural Area Rug $38 (Save $40)
- Geometric Gray/Ivory Area Rug $34 (Save $25)

Bedding

- Adena Ultra Soft Down Alternative Reversible Comforter Set $33 (Save $97)
- Eldon Solid Color Sheet Set $25 (Save $35)
- Kiril Duvet Cover Set $25 (Save $75)
- Arrington Ruffle Skirt Bedspread Set $61 (Save $89)

Outdoor Décor

- Marquis Vertical Hello Non-Slip Outdoor Door Mat $14 (Save $10)
- Arden Welcome Paw 36-Inch-By-24-Inch Non-Slip Outdoor Door Mat $33 (Save $10)
- Midori Planter Box $73 (Save $37)

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don't return, so we're only happy if you're happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

These Grass Straws Are an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Plastic

Kickstarter
Kickstarter

We know plastic straws have created an incredibly serious environmental issue, and while many alternatives have been introduced, there are definitely some drawbacks to each of them. Paper straws, for example, tend to dissolve faster than you can finish your beverage. Some companies have tried to get around the issues paper and plastic straws present by introducing a special lid to sip cold beverages through. But they’re still made out of, well, plastic.

A Kickstarter campaign is offering a solution by producing sturdy grass straws that work perfectly in hot or cold drinks and decompose in just 15 days. With $3606 raised, the startup La Couleur Monochrome is still working toward a $27,877 goal, but you can back this project until January 31. For as little as $6, you can receive 100 straws in a reusable, eco-friendly zip-up bag, and the more expensive tiers offer bigger rewards.

The straws are made from hollow-stemmed grass that is grown and hand-harvested in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. After the grass is harvested, it is cut into 20-centimeter pieces and disinfected through a boiling process, rather than with harsh chemicals. Buyers have the option of selecting either dried-out straws, which can last for up to one year when stored at room temperature, or fresh straws, which can remain in the fridge for up to six weeks. According to the startup, both straws are suited for hot and cold drinks, but when using the fresh straws, you’ll get “a slight scent of fresh cut grass without changing the drink's taste.”

Grass straws
Kickstarter

If you’re worried about the environmental impact of harvesting the field, there’s no need. According to the campaign, the grass regenerates itself within a year. Currently, the startup is producing 1 million straws a month, but they hope to up it to 10 million by July 2020. Also beginning in July, the company plans to only send out orders once a month to create a more sustainable shipping program.

With so many large-scale changes that need to happen to help the environment, starting with a simple straw may seem inconsequential, but it’s not. Estimates have put the number of straws littering the world's coastlines at anywhere from 437 million to 8.3 billion.

If you want to visualize how much plastic humans have produced, it's equivalent to 25,000 Empire State Buildings or 80 million blue whales. And of all that plastic, only 9 percent has been recycled. At this pace, some have predicted that the amount of plastic in the ocean may outweigh the ocean's fish by 2050.

Cutting out straws is a great way to start reducing single-use products in your everyday life, and you can head here to find out more about the Kickstarter.

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