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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, October 4.

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

Apple iPad Air MD786LL/A - A1474 (32GB, Wi-Fi, Black with Space Gray) (Certified Refurbished) for $239.99 (list price $349.95)

Universal USB Charging Station, eSamcore 6-Port USB Docking Station [Fast Charging] Multiple Devices for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Tablets, Kindle & Nintendo Switch [White/Green] for $17.99 (list price $65.99)

Neewer Professional 61 inches/155 centimeters Aluminum Alloy Video Camera Tripod with 360 Degree Fluid Drag Head,1/4 and 3/8-inch Quick Release Plate and Bubble Level,Load up to 26 pounds/12 kilograms for $99.99 (list price $107.61)

GermGuardian AC5350B Elite 4-in-1 Air Cleaning System with True HEPA Filter, UV-C Sanitizer, Allergen and Odor Reduction, 28-Inch Digital Air Purifier for $119.00 (list price $142.99)

ActionPie VJJB-V1S High Resolution Heavy Bass In-ear Headphones with Mic for SmartPhones for $19.99 (list price $13.00)

Etekcity Smart Plug Mini Outlet with Energy Monitoring (2 Pack), Works with Amazon Alexa Echo, No Hub Required, 1 Minute to Set Up, WiFi Enabled, White for $34.90 (list price $56.99)

Tablet Stand Multi-Angle, Lamicall iPad Stand : Desktop Holder Dock for iPad mini Air 2 3 4 Pro, iPhone 5 6 7 Plus, Nintendo Switch, Nexus, Accessories, Samsung and Other Tablets (4-13 inch) - Silver for $16.14 (list price $69.99)

Car Mount, 2 Clamps Long Arm Universal Windshield Dashboard Car Phone Mount Holder Cradle for iphone 7 Plus 6 6s Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7 S6 Edge, HTC, LG and Most Type of Cell Phone - by Newward for $14.99 (list price $33.99)

TaoTronics Bluetooth 4.1 Transmitter / Receiver, 2-in-1 Wireless 3.5mm Adapter (aptX Low Latency, 2 Devices Simultaneously, For TV / Home Sound System) for $28.89 (list price $33.99)

Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale with Step-On Technology, 440 Pounds, Body Tape Measure Included, Elegant Black (Black) for $22.89 (list price $69.99)

Aberg Best 21 Mega Pixels 2.7" LCD Rechargeable HD Digital Camera - Digital video camera - Students cameras - Handheld Sized Digital Camcorder Indoor Outdoor for Adult /Seniors / Kids (Silver) for $39.00 (list price $45.00)

iPad Pro 10.5 Screen Protector Glass [2 Pack],Yoozon [Apple Pencil Compatible] Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Inch for $9.95 (list price $59.99)

CMC Portable Bluetooth 3 Stereo Speed Turntable with Built in Speakers, Vintage Style Vinyl Record Player, Black for $85.99 (list price $119.99)

USB Desk Fan Bengoo Table Portable Fan with Clip Feature and 360 Degree Rotation Design, Operated by Rechargeable Battery for Cooling, Baby Stroller, Personal Use, Travelling, Camping, Office, Home for $19.99 (list price $49.99)

Projector, Cozyswan GP9 Support 1080P HDMI 1500 Luminous LCD Mini Projector for Outdoor Indoor Movie, Home Theater for $99.99 (list price $159.99)

KITCHEN

Pancake & Cupcake Batter Dispenser - Perfect Baking Tool for Cupcakes, Waffles, Muffin Mix, Crepes, Cake or Any Baked Goods - KPKitchen Easy Pour Home Food Gadget - Bakeware Maker with Measuring Label for $15.99 (list price $23.99)

Chef Knife, beegod Pro 8-Inch Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife for Professional Chef for Easy Hand-held for $25.99 (list price $129.99)

Ado Glo Kitchen Shears - Stainless Steel Multi-Function Kitchen Scissors with Sharp Blade - Professional Poultry Shears for $12.95 (list price $49.99)

O-Cedar Heavy Duty Scrunge Scrub Sponge (Pack of 6) for $8.99 (list price $9.99)

Cheese-Grater-Vegetable-Slicer Stainless Steel - 6-sides , 9.5 Inch Height, Rubber Handle, Non Slip Rubber Bottom by Utopia Kitchen for $11.04 (list price $19.99)

Rubbermaid Brilliance Salad/Snack Lunch Storage Container Combo Kit, 100% Leak-Proof, Plastic, Clear for $14.94 (list price $22.99)

Jecobi Double-Wall Insulated Coffee Mug Glass Tea Espresso Cups Set of 2 - 8.5-Ounce for $17.59 (list price $23.95)

Heavy Duty Stainless Steel - Multi-Purpose, Pastry / Bench Scraper & Chopper With Ruler...By Sunsella for $8.95 (list price $12.95)

Melissa & Doug Stir and Serve Cooking Utensils (7 pcs) - Stainless Steel and Wood for $10.99 (list price $12.99)

Weber 6417 All-Purpose Summit Drip Pan, 10-Pack for $10.99 (list price $15.99)

Cook N Home 12-Inch Stir Fry Pan Wok Pan 30cm with Non-Stick Coating Induction Compatible Bottom, Large, Green for $19.27 (list price $24.16)

Silicone Basting Brush Set - MISUNDER 2017 Pastry Oil Brush, Set of 8, JA-003 for $7.99 (list price $18.99)

Steak Knives, MCIRCO 18/10 Heavy-Duty Stainless Steel Steak Knife Set of 8 for Chefs Commercial Kitchen - Great For BBQ Weddings - Dinners - Parties All Homes & Kitchens for $13.99 (list price $22.59)

HOME

Dyson V6 Slim Vacuum Cleaner, Blue (Certified Refurbished) for $179.25 (list price $249.00)

GreenForest Acrylic Dining Side Chairs Transparent Clear Seat with Strong Metal Legs, Set of 4 for $167.99 (list price $317.99)

BuLuTu Pineapple Print Pattern Premium Cotton Twin Bedding Collections With 4 Corner Ties Bedding Duvet Cover Sets For Boys Girls White(No Comforter) for $48.99 (list price $98.99)

AUKEY Table Lamp, Touch Sensor Bedside Lamps + Dimmable Warm White Light & Color Changing RGB for Bedrooms for $25.99 (list price $39.99)

mDesign Fabric Baby Nursery Closet Organizer for Clothes, Towels, Socks, Shoes - Set of 2, Large, 5 Compartments, Gray for $12.99 (list price $12.99)

Clothes, Blanket Storage, Anti-mold, Breathable Material, Household Home Organizers Tidy Up Your Closets, Shelves, Blankets, Linen Cloth Create Extra Storage Space, Eco-friendly, Transparent Window for $9.99 (list price $15.99)

Sinland Premium Microfiber Washcloth Waffle Weave Facial Cleansing Cloth Face Cloth and Body Cloths 6 Pack 13 Inch X 13 Inch White for $10.29 (list price $20.00)

Fonder Mols Unpainted Natural Round Blank Wood Slices (Pack of 50) for $15.88 (list price $15.88)

Munchkin Auto Close Designer Baby Gate, Dark Wood/Silver for $50.19 (list price $79.99)

Rubbermaid Commercial Slim Jim Recycling Container with Venting Channels, Plastic, 23 Gallons, Blue (354007BE) for $40.81 (list price $49.24)

Best Price Mattress New Innovated Box Spring Metal Bed Frame, Queen for $77.00 (list price $85.70)

WEEKENDER Quilted Down Alternative Hotel-Style Comforter - Use as Duvet Insert or Stand-Alone Comforter - Hypoallergenic - Great for All Seasons - Corner Duvet Tabs - Oversized King - Classic White for $54.99 (list price $99.99)

Light Accents Table Lamp Natural Wooden Base with Linen Shade for $26.95 (list price $29.95)

Teepee PLAY10 4-Panel Play Tent Classic Indian Playhouse with 4 Wooden Poles for Kids Indoor and Outdoor Play-Orange for $42.99 (list price $42.99)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Arteza Real Brush Pens - 48-Colors - Watercolor Markers - (Set of 48) for $41.98 (list price $119.99)

Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Black, 12 Count for $5.86 (list price $6.72)

Panasonic KX-TGE232B Cordless Phone, 2 Handsets for $55.63 (list price $69.95)

EXPO Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 15-Piece Set for $13.97 (list price $20.07)

Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 60 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks for $16.55 (list price $18.39)

Writing Essentials Kit: Sharpie Markers & Highlighters, Paper Mate Pens, EXPO Dry Erase & More, 20 Count for $9.99 (list price $21.99)

Swingline GBC Laminator, Inspire, Thermal, 9 inch Max Width, Quick Warm-Up (1701855) for $22.99 (list price $34.90)

uni-ball 207 Impact Retractable Gel Pens, Bold Point (1.0mm), Black, 12 Count for $18.17 (list price $23.63)

Sticky Notes,Memo Self-Stick Notes 3x3,12 Pads/Pack, 100Sheets/Pad,1200Sheets, 6 Assorted Bright Colors(Rose Red Pink Yellow Green Blue Orang),Individual Package for $15.99 (list price $20.00)

Dland Laptop Stand Adjustable 31.4" Medium Size Computer Standing Desk Portable Cart Tray Side Table with Wheels for Bed Sofa Hospital Reading Eating, Black for $54.99 (list price $89.00)

TOPS Time Cards, Bi-Weekly, 2-Sided, Numbered Days, 3-1/2" x 9", Manila, Green/Red Print, 500-Count (1275) for $18.15 (list price $22.93)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Pure Body Naturals Essential Oils Gift Set, Lavender/Tea Tree/Eucalyptus/Lemongrass/Orange/Peppermint, 6 count - 10 ml for $11.21 (list price $17.95)

Pure Body Naturals Undiluted Essential Peppermint Oil, 4 fl. oz. for $14.95 (list price $14.95)

Himalayan Salt Body Scrub with Lychee Essential Oil from Majestic Pure, All Natural Scrub to Exfoliate & Moisturize Skin, 12 oz for $12.95 (list price $21.50)

Optimum Probiotics: Deep Immune System Support - With Patented Prebiotic (Probiotic Booster) - Nutritional Supplement for Women and for Men - Effective in Small Doses Within Hours for $22.48 (list price $69.97)

Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc5 Electric Razor, Men's 5-Blade Cordless with Shave Sensor Technology and Wet/Dry Convenience, Premium Automatic Clean & Charge Station Included for $199.99 (list price $249.99)

Panasonic Compact Hair Dryer with Folding Handle and Nanoe Technology for Smoother, Shinier Hair, 0.82 Pound for $83.70 (list price $99.99)

Caswell-Massey Almond Shave Cream Tube, 4 Ounce for $12.64 (list price $16.00)

Syntus Himalayan Salt Lamp Natural Crystal Salt Light Glow Hand Carved Night Lights Wall light with UL Listed Plug for Lighting, Decoration and Air Purifying for $12.99 (list price $21.99)

HOMEIDEAS Drying Skin Body Bath Brush Shower Back Brushing Dry Remove Dead Skin 100% Natural Boar Bristle with 15.4 Inch Long Removable Wooden Handle for $8.99 (list price $29.98)

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

Colgate Max Fresh Wisp Disposable Travel Toothbrush, Peppermint - 24 Count for $6.99 (list price $7.99)

Safety Razor for Men, Ocathnon Double Edge Razor Blades Razor Stand Plus Gift Box for Mens Shaving as Fathers Day Gift for $25.99 (list price $59.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Mountaintop 60L Internal Frame Backpack Hiking Backpacking Packs with Rain Cover YKK zipper buckle-M6012 for $69.99 (list price $69.99)

adidas Gymball, Black, 65cm for $15.99 (list price $19.99)

CAP Barbell Elastic Resistant Band with Handles for $9.99 (list price $15.00)

CAP Rubber Medicine Ball Set with Rack for $179.00 (list price $211.18)

Fuel Pureformance 3-in-1 Foam Plyo Jumping Box for $129.00 (list price $150.00)

Reebok Pilates Mat, Dark Gray for $34.99 (list price $39.99)

Tone Fitness Pink/black Aerobic Stepper for $19.99 (list price $23.99)

APIE Wireless Sports Bluetooth V4.1 Headphones Sweatproof Running Exercise Stereo with Mic Earbuds Earphones for Iphone and Android Phones for $16.99 (list price $159.99)

Aduro Sport Bicycle Bike Storage Bag Triangle Saddle Frame Strap-On Pouch for Cycling (Grey) for $9.97 (list price $29.99)

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

Skywalker Trampolines Jump N' Dunk Trampoline with Safety Enclosure and Basketball Hoop, Blue, 15-Feet for $299.99 (list price $349.00)

WACOOL 3L 3Liter 100oz BPA Free EVA Hydration Pack Bladder , Leak-proof Water Reservoir for $16.99 (list price $49.99)

Cool Towel Sweat Absorbent Lightweight Breathable Soft UV Protection Fast Cooling for Hot Yoga Golf Hiking Running and Simple Snap to Reactivate Cool Gray 16x40 Inch for $7.97 (list price $29.99)

TOOLS

UBANTE Measuring Tape Measure 1-Inch x 25-Foot(7.5m) Retractable Heavy Duty with Magnetic Hook, Metric and Inches Measurement - Professional Ruler For Carpenter, Construction, DIY Measurement for $14.99 (list price $29.99)

General Tools 29 Plastic Protractor and Angle Finder with Articulating Arms for $3.99 (list price $5.74)

BLACK+DECKER LCS36 Maximum Fast Charger, 40-volt for $45.98 (list price $59.98)

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

75 Pcs Junior Tool Kit Constructions Toys Pretend Play Educational Toys for Kids Repairing Tools with Electronic Drill for Kids and Workbench for $19.99 (list price $49.98)

CUH Cordless Power Scrubber with Rechargeable Battery for Bathroom Kitchen 6 Brushes 1 Scouring Pad for $39.99 (list price $99.99)

TEKTON 1/4-Inch Drive Socket Set, Inch/Metric, 6-Point, 5/32-Inch - 9/16-Inch, 5 mm - 14 mm, 51-Piece | 13001 for $35.09 (list price $44.99)

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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