According to various studies, Americans alone use some 500 million straws every day, and almost every single plastic straw ever made (regardless of whether it’s been recycled) still exists in some way on this planet. One little, and very easy, step we can all take to lessen the waste, pollution and eight million tons of plastic trash that ends up in our oceans is adopting reusable straws. This set of four stainless steel straws (two curved, two straight) are BPA-, phthalate-, lead and toxin-free, and will never rust. They even come with a little brush to make cleaning them extra simple.
Instead of requiring disposable filters, the Coffee Gator has a reusable laser-cut steel filter designed to pull the most out of your beans. This offers a cleaner flavor than the French-press method. Easy to clean, this hassle-free piece of equipment—that yields 400ml, or three cups—can handle years of repeat use.
All natural and preservative free, L.A. Burdick Chocolates’s Rocher Nest with Eggs features dual layer gourmet chocolate flair. On the outside, dark chocolate and sugar-coated toasted almonds form a crunchy nest. Inside, the chocolatier includes five eggs featuring dark, milk, and white chocolate, including hazelnut praline, banana-honey caramel and raspberry white chocolate ganache fillings. There are flavors for everyone here, and it’s been made with the utmost care, from a brand celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Catalonia (on the northeastern edge of the Iberian Peninsula) is perhaps best known for Cava. This wine, Succés La Cuca de Llum, also uses the Trepat grape found in Cava, but here it results in a bright red. It’s fresh, and a little funky (or “dusty”) and delightfully mineral-y. That said, it’s not a watery, weak red—it’s vibrant. Bonus: it’s a natural wine, organically farmed from 20-47-year-old vines, and is great for sipping during transitional seasons.
These geometric rocks keep the temperature down, without diluting what you’re sipping. Available in a set of four, each rock has a distinct shape (from pyramids to spheres) so everybody can keep track of their own cocktails. While they look like they could be from outer space, they’re made from earthy materials: soapstone and marble.