Lifestyle

No more sucking: Starbucks eliminates plastic straws

Replaced with a recyclable alternative!

Published

on

Cold Starbucks drinks have gotten even better — and I’m not even talking about the taste. The world-famous coffee shop chain has vowed to go strawless and the world is thankful for this contribution.

Starbucks just announced that they’re ditching plastic straws. Replacing the offending cold drink accessory is a specially designed cup cover that’s made of recyclable materials. Only Frappuccinos will be served with straws, and even then, they’d be made of paper or some other compostable material.

This move has already started, with most people finding no straws in their Starbucks orders today. By 2020, the chain aims to eliminate all single-use straws in their shops. With this initiative, an estimated one billion plastic straws will be eliminated per year.

According to the coffee chain, this is a response to requests from customers and partners alike. Starbucks’ success, with more than 50 percent of sales composed of cold drinks that feature single-use straws, meant more waste. This was the best solution.

The brand is no stranger to the sustainability movement. Starbucks has always encouraged its customers to use “for here” cups and their own tumblers to reduce single-use plastic waste.

They’ve even gone as far as investing in the development of recyclable hot beverage cups. Of course, there are still more steps to take to make sure everything is sustainable, but this move, if anything, shows the commitment to make the necessary changes.

Now you can enjoy sipping on your cold brew even more.

Her GadgetMatch

These new Ikea curtains fight indoor pollution by filtering air

Talk about being functional!

Published

on

Ikea has just announced groundbreaking technology that will not only add to your home decorating or homemaking ventures, as the brand has been apt to do; it will also help keep your living space cleaner by purifying indoor air.

This is Ikea’s Gunrid curtain and it works just like a plant: It breaks down harmful pollutants when it gets in contact with light. The fabric itself has undergone “mineral-based surface treatment” which enables it to destroy common indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde and odor. And since the tech is in the fabric, future products aren’t, in theory, limited to just curtains.

Unknown to most, indoor air pollution is a big deal with some living spaces found to have conditions five times worse than other parts of the world and a higher death toll than outdoor pollution. Mauricio Affonso, Product Developer at Ikea Range & Supply says, “We are creating an affordable and space-saving air purifying solution that also makes the home more beautiful.”

Ikea hopes to put these Gunrid curtains on shelves by 2020.

Continue Reading

Galaxy S10

Samsung announces new generation of wearables

These include a tracker, watch, and wireless buds

Published

on

Aside from the numerous Samsung flagships announced at Unpacked in San Francisco, there were also a number of wearables announced: The Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Fit e, and the Galaxy Buds.

The Galaxy Watch Active is the sporty version of Samsung’s Galaxy Watch but without the iconic spinning bezel. It’s equipped with stress, fitness, and sleep tracking, plus GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth capabilities. Of course, it also has Bixby built in.

The watch also has wireless charging capabilities which will work well with the PowerShare-capable Galaxy S10. It runs on an Exynos 9110 processor and a 230mAh battery. It’ll come in four pretty colors: rose gold, sea green, black, and silver. It’ll be available on March 8 in the US for US$ 200.

The Galaxy Fit and Fit e are slim fitness wearables that will automatically track your activities. Equipped with a heart rate monitor and a 0.95-inch AMOLED display, this water-resistant baby is perfect for those who want something less obtrusive. They’ll be available in the second quarter of 2019.

Last but not least: The Galaxy Buds. Powered by AKG, you’re ensured a great listening experience. It boasts six hours of battery life for streaming and five hours on calls, with an additional seven hours with its charging case. That same case gives 1.7 hours of power on a 15-minute charge. Of course, it also has wireless charging.

These Buds are available starting March 8 and they’ll retail for US$ 129. It comes in three colors: black, white, and a fun yellow.

Continue Reading

Galaxy S10

Instagram photo challenge with the Samsung Galaxy S10

Hands-on with all three versions!

Published

on

Samsung’s newest Galaxy S devices have just been announced and we’re blessed with three versions: The Samsung Galaxy S10e (small), the Galaxy S10 (big), and the Galaxy S10+ (big big!).

Each phone is equipped with a number of cameras so you know what that means: IG photo test!

In our Her GadgetMatch video, we check out what’s so cool about the new Samsung phones and test what the cameras can do. Spoiler: They do a lot!

In case you’re having trouble viewing, watch HERE.

SEE ALSO: Samsung’s new LED light cover is the phone case we’ve always wanted

Continue Reading

Trending