This Cooling Body Pillow Is Designed to Be the Ultimate Accessory for Side-Sleepers

Clone Pillow
Clone Pillow

You don't necessarily need to upgrade your mattress to improve the quality of your sleep. If you're a side-sleeper who gets hot easily at night, or find that you wake up with aches and pains in the morning, then the Clone Pillow may be your path to a better night's sleep. The new cooling body pillow made with memory foam—currently available on Kickstarter—is specifically made to help people who sleep on their sides get the best rest possible.

Studies suggest that sleeping on your side might come with some health benefits—research shows that the position can combat mild sleep apnea and promote organ health—but it has its downsides, too: Without a cushion for your knees, sleeping on your side can cause aches and pains. And that's where the Clone Pillow comes in.

Person sleeping with body pillow.
Clone Pillow

Every element of the pillow is designed for comfort. The contoured shape fits snugly against your body, and the shredded memory foam filling supports your weight while you sleep on your side or in the fetal position. It can help support your body if you're pregnant, have an injury, deal with back pain, or just need something to curl up with at night.

The pillow is designed to keep you from overheating, too. The removable gel panel on the pillow's exterior stays cool even on warm nights, helping to regulate your body temperature and keep you comfortable in the heat. And if you ever want something with a different feel, the pillow also comes with a cotton case that zips over the gel layer.

If you're looking for a sleep accessory that will support you through the night, Clone Pillow has a little less than a month to go in its crowdfunding campaign. You can reserve your pillow with a pledge of $99 or more, with shipping scheduled for June.

Buy it on Kickstarter.

Woman in bed holding body pillow.
Clone Pillow

Put Shakespeare's Best Insults On a Poster, Coffee Mug, or Even Some Bandages

Take your insult inspiration from the master: William Shakespeare.
Take your insult inspiration from the master: William Shakespeare.
Curious Charts Commission/Three Rivers Press/Amazon

If you’ve ever struggled to find the words to describe how angry or frustrated someone is making you, perhaps William Shakespeare, iconic writer and master of insults, can help.

Adorned with 100 insults from the Bard's many works, this poster from Curious Charts Commission (Amazon, $25) is the perfect reference piece to hang in your home or office for when you're struggling to think of the perfect takedown for anyone who crosses you. To help you get started, the 18-inch-by-24-inch poster is broken up into sections that include food and drink; types of individuals; inanimate objects; bodily qualities; creatures; and—of course—personal attributes and traits. Once you’ve decided the optimal route to take, you have a wide array of put-downs to choose from, ranging from “Were I like thee, I’d throw away myself,” to slightly simpler ones like, “You egg!”

The only drawback to the poster is that you can't take it everywhere with you. But the 14-ounce Shakespeare insults mug ($16), on the other hand, is the perfect choice for snark on the go. So next time a chatty co-worker tries to tell you about their weekend before you've even had your Monday morning coffee, you can simply look up and call them the "anointed sovereign of sighs and groans."

A mug decorated with Shakespeare insults.
Shakespeare insult mug from Unemployed Philosopher's Guild.
Unemployed Philosopher's Guild/Amazon

If, after all that, you’re still struggling to find the words, Shakespeare’s Insults: Educating Your Wit ($12), a book of 5000 slights pulled from 38 of Shakespeare’s plays, can be of assistance. Or, you can help heal a physical wound by dishing out an emotional one with these Shakespearean insult bandages ($6). You get 15 in a pack, and each box comes with a prize inside. 

Shakespeare Insult Bandages.
Shakespeare insult bandages found on Amazon.
Accoutrements/Amazon

Beyond a repertoire of insults, Shakespeare also coined many words we still use today. Check out the full list here.

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These Eco-Friendly Bags Are Organic and Break Down in 18 Months or Less

A-Zero
A-Zero

If you’re looking to cut down on the amount of single-use plastics in your life, then reach for these fully compostable organic bags.

The A-Zero bags (which are available on Kickstarter here) may look a lot like their plastic counterparts, but they’re actually made from vegetable starch. According to the campaign, these totes are 100 percent organic, are harmless to nature, and can break down in a matter of 18 months—unlike plastic bags, which take hundreds of years. Each bag also features unique designs created by different artists from all over the world.

When it comes to sizes, you have a few different options. The smallest bag, ideal for snacks and sandwiches, is leak-proof and freezer-friendly, and can even be used in the microwave. A-Zero also makes leak-proof trash bags, grocery bags that can hold up to 18 pounds of food, and a refillable bag dispenser that can hold 20 or more grocery bags and can clip onto a backpack or purse.

You might be thinking that you already have a reusable tote at home, but unfortunately, these also have a detrimental effects on the environment. A 2011 British government study [PDF] estimated that with all the water and energy it takes to create a cotton bag, each one has a carbon footprint of 598.6 pounds of CO2, compared to a plastic bag’s 3.48 pounds.

With $22,522 raised, A-Zero bags already surpassed its original $8000 goal. But you can still help bring the project to life and get your own eco-friendly bags by heading here. Pledge tiers start at $29, and the campaign will be live until April 11.

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