The holiday spirit of gift-giving can be enjoyed throughout the year. How? Giving the gift of a subscription box can provide year-round enjoyment for any recipient, especially when delivered via monthly, quarterly or semi-annual subscription plans. For those who are eco-conscious, here are some environmentally friendly subscription boxes to consider.
For people striving for zero-waste and plastic-free living
The greenUP subscription is curated to minimize dependence on disposable plastic. Even the company’s website emphasizes a plastic-free lifestyle, “so there’s less plastic waste ending up on our beaches and in our oceans.” Each box in this subscription is valued at $70+ and features six to eight sustainable items.
Another subscription box conscientious about the planet is EarthLove, a curated box of products “that are ethically and environmentally responsible, including zero-waste packaging, natural ingredients, organic and non-GMO, gluten-free, cruelty-free, beegan/vegan and fair trade.” Then there’s MightyNest, with its MightyFix and Mighty Essentials subscription packages that promote green lifestyles. MightyNest products are free of BPA, lead, parabens, phthalates and PVC.
For ethical shoppers
As a verified member of the Fair Trade Federation, GlobeIn strives to support healthy working conditions for the artisans who craft the goods included in each subscription box. Thus, each GlobeIn artisan box is filled with ethically handmade products. GlobeIn offers more than five monthly box themes to provide a variety of choices to subscribers.
For the skincare-obsessed
For those who prefer toxin-free personal care products, the Natural Vegan Body Care subscription is the perfect gift. Goodies on offer in this box are all-natural, cruelty-free and biodegradable. This includes natural balms, deodorants, hair care supplies and hand soaps all free of unwanted synthetics. Bamboo toothbrushes and organic loofahs also complete the packages.
For parents and kids
The monthly Ecocentric Mom subscription box offers products perfect for motherhood, ensuring green home care from the first trimester to the toddler years. There are often up to six products provided that include organic self-care products, toxin-free baby products, accessories suited for developmental milestones, eco-conscious practical home care items for the growing family and non-GMO snacks.
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Ethical fashion for babies and toddlers can be found in the SmockBox. Each box includes an outfit, an accessory and a toy — all made ethically. Meanwhile, Dyper offers an eco-friendly diaper subscription. These diapers are made with fibers from renewable bamboo and other biodegradable materials. They are also free of “chlorine, latex, alcohol, perfumes, PVC, lotions, TBT and phthalates.”
Wipe On Us correspondingly offers bamboo wipes as a family subscription. The wipes have no plastic packaging whatsoever. Kids will rejoice at receiving the eco-friendly Little Pnuts educational toy subscription box. Little Pnuts gives well-curated packages with up to five sustainable toys, which are all handmade from natural materials and non-battery operated.
For low-maintenance plant enthusiasts
Succulents are quickly becoming a favorite among urban gardeners because of their low-maintenance needs. There are numerous subscription boxes out there for succulents. Gift two unique succulents in biodegradable pots a month from Succulent Studios, three succulents monthly from Leaf & Clay, four succulents with a mystery bonus plant from Mountain Crest Gardens, five hand-picked succulents from the Succulent Source or up to four succulents or one air plant a month from Succulents Box.
Arcadia Seed Company is a purveyor of seeds, and its box offers four packets of vegetable or herb seeds along with a surprise packet of unusual or exotic seeds. Meanwhile, the Click and Grow subscription provides pre-seeded, biodegradable pods that can be planted in a self-sustaining Smart Garden device that is “100 percent free of GMOs and harmful substances,” with 45 different fruits, vegetables and herbs to choose from. Yet another is SproutBox, with a BPA- and BPS-free sprouting device, which creates natural aeration for sprouts that emerge from the organic, non-GMO seed packs.
The highly curated Horti box includes care instructions for the plants delivered to every urban gardener who subscribes. To encourage self-assurance in gardening, the company begins by sending hardy plants as an introduction into taking care of plants. Pet-friendly plants are also available to prevent any mishaps with canine and feline friends.
UrthBox offers natural, non-GMO and organic snacks and beverages, with gluten-free and vegan options, too. For more adventurous palates, there’s a Fermented Farmacy subscription box with flavorful foods packed with probiotics and enzymes to help maintain optimal gut health. Similarly, the Sun Basket subscription box has options for lean-and-clean, Mediterranean, pescatarian, vegetarian and gluten-free diets. Those who prefer raw, plant-based snacks that are also wheat-free, soy-free and refined sugar-free will find RawBox subscription to be a good match.
For pet owners
Canine parents can subscribe to Ollie for vet-formulated, freshly cooked recipes with zero fillers, byproducts, artificial flavors or preservatives. The Farmer’s Dog similarly offers healthier pet food made fresh then sent directly to subscribers in eco-friendly packaging. Another wonderful subscription box is offered by Nom Nom Now, which caters to both canine and feline palates, with nutrient-rich, easy-to-digest and byproduct-free foods.
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Pure Earth Pets is “designed with your pet and the Earth in mind,” offering environmentally conscious products like recycled toys and treats made from natural ingredients, all packaged in biodegradable boxes. As for fishkeepers, My Aquarium Box subscribers can select from saltwater, nano tank, freshwater and planted tank offerings. Avian aficionados, meanwhile, can subscribe to the PollyWannaBird box that keeps birds happy with healthy treats, therapeutic perches and bird-safe wood toys for beak conditioning.
The Homestead Box offers three options of packages — for the gardener, the backyard chicken raiser and the woodsman — all of which cultivate simple self-sufficiency, subsistence agriculture and a closer bond to what nature has to offer. Children can also connect, interact and engage with nature via the Mud + Bloom or even the Little Hiker subscription boxes. Hiker Crate’s subscription is for those with hiking proclivities, whereas the KinderBox is a better fit for those with a truly rugged sense of adventure.
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