This Reusable Drink Cover Is Made Entirely of Ocean-Bound Plastic

Freaker USA via Kickstarter
Freaker USA via Kickstarter

Want to protect your hands from hot drinks while also looking rad (and eco-friendly)? For just $5, you can buy a reusable drink koozie made completely from ocean-bound plastic.

North Carolina-based company Freaker USA’s new product, Slippy, aims to reduce the number of people using non-reusable cardboard coffee sleeves. “Every year Americans use enough cardboard coffee sleeves to cover Texas,” the company says in its Kickstarter campaign.

Each koozie is woven from yarn created with one plastic bottle that would otherwise be destined for the ocean. That means all of the plastic bottles used to create each Slippy were “collected from the beach or within 30 miles of the coast in countries without formal waste management systems,” the company says. It was a challenge to create a product made entirely from ocean-bound plastic: Several companies create products using a mixture of ocean-bound plastic and recycled plastic, Freaker USA says, but few create products from 100 percent ocean-bound plastic.

As of November 3, more than 1000 backers have pledged $34,000 to Freaker USA’s Kickstarter—well over $20,000 more than the original goal. Interested customers have until November 22 to contribute to the campaign. Backers can choose from 25 different Slippy designs for $5 each. For $500 and up, independent business owners can purchase Slippy koozies with a custom logo.

Kodak’s New Cameras Don't Just Take Photos—They Also Print Them

Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.

Snapping a photo and immediately sharing it on social media is definitely convenient, but there’s still something so satisfying about having the printed photo—like you’re actually holding the memory in your hands. Kodak’s new STEP cameras now offer the best of both worlds.

As its name implies, the Kodak STEP Instant Print Digital Camera, available for $70 on Amazon, lets you take a picture and print it out on that very same device. Not only do you get to skip the irksome process of uploading photos to your computer and printing them on your bulky, non-portable printer (or worse yet, having to wait for your local pharmacy to print them for you), but you never need to bother with ink cartridges or toner, either. The Kodak STEP comes with special 2-inch-by-3-inch printing paper inlaid with color crystals that bring your image to life. There’s also an adhesive layer on the back, so you can easily stick your photos to laptop covers, scrapbooks, or whatever else could use a little adornment.

There's a 10-second self-timer, so you don't have to ask strangers to take your group photos.Kodak

For those of you who want to give your photos some added flair, you might like the Kodak STEP Touch, available for $130 from Amazon. It’s similar to the regular Kodak STEP, but the LCD touch screen allows you to edit your photos before you print them; you can also shoot short videos and even share your content straight to social media.

If you want to print photos from your smartphone gallery, there's the Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer. This portable $80 printer connects to any iOS or Android device with Bluetooth capabilities and can print whatever photos you send to it.

The Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer connects to an app that allows you to add filters and other effects to your photos. Kodak

All three Kodak STEP devices come with some of that magical printer paper, but you can order additional refills, too—a 20-sheet set costs $8 on Amazon.

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