greenUP Box Review Fall 2021

A box on a mission of plastic rehab, greenUP Box sends artfully crafted sustainable goods to empower and inspire you to say #byeplastic. They kindly sent us this box for review.

The mission at greenUP Box is to make it as easy as possible for you to reduce the plastic in your life with beautiful, sustainable products and innovative solutions. They empower individuals to reduce their use of plastic so there’s less plastic waste ending up on our beaches and in our oceans. They also give 3% to partner organizations that clean up the plastic that’s already in our oceans.

In each greenUP Box you’ll discover the best products to replace disposable plastic to help you start living plastic-free now. Every box will immediately help you implement impactful changes. In just one year you’ll be amazed at what you’ve accomplished, and at a fraction of the price.

Each greenUP Box is valued at $100+ and contains 5-9 artfully crafted, sustainable, and eco-friendly items that are curated around a theme such as grocery shopping, the kitchen, cleaning the home, and more. Because boxes are designed around a theme, it’s easier to build lasting plastic-free habits in that area of your life. Then your next box arrives and you get to redesign another area of your life without plastic.

Subscription Details

greenUP Box is a quarterly subscription, meaning boxes ship every three months. Subscriptions ship in September, December, March, and June. Shipping is 1-3 day priority. Shipping is free to the contiguous 48 states; $3 for Hawaii, Alaska, and the territories, and $9 to Canada. There are 3 subscription payment options:

  • Single Box: $64.95
  • Quarterly Plan: $54.95/box
  • Annual Plan: $49.95/box or $199.80 billed annually

Here’s a look at what’s in the Fall greenUP Box ($107.88 total value):

Reducing Finds JSL Naturals Face Salve ($16.99)

“Personal care products are a BIG contributor to plastic waste, and swaps are almost impossible to find. Meet our favorite family-run small business handmaking zerowaste personal care. Vegan, 100% natural, cruelty-free, preservative-free, and in fully compostable packaging. Gently apply a very thin coat to damp skin 1-2 times a day. If skin feels too oily, blot with towel.”

I love the packaging on this face salve. It’s hard to find face products that are plastic free so this cardboard tube is a refreshing twist – it’s completely plastic free. I’ve gotten a small handful of this brand’s products before, but not this one so I’m glad to have it to try out. I love the simple ingredients and it smells so calming and grounding, just as the name suggests. It’s application would be a great way to end the day. It might be a bit of a richer salve than I normally apply to my face, but if it doesn’t agree with my skin I could totally see using this for other skin purposes like my hands. Love that it could be multi-purpose, extra eco-friendly!

ME Mother Earth Reusable Cutlery ($19.99)

“Feel confident that you’re helping Mother Earth with this reusable straw and cutlery kit, thoughtfully packaged without plastic. Never use single-use plastic cutlery again! These conveniently travel in a keychain pouch that fits in your back pocket. Take it on the go wherever your busy lifestyle leads you- no excuses!”

This is a handy little set for carrying in your purse or bag. I have several other cutlery sets for on-the-go so it’s not unique in that sense, but it is different in that it folds up and is so compact. I appreciate that it comes not with just a fork/spork and knife, but also straws and straw cleaners to make it a more rounded set.

H&J Stainless & Bamboo Lunchbox ($26.90)

“All the other lunch boxes wish they looked this good! Reduce waste by ditching plastic containers that will eventually break and end up in the landfill! Food quality stainless steel, leakproof silicone ring, and bamboo lid with strap = perfection. Stainless container is dishwasher safe. Handwash the bamboo lid.”

This is a really cute lunch box! It’s not large, but it would certainly hold a good portion size of food. I love the color of the green strap and think it’s a nice accessory to the box to add extra holding power or for easier grabbing.

Lotus Mesh Produce Bags ($18.00)

“Say goodbye to single-use plastic bags for good. Your fruits and veggies will thank you by staying fresher longer! 100% organic raw cotton, drawstring wooden-bead closure, and zero plastic packaging. Machine washable. Multi-purpose – great for fruits and veg, snacks, packing & travel, storing toys, washing delicates, and more!”

These are great produce bags and I can say that from experience because I actually have a few other sets of these from other subscription boxes. If I didn’t already have these I’d be more excited about them, but regardless it’s still a great item for helping to go plastic-free.

H&J Silicone Reusable Bag ($12.00)

“The average American uses 500 ziplock baggies each year. Not you, not this year! This silicone bag has a new ziplock top for ease and a wider bottom to fit more snacks. Freezer safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe. Also works great for storing and keeping masks clean on the go. So many creative uses!”

I love this style of bags and use them daily. I do have several already, but there always seems to be a need for more so not bad to add this one to my collection. They are super easy to use and throw in the dishwasher to clean.

ELM Refillable Lip Balm ($14.00)

“Handmade in New York from organic products grown on the farm! Use as you would regular chapstick. When you run out, order the refill, you’ll get a biodegradable plastic bag full of chapstick to pour into your original container. The lid is made out of a plant bioplastic and will fully biodegrade in 6 months!”

This lip balm brand is one I’ve been a fan of for awhile now so this is a fun item to receive. I actually have another one of these lip balms, but again, not bad to have as a back up for when I run out. It’s a great concept to be refillable and I like that all the ingredients are natural and plant based. This will be great to slather on as the months turn cooler to prevent chapped lips.

greenUP Box Review Fall 2021 – Final Thoughts

So greenUP Box recently changed to a quarterly box from a bi-monthly box and this is their first box that’s the quarterly version. The pluses to the quarterly box is that there are more items included and shipping less often is more eco-friendly, the minuses are that it seems there isn’t exactly a theme anymore and that you have to wait longer in between boxes (though for reducing product overwhelm, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing). If this were my first box from them I’d say it was a great box and included some fun items for a plastic-free transition. I’d still say it was a fun box, but some of the items were a bit repetitive to me or were things I already own or have similar items too. I like that a few personal care items were included as always love beauty items and I appreciate that some of the similar items to the ones I already own have a more unique take, like the foldable cutlery. Overall I like this box and it’s contents and look forward to seeing how the box evolves as it continues with it’s quarterly quest.

The Botanic Gal –

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