greenUP Box Review February 2021
greenUP Box is a box on a mission of plastic rehab, they send 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. We also give 3% to partner organizations that clean up the plastic that’s already in our oceans.
greenUP Box is intentionally designed around 6 boxes and 6 majors areas of your life. You’ll discover the best products to replace disposable plastic and start living plastic-free now. In just one year you’ll be amazed at what you’ve accomplished, and at a fraction of the price.
Each box is valued at $70+ and contains 4-6 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.
greenUP Box a bi-monthly subscription, meaning boxes ship every other month. Subscriptions ship in August, October, December, February, April, and June.
The cost of the box is $39.95 per box for a bi-monthly subscription. Shipping is 1-3 day priority. Shipping is flat rate $3 for the continental U.S. and $6 for Alaska, Hawaii, and other U.S. territories. They currently only ship to the U.S.
February Box Details
February’s theme is The Kitchen Box! Everything included is aimed at making your kitchen cleaning routine green. Since so much time is spent in the kitchen, this is a great area of focus for this box since lots of typical kitchen cleaning items contribute a lot of waste.
Here’s a look at what’s in this month’s greenUP Box ($91.85 total value):
Vegan Wax Wraps, Set of 3 ($27.95)
“Everyone loves beeswax wraps! They’re super versatile and replace a variety of plastic needs in the kitchen. ANNNND now we’re introducing you to a vegan, plant-based alternative. Use these beautifully designed Hav & Jord vegan wax wraps to cover a bowl, wrap a sandwich, or cover a partially used avocado. The wax works best and sticks more when you warm it first with your hands.”
I have a few of these that are beeswax based, but had no idea that there was a vegan version out there that uses plant based waxes instead. I’m excited to try these and see how they compare to the beeswax version. I think these are great for items like sandwiches or for covering bowls and will probably use these for those uses most.
Dish Washing Block ($12)
“No more plastic dish soap containers! This dish block from No Tox Life is handmade in California. It will cut grease in your pans and clean the dishes. It also lasts a really really long time. Just rub your scrub brush, loofah sponge, or wash cloth gentle on the block and use. Or add a few shavings to your sink filled with water. Not for use in your dishwasher. Check us out on IG to see the various ways you can use the dish washing block.”
Love dishwashing blocks! It certainly reduces a ton of plastic waste not having to have liquid dish soap which is awesome. I would say, personally these are easiest to use if you have a soap dish and a scrubber brush so it does require a few more tools, but all are long lasting and reusable.
Silicone Stretch Lids, Set of 6 ($20.95)
“BPA free and made from European food grade silicone, the purest quality, these lids will cover both round and square containers. Thanks to their stretchable material, the lids will easily fit most bowls, pots, containers, mugs, cups, jars, and you can even use them to cover your half-cut fruits or melons. Feel free to put the stretchable lid in the freezer or even in the microwave. Dishwasher safe.”
I had been wanting a few of these as one that I had previously was at the end of it’s life, so this is perfect timing! It’s my favorite when items show up that I had wanted or needed anyway. This set is awesome since it includes 6 different sizes. They seem super easy to use and clean. I’ll be getting a lot of uses out of these as they replace that annoying and wasteful clingwrap.
Coconut Dish Cleaning Brush ($12.95)
“Who knew that coconut plant fibers would make great kitchen scrubbers? Replace your plastic kitchen brushes with this natural and compostable kitchen brush from Yasminida. Hand made in Bali from discarded coconut husks and coconut wood. Coconut fibers are taken from the outer shell of a coconut to make the brush bristles. The coconut bristles scrub well while also being gentle and won’t scratch pans.”
This brush would work perfectly to suds up that dish soap bar! I love coconut scrubbers since they are gentle on pans and this one is so pretty with it’s easy to grip wooden handle. Kitchen brushes are such a useful tool and since they can get used up and filled with grime after awhile I appreciate that this one can then be composted after use, unlike their plastic counterparts.
Natural Loofah Sponge, 5 Pack ($18)
“These loofah sponges are a must-have for your household as you reduce waste. Instead of using disposable plastic dish sponges in your kitchen, the loofah sponge is the perfect swap. Fun fact: loofahs (aka Luffa) are actually a type of cucumber in the gourd family. The loofah is considered a highly sustainable plant. Each loofah sponge is double-sided and expands when wet for an easy grip!”
These sponges are really cool! I suppose they’d also work great to suds up the dish soap block. These say they can be used for kitchen, household uses or even in the bath so they are extra versatile. It also says they can be used for a month before harboring bacteria, but can be fully composted at that point. It’s great that 5 come in the box so that for several months there will be a fresh one to use.
greenUP Box Review February 2021 – Final Thoughts
I love this month’s greenUP Box! Especially since I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and these are all items that I will use, nothing in this box will go to waste or sit in the cupboard. Sometimes it’s hard to want to switch from using what your currently using, especially in the kitchen when you know what you have works well, so it’s great that this box sends the items to get you to step outside your box. For example, previously I may have been skeptical that the wax wraps were as useful as clingwrap, but they really are and I love that subscription boxes can introduce you to new ways of thinking like that. Overall, a great selection and value! Can’t wait to see the next theme!
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