Don't Miss Out on Thursday's Best Amazon Deals

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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 12.

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

RAVPower Galaxy S8 Fast Wireless Chargers 2 Coils QI Wireless Charging Pad Quick Charge for Samsung S8 Plus S7 S7 Edge S6 and All Qi-Enabled Devices for $16.99 (list price $65.99)

Arteck HB030B Universal Slim Portable Wireless Bluetooth 3.0 7-Colors Backlit Keyboard with Built in Rechargeable Battery, Black for $20.99 (list price $79.99)

iPhone 6, 6s Wallet Case | Durable and Slim | Lightweight with Classic Design & Ultra-Strong Magnetic Closure | Faux Leather | Dark Brown ||Apple 6/6s (4.7 in) for $19.99 (list price $49.99)

Apple Leather Case for iPhone 7 Plus - Saddle Brown for $38.99 (list price $49.00)

Anker SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker with 24-Hour Playtime, 66-Foot Bluetooth Range & Built-in Mic, Dual-Driver Portable Wireless Speaker with Low Harmonic Distortion and Superior Sound - Black for $29.99 (list price $79.99)

Sennheiser CX 5.00i Black In-Ear Canal Headset for $58.74 (list price $89.95)

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless – NoiseGard Adaptive Noise Cancelling, Bluetooth Headphone with Touch Sensitive Control and 30-Hour Battery Life for $318.00 (list price $399.95)

RIF6 CUBE Pico Projector with 120 Inch Display - 2 Inch Mobile Portable Mini Projector 20,000 Hour LED Compatible with HDMI Devices Phones Laptops Tablets and Gaming Consoles - Includes Mini Tripod for $249.95 (list price $299.00)

Samsung UN50J5000 50-Inch 1080p LED TV (2015 Model) for $477.99 (list price $799.99)

Cord Organizer, Earbud Holder, Leather Cord Organizer, Leather Cable Holder, Earphone Holder, Cable Organizer, Genuine Leather Cord Organizer (3 in 1 Packaging) for $7.49 (list price $19.99)

Logitech G Pro Gaming FPS Mouse with Advanced Gaming Sensor for Competitive Play for $49.99 (list price $69.99)

Logitech G Pro Gaming FPS Mouse with Advanced Gaming Sensor for Competitive Play for $49.99 (list price $69.99)

iPhone 6 / 6s Battery Case, Anker Ultra Slim Extended Battery Case for iPhone 6 / 6s (4.7 inch) with 2850mAh Capacity / 120% Extra Battery [Apple MFi Certified] (Black) for $55.99 (list price $112.00)

KITCHEN

T-fal A821SA Initiatives Nonstick Inside and Out Dishwasher Safe Oven Safe Cookware Set, 10-Piece, Charcoal for $40.05 (list price $66.03)

Amagabeli 8"x6" Stainless Steel 316L Cast Iron Cleaner Chainmail Scrubber for Cast Iron Pan Pre-Seasoned Pan Dutch Ovens Waffle Iron Pans Scraper Cast Iron Grill Scraper Skillet Scraper for $13.99 (list price $34.99)

Zojirushi NHS-06 3-Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cooker for $38.24 (list price $44.99)

Zojirushi SL-JAE14SA Mr. Bento Stainless Steel Lunch Jar, Silver for $35.99 (list price $66.00)

Zojirushi SM-SC36HM Stainless Mug, Slate Gray for $25.76 (list price $40.00)

Hamilton Beach 33473 Programmable Slow Cooker, 7-Quart, Silver for $31.99 (list price $39.00)

Avocado set ● 2 in 1 Avocado cutter – Avocado slicer ● Avocado saver ● Orange peeler ● Bonus – Kitchen towel for $12.99 (list price $24.99)

Vremi 5 Piece Cheese Grater Set with Container - Microplane Zester Parmesan Cheese Shredder Vegetable Slicer Cheese Graters - Fine and Coarse Metal Hand Cheese Grater Adjustable Hard Cheese Slicer for $10.00 (list price $34.99)

Kinzi Tri-Blade Vegetable and Fruit Spiral Slicer Chopper, Veggie Pasta Spaghetti Maker for $21.99 (list price $49.99)

Pre Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet (12.5 inch) by Utopia Kitchen for $25.99 (list price $99.99)

Cuisinart AMB-14PP Chef's Classic Nonstick Bakeware 14-Inch Pizza Pan for $12.35 (list price $26.00)

NINESTARS DZT-80-4 The Original Touchless Automatic Motion Sensor Trash Can, 21 Gal. / 80 L., Stainless Steel for $71.83 (list price $80.73)

Bellemain Heavy Duty Aluminum Half Sheet Pan, 18" x 13" x 1" for $12.50 (list price $32.95)

Sweet Course 12" Large Round Cake Carrier - Airtight Container for $20.88 (list price $29.99)

HOME

MidWest Quiet Time Pet Bed Deluxe Gray Ombre Swirl 40"x 27" for $19.61 (list price $29.34)

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

Sherpa Throw Blanket Navy Blue 50x60 Reversible Fuzzy Microfiber All Season Blanket for Bed or Couch by Bedsure for $23.99 (list price $39.99)

Adams Manufacturing 8500-48-3700 Plastic Quik-Fold Side Table, White for $10.38 (list price $24.99)

AmazonBasics-Wall Mounted Coat Rack, Light Walnut for $19.99 (list price $21.99)

Bedside Storage Organizer/ Beside Caddy / Table cabinet Storage Organizer for tablet Magazine Phone Remotes - All Within Arms Reach (Coffee) for $7.90 (list price $15.98)

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

LED String Lights 33 ft with 100 LEDs, TaoTronics Waterproof Decorative Lights for Bedroom, Patio, Parties ( Copper Wire Lights, Warm White ) for $14.49 (list price $29.99)

Laundry Backpack 2 Strong Shoulder Straps Wash Laundry Washing Bag for Dorm-room Laundry Bag, 25" X 31" (Brown) for $16.99 (list price $39.99)

ClosetMaid (421) Cubeicals Organizer, 9-Cube - White for $38.96 (list price $49.06)

Zinus 18 Inch Premium SmartBase Mattress Foundation / 4 Extra Inches high for Under-bed Storage / Platform Bed Frame / Box Spring Replacement / Strong / Sturdy / Quiet Noise-Free, Full for $82.16 (list price $99.99)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Boss Office Products B8601 High Back No Tools Required LeatherPlus Chair in Black for $83.43 (list price $139.84)

Flash Furniture Mid-Back Black Mesh Swivel Task Chair with Arms for $37.13 (list price $65.14)

SINGER 4423 Heavy Duty Model Sewing Machine for $118.23 (list price $168.49)

Axess Desk - Modern Design - Keyboard Tray and One Drawer - Black - by South Shore for $99.99 (list price $112.50) Bonsaii DocShred C156-D 12-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder with 5.5 Gallon Wastebasket Capacity and Window for $55.99 (list price $90.00)

Magnetic Dry Erase Calendar White Board Monthly Weekly Planner 2017 With Markers Magnets Set (15.7" x 11.8") for $13.99 (list price $29.99)

Deco Brothers Stackable Mesh Desk Convertible Organizer, Black for $22.87 (list price $35.99)

Mity-Lite Flex One Folding Chair, Black, 4-Pack for $106.57 (list price $127.53)

MontBlanc Meisterstuck Platinum Line Classique Ballpoint Pen - Black for $254.75 (list price $440.00)

Tomons Swing Arm Desk Lamp, Natural Wood Designer Table Lamp for Living Room, Bedroom, Studio, Study and Office - Green for $29.99 (list price $57.99)

FlexiSpot Standing Desk - 35" wide platform Height Adjustable Stand up Desk Riser with Removable Keyboard Tray (M2B-M-SIZE) for $289.99 (list price $375.99)

Brother P-touch PTD400AD Label Maker With AC Adapter for $53.62 (list price $59.99)

Vankey Keyboard Wrist Rest Pad and Mouse Silica Gel Wrist Rest Support with Memory Foam for Computer and Laptop for $9.99 (list price $29.99)

Pro Art 18-Piece Sketch/Draw Pencil Set for $6.26 (list price $9.95)

BIC Round Stic Xtra Life Ball Pen, Medium Point (1.0 mm), Black, 36-Count for $4.99 (list price $10.25)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Sunbeam 885-911 Renue Heat Therapy Neck and Shoulder Wrap, Green for $26.39 (list price $37.03)

Conair Vagabond Compact 1875 Watt Folding Handle Hair Dryer; Teal for $12.99 (list price $17.49)

GREEN TEA DETOX FACE MASK By Teami | Our 100% Best Facial Care Mud Masks with Bentonite Clay for a Natural, Hydrating Cleanse of Dry Skin that Removes Blemishes | Antioxidant, Moisturizing, Anti-aging for $24.95 (list price $35.99)

AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream, 3.4 fl oz for $18.00 (list price $23.00)

AHAVA Time to Hydrate Essential Day Moisturizer for Normal to Dry Skin, 1.7 fl. oz. for $33.75 (list price $42.00)

Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream, 0.5 Ounces for $9.99 (list price $17.99)

American Crew Molding Clay, 3 Ounce for $8.10 (list price $16.96)

Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil Unisex, 5 Ounce for $52.00 (list price $64.99)

Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Shampoo, 10 Ounce for $32.29 (list price $48.00)

Pacific Shaving Company Caffeinated Shaving Cream, Best Shave Cream for Men and Women - Helps Reduce Appearance of Razor Burn, Naturally Derived Caffeine, Safe Ingredients, Travel/TSA Friendly for $5.49 (list price $7.99)

Neutrogena Naturals Acne Spot Treatment, .75 Oz for $6.39 (list price $8.99)

SKINFUN IPX7 Waterproof Facial Cleansing Brush Body and Face Scrubber Skin Microdermabrasion Exfoliator and Massager Bi-directional Rotation with 5 Brush Heads for $18.99 (list price $41.99)

BESTOPE Blackhead Remover Pimple Comedone Extractor Tool Best Acne Removal Kit - Treatment for Blemish, Whitehead Popping, Zit Removing for Risk Free Nose Face Skin with Metal Case for $8.29 (list price $15.69)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Sandusky Lee CW3418 Muscle Carts Steel Utility Garden Wagon, 400 lb. Load Capacity, 21-3/4" Height x 34" Length x 18" Width for $47.07 (list price $69.88)

GreenWorks 21212 4Amp 13-Inch Corded String Trimmer for $23.58 (list price $49.99)

Aqua Quest Kona Pouch Running Belt - Water Resistant - Black for $22.55 (list price $33.95)

Coleman 24-Hour 30-Can Cooler for $14.20 (list price $19.97)

Thermos Intak 24 Ounce Hydration Bottle with Meter, Purple for $11.96 (list price $14.99)

Garmin vívosmart HR+ Regular Fit Activity Tracker - Black for $169.99 (list price $199.99)

TheraBand Exercise and Stability Ball for Improved Posture, Balance, Core Fitness, Coordination, Yoga, Pilates, Core Stability, Rehab, Pro Series SCP Slow Deflate Burst Resistant for (list price )

WODFitters Textured Leather Hand Grips For Cross Training, Kettlebells, Powerlifting, Chin Ups, Pull Ups, WODs & Gymnastics - One pair with Carrying Pouch (Grey, Medium - Fits 4" to 4 3/4") for $14.99 (list price $29.99)

TuneBand for iPhone 7, Premium Sports Armband with Two Straps and Two Screen Protectors, BLACK for $21.99 (list price $29.99)

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)

Large Bed Tray NNEWVANTE Laptop Desk Lap Desk Foldable Portable Standing Outdoor Camping Table, Breakfast Reading Tray Holder for Couch Floor Students Kids Young Color(Gentleman Black) for $24.99 (list price $32.99)

Sun Joe MJ401E Mow Joe 14-Inch 12 Amp Electric Lawn Mower With Grass Bag for $54.00 (list price $93.86)

Extra Large Picnic & Outdoor Blanket Dual Layers For Outdoor Water-Resistant Handy Mat Tote Spring Summer Blue and White Striped Great for the Beach,Camping on Grass Waterproof Sandproof (SC-CM-01) for $15.99 (list price $29.99)

STIGA Advantage Table Tennis Table for $399.99 (list price $449.99)

TOOLS

GlowGeek Electronic Digital Caliper Inch/Metric/Fractions Conversion 0-6 Inch/150 mm Stainless Steel Body Orange/Black Extra Large LCD Screen Auto Off Featured Measuring Tool for $21.99 (list price $59.99)

Megapro 211R2C36RD 13-In-1 Ratcheting Driver, Red for $27.67 (list price $37.96)

SE RA9228 228-Piece Rotary Tool Accessories Kit for $17.92 (list price $24.99)

Louisville Ladder FE3228 Fiberglass Extension Ladder 300-Pound Capacity, 28-Feet for $328.37 (list price $360.90)

First Alert FE3A40GR Heavy Duty Plus Fire Extinguisher Red for $55.99 (list price $69.99)

Hyde Tool 06986 2-1/2-Inch Stiff 6-In-1 Multi-Tool for $7.74 (list price $9.75)

Stanley FMHT51249 FATMAX Anti Vibe Nailing Hammer, 14-Ounce for $32.52 (list price $34.99)

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

Stanley STHT55135 Pry Bar Set for $10.70 (list price $16.00)

TEKTON Long Arm Hex Key Wrench Set, Inch/Metric, 26-Piece | 25252 for $13.19 (list price $14.99)

Jeronic 11-Inch Folding Step Stool Holds up to 300 lb for $9.95 (list price $16.99)

Monkey Hook Picture Hanger Home and Office Pack, 30 pc set for $11.24 (list price $19.75)

Stanley 43-511 Magnetic Shock Resistant Torpedo Level for $6.24 (list price $9.53)

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)

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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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