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The 8 Best Eco-Friendly Subscription Boxes of 2020

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These days, it’s safe to assume that living a more sustainable lifestyle is necessary. The question, of course, is how we actually go about reforming old habits and welcoming new ones. That’s where eco-friendly subscription boxes really shine: By introducing you to an array of the best sustainable brands and products on the market, implementing them into your routine becomes that much more of a breeze.

We rounded up some of the best eco-friendly subscription boxes with every mood, habit, and necessity in mind—whether you are looking to rethink your household cleaning supplies, would love to learn more about clean beauty, or are on the hunt for a convenient but planet-friendly meal delivery service.

Best Overall: Grove Co

Grove Co

Grove Co

To be clear, there are a handful of truly great subscription boxes for a more sustainable household. But none offer the product catalog, customization, and general user-friendliness of Grove Co, whose mission is to make a clean living as convenient as possible.

Fill your basket with all of the household supplies on your list, set it to auto-ship, and let Grove do the rest. Need to make some swaps from one month to the next? No problem. Need a shipment sooner than planned? Grove Co will take care of that. And, if you have questions, the brand’s team of friendly representatives is standing by.

Beyond Grove Co’s commitment to the healthiest ingredients and clean packaging, the company offsets the carbon emissions of every delivery by funding projects that reduce pollution (like wind power and solar installations). Plus, your first order ships free.

Best for Clean Beauty: The Detox Box by Detox Market

The Detox Box by Detox Market

The Detox Box by Detox Market

More than $90 worth of luxury beauty and wellness products packed into one monthly box? Say no more.

While you can shop The Detox Market’s impressive roster of brands year-round, the clean beauty destination chooses to give one label the spotlight in its monthly Detox Box. That means you get more than a taste of what each brand has to offer—at a fraction of the cost, no less. 

Past Detox Boxes have featured luxe facial oils by Herbivore, an organic makeup set from Vapour, and The Beauty Chef’s can’t-miss, ingestible beauty potions. And thanks to the retailer’s tireless commitment to vetting new products, you can be sure that you’re only getting the best of the best delivered on your doorstep each month.

The Detox Market bans ingredients that have been flagged to cause environmental harm or potential health issues, and the team only works with brands and founders that share their passion for ethical practices and a love of the planet.

Best for Meal Delivery: Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest

No doubt that when it comes to choosing a meal subscription box, the options abound. But Daily Harvest is a cut above the rest: That’s thanks to an emphasis on clean, sustainably-sourced ingredients, and an unbeatable convenience factor to boot.

All meals (which include your pick of smoothies, bowls, and soups) are frozen at the peak of their freshness, locking in nutrients at their very best and allowing for easy storage. And unlike some of the more elaborate recipe plan boxes, you just pop them in the microwave or blender and have a tasty meal ready in mere minutes. In other words, it’s ideal for rushed mornings and exhausted evenings.

But beyond all these user-friendly details, Daily Harvest is also committed to building a more sustainable food system. The process for farmers to become USDA Organic-certified is long and laborious, so Daily Harvest works with “transitional organic” farms to help empower the farmers who are in the midst of that procedure. That ultimately means more organic food for all.

And, Daily Harvest has unveiled 100% compostable and recyclable packaging made from plant-based, renewable fiber that breaks down naturally instead of sitting in a landfill for thousands of years.

Best for Snacks: Urth Box

Urth Box

Urth Box

It’s 2 p.m. and the mid-afternoon slump is dangerously close to setting in. What kind of snack do you reach for? You might assume that your choice comes down to instant gratification followed by a sugar crash, or a lackluster option that at least keeps your energy levels humming for the next few hours. But what if you could opt for the best of both worlds?

Offering some of the best in both delicious and nutritious eats, Urth Box sets out to redefine your approach to snacking. Featuring some of the best gluten-free, vegan-friendly brands on the market (like Justin’s, Dang, and Annie’s, to name a few), it’s all but guaranteed that each monthly box will come packed with some of your favorites.

Plus, the different size options make for a tailor-made experience for your budget and appetite: Choose from seven snacks for around $15 per month or 27 snacks for about $45. And, all ingredients featured in Urth Box are GMO-free.

Best for Home Decor: The Sill Plant Subscription

The Sill Plant Subscription

The Sill Plant Subscription 

Do you know the difference between a maranta and a calathea? How about a haworthia and an echeveria? It may be time to brush up on your plant terminology—because from our POV, an awesome way to celebrate the planet is bringing some foliage indoors. 

The Sill makes it easy, with monthly house plant deliveries for every kind of green thumb. Opt for the Low Light plant subscription if you’re looking to spruce up some of the shadier corners of your apartment, or Plants for Beginners if you’re still new to the whole "plant mom" thing. There’s even a pet-friendly option, since many houseplants are toxic to cats and dogs.

The Sill delivers every monthly shipment, with one of its signature earthenware planters in the color of your choice. That means your only job is finding the perfect spot for your new plant child—well, that and keeping it alive. (Fortunately, The Sill’s website is also an amazing resource for all things plant parenting.)

Best for Household Items: MightyNest’s The Mighty Fix

MightyNest

MightyNest

We depend on so many products and objects around the house on a daily basis—from the Tupperware we use to store extra food to paper towels. It’s MightyNest’s goal to help people rethink the impact of all these commonly-used household items, from the ingredients they contain to their environmental footprint. 

But transitioning to an eco-friendly household takes time, which is why The Mighty Fix is so helpful for beginners: Each monthly delivery contains products that were designed for a healthier household, so you can tackle new habits one at a time.

Maybe it’s as simple as swapping out plastic wrap for reusable, compostable bee’s wrap, or nixing chemical-laden dryer sheets once and for all. (A word to the wise: The Mighty Fix's wool dryer balls are a game-changer, especially if you add a couple of drops of essential oil.)

In addition to opening your eyes to the impact of all the little decisions we make as consumers, The Mighty Fix makes practicing sustainability really fun. And, that’s definitely something we can get behind.

Best for Zero Waste: greenUP Box

greenUP

greenUP

So you’ve made some key sustainable swaps in your home: You've nixed your paper towels for Swedish dishcloths, never go anywhere without your reusable water bottle, and have all but ditched plastic altogether. But, it might be time to raise the bar and see if you can go completely zero-waste. That's where greenUP can serve as the perfect partner.

This subscription box, which will land on your doorstep every other month, doubles as the ultimate starter pack for a zero-waste lifestyle, allowing you to take your pick from different categories. There’s the Clean Home box, for example, which boasts items like sustainably-made scrub brushes and charcoal water filters.

Or, you can opt for the Grocery Haul, which offers mesh produce bags and cotton sacks for bulk bin items. A standout is the Morning Routine, featuring reusable face pads, shampoo and lotion bars, and a bamboo toothbrush. 

Going zero waste isn’t an easy jump by any means—it takes dedication to rethink every last one of our ingrained habits. But it’s greenUP’s mission to remove some of the guesswork.

Best for Brand Discovery: Clean Beauty Box

Clean Beauty Box

Clean Beauty Box

For every sustainable beauty brand making waves in the industry, there’s dozens more flying discreetly under the radar.

That’s precisely the mission behind Clean Beauty Box: To spotlight up-and-coming hair, skincare, and makeup brands that prioritize a commitment to the planet.

Although, that’s not to say that you won’t see a few familiar faces. Editor favorites like One Love Organics, Kahina Giving Beauty, Odacite, and Ursa Major are among Clean Beauty Box’s bestsellers.

And, if you discover a new product you can’t get enough of, it’s all available to shop a la carte on the site. Need some clarity on what “clean beauty” actually means? There's a helpful glossary of ingredients to help you get schooled on label-reading.

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