This Beverage Maker Lets You Enjoy Carbonated Drinks Without Hurting the Environment

Sparkel
Sparkel

Whether you're preparing breakfast before you head off to work or looking for something to wash down lunch, procuring the perfect beverage is vital. If it's a carbonated drink, though, with that comes the carbon dioxide emissions that arise every time you hear that classic "fssst" sound from cracking one open. These emissions are actually quite harmful to the environment.

But thanks to the newly unveiled Spärkel, curating carbonated drinks can be done without using CO2 or any artificial ingredients.

"If you walk into any grocery store, the explosion in the popularity of sparkling drinks is plain to see with more choices and flavors than ever before, but why buy off-the-shelf when it is healthier, cheaper, and more fun to create your own drinks at home?" Darren Hatherell, CEO of Spärkel, said in a press release. "With Spärkel, we created a system that lets people use the freshest ingredients and convenient carbonation process to experiment and unleash their creativity in a way that is kind to their wallet and the environment."

Users can place any kind of ingredients they wish—berries, citrus, cucumbers, etc.—along with their drink of choice—water, tea, cocktails—into the 25 oz. (750 mL) bottle and choose what level, from one to five, of fizz they'd like to have added to their drink. The sealed chamber generates CO2 naturally from a sachet of Spärkel Carbonator powder, which is "made of a special granulation of citric acid and sodium bicarbonate." The CO2 bubbles are cycled through the liquid, and within a couple of minutes, you have a completely personalized sparkling drink.

On top of all that, the beverage maker is suitable for any number of usages from water and juices to cocktails. It also comes in nine different colors—black, white, gray, yellow, orange, red, blue, green, and pink—so it can match up with whatever kitchen palette you have.

To get your hands on the Spärkel, check it out on Indiegogo, where it's available for a pre-sale price of $59.

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Groupon Is Offering a Costco Gold Membership and Goodies Worth $150 for Just $60

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Scott Olson/Getty Images

Costco members have access to a long list of surprising perks, like bulk movie tickets, pre-negotiated car deals, and even cheap funeral accessories. If you've been looking for an excuse to commit to a Costco membership, now's the time: According to 9to5Toys, Groupon is bundling a Gold Star Costco membership with discounts and products from the bulk retail outlet—a total value of $150—for just $60.

The main draw of the promotion is a standard membership card—plus a household card you can share with someone who lives at your address—that's valid at all Costco locations for one year. Groupon is charging the regular rate for the membership, $60, but it's also also adding several bonus items to the deal that more than double its value.

With the $60 purchase, you'll get free Kirkland Signature laundry detergent packs, free Kirkland Signature Create-a-Size paper towels, $10 off fresh meat, and a $20 gift card. And when you're ready to test out your new membership, you can use the coupon to take $25 off an order of $250 or more from Costco.com. That's $90 worth of free perks included with the regular $60 membership fee. The same deal is also available through LivingSocial.

The offer does come with a few caveats: You have to sign up for auto-renewal of your annual Costco membership to receive the extra gifts, and you can't sign up if you're already a member or if your membership expired after May 1, 2019. The gift cards and coupons included in the promotion are valid now through December 31.

If you miss out on this deal, there are plenty of opportunities to save money at Costco. Here are some tips for mastering the art of shopping there.

[h/t 9to5Toys]

Celebrate the Holidays With a Harry Potter Sock Advent Calendar From Target

Target
Target

Harry Potter Advent calendars are becoming a new Christmas tradition among wizards and witches at heart. For the 2019 holiday season, LEGO is launching an Advent calendar set of Harry Potter minifigures, and Funko is releasing its own calendar themed around the Yule Ball. Now, Bustle reports that Target is getting in on the action with four new Advent calendars packed with Harry Potter-themed socks.

No matter what type of Harry Potter fan you are, there's a batch of socks for you in Target's line-up. If you're someone who gets assigned a different house every time you take a sorting hat quiz, go with the first Advent calendar. It includes socks in men sizes 6 through 12 emblazoned with the crests and colors of all four Hogwarts houses.

The other three packs feature women's socks with a somewhat random assortment of designs. You'll find footwear branded with iconic Harry Potter imagery, like Hedwig the owl, the golden Snitch, and the Hogwarts Express. Other socks bear quotes from the books and films, like "Mischief Managed" from the Marauder's Map and Hagrid's famous one-liner, "You're a wizard, Harry."

Every Harry Potter Advent calendar from Target comes with 15 pairs of socks, working out to just $1 a pair. If you'd like to start planning the holiday season early this year, you can order them today from Target.com. And to make the holidays even more magical, don't miss out on this Hogwarts castle tree topper that plays "Hedwig's Theme."

Harry Potter socks from Target.
Target

Harry Potter sock advent calendar.
Target

Harry Potter socks from Target.
Target

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