You Won't Want to Miss Today'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 18.

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

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones for $99.00 (list price $139.00)

Blue Mo-Fi Powered High-Fidelity Headphones with Integrated Audiophile Amplifier for $279.00 (list price $349.99)

Sony a5100 16-50mm Mirrorless Digital Camera with 3-Inch Flip Up LCD (Black) for $498.00 (list price $598.00)

Canon EOS 80D Digital SLR Kit with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilization USM Lens (Black) for $1,499.00 (list price $1,799.00)

Panasonic HC-V770 HD Camcorder with Wireless Smartphone Twin Video Capture for $447.99 (list price $599.99)

Certified Refurbished Kindle Voyage E-reader with Special Offers, Wi-Fi for $152.99 (list price $169.99)

Amazon Tap - Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth Speaker for $79.99 (list price $129.99)

NEW fireCable PowerPlus | Powers Any HDMI Streaming Device from TV | Universally Compatible w/ All Streaming Devices, HDMI Streaming Sticks, Firestick, etc.. for $12.99 (list price $16.00)

Zookki Accessories Kit for GoPro Hero 5 4 3+ 3 2 1 SJ4000 SJ5000 Camera, Black - Silver for $12.99 (list price $89.99)

Victure Action Camera 1080P 12MP Waterproof Sports Camera 30M Underwater Diving Camera Action Cam with 170 Wide Angle and Rechargeable Battery for $39.99 (list price $79.99)

Certified Refurbished Echo Dot (2nd Generation) - Black for $37.99 (list price $44.99)

iPhone 8, 7, 6S, 6, Screen Protector Glass, amFilm iPhone 8, 7 Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Apple iPhone 8, 7, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6 2017 2016, 2015 (2-Pack) for $6.79 (list price $29.99)

Speed Cube, Suvevic 3x3x3 Sticker Speed Cube Smooth Magic Cube Puzzle (enhanced version) for $8.99 (list price $19.99)

KITCHEN

Cast Iron Cleaner. Steel Scrubber - Cookware Cleaner For Skillet, Wok, Pot, Pan | Hygenic Option to Scouring Pad | Does Not Rust like Steel Wool | Home & Camping | Protects Cookware Seasoning for $13.97 (list price $49.99)

Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids Food Storage Container, 42-Piece Set, Red for $17.89 (list price $23.38)

Kitchen Utensils - 8 Piece Cooking Utensils - Nonstick Utensil Set - Silicone and Stainless Steel Kit - For Pots and Pans - Serving Tongs, Spoon, Spatula Tools, Pasta Server, Ladle, Strainer, Whisk for $24.95 (list price $79.99)

Instant Read Meat Thermometer For Grill And Cooking. UPGRADED MODEL NOW WITH MAGNET AND CALIBRATION FEATURE. Best Ultra Fast Digital Kitchen Probe. Includes Internal BBQ Meat Temperature Guide for $17.97 (list price $29.97)

Culinary Torch - Creme Brulee Torch - Kitchen Torch - Best Creme Brulee Torch - Food Torch - Cooking Torch - Cooking Blow Torch - Brulee Torch - Butane Torch For Cooking - Blow Torch (Silver) for $19.99 (list price $19.99)

Nano Towels - Amazing Eco Fabric That Cleans Virtually Any Surface With Only Water. No More Paper Towels Or Toxic Chemicals. Save Money, Clean Faster & Easier and Make Your Home Safer & Healthier 4 Ct for $24.90 (list price $34.99)

Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry Oval Slow Cooker with Digital Timer, Red for $39.99 (list price $59.99)

OTHERMAX Stainless Steel Kitchen Funnel with Detachable Strainer/Filter for Transferring of Liquid, Fluid, Dry Ingredients and Powder, 5-Inch Food Grade Metal Funnel for Cooking, Silver for $9.98 (list price $29.98)

bubba Envy S Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Tumbler, 24 oz. Smoke for $8.99 (list price $14.94)

FoodSaver FM2435-ECR Vacuum Sealing System with Bonus Handheld Sealer and Starter Kit, Silver for $88.98 (list price $129.99)

Kootek 42 Pieces Cake Decorating Supplies Kit with 36 Icing Tips, 2 Silicone Pastry Bags, 2 Flower Nails, 2 Reusable Plastic Couplers Baking Supplies Frosting Tools Set for Cupcakes Cookies for $9.99 (list price $16.99)

Syntus 2 Pack Adjustable Bib Apron Waterdrop Resistant with 2 Pockets Cooking Kitchen Aprons for Women Men Chef, Black for $9.99 (list price $19.99)

HOME

ThermoPro TP60 Digital Hygrometer Indoor Outdoor Thermometer Humidity Monitor with Temperature Gauge Humidity Meter, Wireless Outdoor Hygrometer, 200ft/60m Range for $17.99 (list price $39.99)

AmazonBasics Velvet Suit Hangers, 50-Pack, Ivory/Beige for $19.99 (list price $23.99)

Yimobra Bathtub and Shower Mat Extra Long Machine Washable Anti Bacterial Large 40 x W 16 Inch Clear Purple for $10.96 (list price $18.00)

Queen Size Sheet Set - 6 Piece Set - Hotel Luxury Bed Sheets - Extra Soft - Deep Pockets - Easy Fit - Breathable & Cooling Sheets - Wrinkle Free - Comfy - Purple Plum Bed Sheets - Queens Sheets - 6 PC for $35.99 (list price $75.00)

URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser 130ml Wood Grain Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser with Adjustable Mist Mode Waterless Auto Shut-off humidifier and 7 Color Changing LED Lights for Home Office Baby for $19.99 (list price $49.99)

Cloth Storage Bins, MaidMAX Set of 6 Nonwoven Foldable Collapsible Organizers Basket Cubes with Dual Plastic Handles for Gift, Black for $22.99 (list price $26.00)

Cr Sleep Ventilated Memory Foam Bed Pillow with AirCell Technology, Standard, 1-Pack for $25.49 (list price $89.99)

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright Vacuum, White and Silver (NV370) for $149.99 (list price $199.99)

Handheld Vacuum, HoLife Hand held Cordless 14.8V Lithium with Quick Charge Tech and Cyclonic Suction, Black for $50.99 (list price $159.99)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Permanent Adhesive Backed Vinyl Sheets by EZ Craft USA - 12” x 12” - 40 Sheets Assorted Colors Works With Cricut and Other Cutters for $18.99 (list price $44.99)

BIC Xtra-Sparkle Mechanical Pencil, Medium Point (0.7 mm), 24-Count for $4.09 (list price $5.46)

TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp, Dimmable LED Table Lamp, Cool White Reading Light, Eye-caring Book Light (3-Level Dimmer, Touch-Sensitive Control, Night Light, Glossy Black, 6W) for $14.99 (list price $39.99)

Airbay Liquid Chalk Markers, Washable Pens Amazing Neon Color Pens Reversible Bullet And Chisel Tip ,Brand New Revolutionary Cap, 10 Colored for $11.92 (list price $28.96)

Rolodex Mesh Collection Stacking Sorter, 5-Section, Black (22141) for $12.49 (list price $13.89)

Shuttle Art 136 Colored Pencils, Soft Core Color Pencil Set for Adult Coloring Books Artist Drawing Sketching Crafting for $17.99 (list price $39.00)

LEPOWER Clip on Light / Reading Light/ Light Color Changeable/ Night Light Clip on for Desk, Bed Headboard and Computers (Black) for $15.99 (list price $39.99)

Sharpie Permanent Markers, Ultra Fine Point, Black, 12 Count for $6.06 (list price $7.79)

VicTsing 2.4G Slim Wireless Mouse with Nano Receiver, Noiseless and Silent Click with 1600 DPI for PC, Laptop, Tablet, Computer, and Mac, White and Silver for $7.99 (list price $12.99)

VicTsing Mouse Pad with Gel Wrist Rest, Non-Slip PU Base Wrist Rest Pad for Gaming Typist Office, Black for $8.49 (list price $12.99)

mDesign Wall Mount/Over the Door Fabric Office Supplies Storage Organizer for Notebooks, Planners, File Folders - 4 Pockets, Gray for $12.71 (list price $14.99)

Bostitch Ascend 3 in 1 Stapler with Integrated Remover & Staple Storage, Blue (B210-BLUE) for $3.75 (list price $6.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Mario Badescu Protein Night Cream, 1 oz. for $20.00 (list price $22.00)

Bumble and bumble Sumowax 1.8oz for $26.10 (list price $28.00)

Kyoku For Men Exfoliating Facial Scrub | Kyoku For Men Face Scrub, A Gentle Acne Treatment For Men (3.4oz) for $12.00 (list price $18.00)

Taylor Of Old Bond Street Shaving Cream Sandalwood, 2.5-Ounce for $10.00 (list price $20.28)

Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Aftershave for $34.07 (list price $41.19)

John Masters Organics Men Eucalyptus & Agave 2-In-1 Moisturizer & Aftershave, 3 oz. for $24.80 (list price $29.01)

John Masters Organics Hair Reconstructor, Honey and Hibiscus, 4 Ounce for $21.99 (list price $28.00)

Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Liquid Soap - Tea Tree 32oz for $14.69 (list price $19.99)

Calily Life Organic Anti Fungal Tea Tree Body and Foot Scrub with Dead Sea Minerals, 24 Oz. – Exfoliating, Powerful Cleansing and Moisturizing - Helps Against Acne, Warts, Jock Itch, Cellulite, etc. for $11.95 (list price $18.95)

Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cucumber and Sage - 30 Count (Pack of 3) for $14.37 (list price $17.97)

Prophet and Tools 2 IN 1 Deluxe White Beard Balm-Wax For Styling - 60g Citrus Oil Scent, All-In-One Leave-in Conditioner, Softener, Hold and Faster Beard Growth - Organic For Men for $14.99 (list price $16.99)

Aria Starr Beauty Natural Dead Sea Mud Mask, 8.8 Ounce for $13.95 (list price $46.95)

Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream For Dry Skin, 3.5 Oz for $5.49 (list price $10.00)

Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash, 8 Ounces for $14.92 (list price $25.00)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Plantronics BackBeat FIT Wireless Bluetooth Headphones - Waterproof Earbuds with On-Ear Controls for Running and Workout, Sport Grey for $89.99 (list price $129.99)

JumpSport Fitness Trampoline Model 350 PRO — Professionals Choice — Quietest Bounce — Top Rated for Quality and Durability — 4 Music Workout Videos Included for $254.99 (list price $339.91)

Power Wheels Wild Thing, Orange for $199.99 (list price $249.99)

Power Wheels Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dune Racer for $209.97 (list price $289.99)

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

Patella Knee Strap for Knee Pain Relief for Hiking, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball & Squats (1 Piece), Pink for $9.99 (list price $9.99)

Gaiam Balance Ball Chair - Classic Yoga Ball Chair with 52cm Stability Ball, Pump & Exercise Guide for Home or Office, Black for $64.31 (list price $79.98)

Vbiger Hydration Pack with 3L Bladder Water Bag Great for Hunting Climbing Running and Hiking (Black , One Size) for $16.99 (list price $28.70)

Thermos Funtainer 12 Ounce Bottle, R2D2 for $11.09 (list price $17.99)

Kootek 2 Pack Hand Grip Strengthener Strength Trainer Adjustable Resistance 22-88 Lbs Arm Hand Exerciser Non-slip Gripper for Athletes Pianists Kids for $11.99 (list price $17.99)

LauKingdom Chefs Knife, High Carbon Stainless Steel Kitchen Gadgets Knife Sharpener, Full Tang Forged Blade Meat Knife with Wooden Handle for Home, Restaurant, Outdoor Cooking for $39.99 (list price $69.99)

TOOLS

Gonicc 8" Professional SK-5 Steel Blade Sharp Anvil Pruning Shears (GPPS-1001),Less effort. for $14.95 (list price $39.99)

Viking 912600 8-Way Heavy Duty Spray Nozzle for $6.06 (list price $6.99)

Fiskars 45mm Contour Rotary Cutter (195210-1001) for $9.79 (list price $18.02)

Damaged Screw Remover and Extractor Set by Moocom - Set of 4 Stripped Screw Removers for $10.99 (list price $10.99)

Buck Knives 0385BRS TOOTHPICK Folding Pocket Knife with Wood Handle for $10.39 (list price $13.36)

TEKTON Long Arm Hex Key Wrench Set, Star, T10-T50, 9-Piece | 25291 for $7.73 (list price $19.18)

BLACK+DECKER LHT2240CFF 40V MAX Cordless Hedge Trimmer, 22" for $91.98 (list price $99.99)

1/4" Drive Close Quarter Micro Bit Ratchet | ARES 70040 | This Mini Screwdriver has a High Torque 72-Tooth Gearhead, 5° Sweep & Magnetic Retention Bit Holder for $12.46 (list price $12.46)

BLACK+DECKER LCS40 40V MAX Fast Charger for $58.19 (list price $74.99)

Rubbermaid FastTrack Garage Storage System Vertical Bike Hook, 1784463 for $7.44 (list price $9.30)

Makita 195236-5 4-1/2-Inch - 5-Inch Dust Shroud for $44.99 (list price $72.00)

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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