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Even though 2020 has thrown us curveballs, 2021 has finally arrived! This year the holiday season looked a bit different. Instead of traveling to see our loved ones, many of us sent our gifts traveling to their doorsteps. If you didn’t have the chance to send a gift for the holiday season, or are just looking for a gift to brighten up a loved one’s day, check this out.

How does one shop safely in these times of COVID? Enter the internet.

Take your gift list online where there are infinite shopping options — especially at those small businesses that need our help! — plus most offer free or fee-based holiday wrapping and direct shipping to your loved one’s doorstep.

What else can you find online? Subscription boxes!

It’s all the new rave and a fun one to boot. A slew of startups has opened their (online) doors to offer pre-packaged boxes of all sorts of goodies including sustainable cosmetics, clothes, home goods, food, and more. Some of these boxes can be one-time gifts, while others are subscriptions that you can receive at certain intervals throughout the year — weekly, monthly, quarterly, even annually.

The perfect gift for an earth-friendly loved one with a variety of tastes!


You can’t really go wrong when shopping for a cause with a company called CAUSEBOX. This subscription service really goes all out to make a healthy, positive impact in the world. By signing up to receive or gift CAUSEBOX, you’ll receive a box filled with home goods and personal care products that are ethically and sustainably sourced, seek to reduce waste, and yet uphold high caliber quality standards. In particular, CAUSEBOX focuses on empowering women, supporting disadvantaged producers who have been marginalized, develop skills of “producers and workers through access to free training” and programs, and seeks to alleviate poverty via their approach of “trade not aid.”

Their winter box is currently available filled with customizable options: a brushed gold kettle or cozy cloud wrap sweater — marble geo coasters, thick gold hoop earrings, or rejuvenating body polish — travel beauty pillowcase or heathered slouchy socks — reusable zip pouches or reusable silicone baking sheets and a few extra surprise goodies!

Get the winter CAUSEBOX annually or quarterly for $49.95.

2. MightyNest

MightyNest is all about giving the gift of green! And, we’re not talking moola, but those wonderful sustainable, green products that go easy on the environment and look great in our homes.

Founded by Chris and Kristen — new parents seeking to make a better world for their kiddo — MightyNest focuses five main quality standards: safe durables, — free of “BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead and other heavy metals, melamine, formaldehyde, flame retardants, and other hazardous substances,” — toxin-free consumables, — free of “hormone disruptors, carcinogens, synthetic fragrances, harsh detergents and preservatives, and artificial colors and flavors,” plus nothing is ever tested on animals — reusable, — you’ll never find single-use disposables or plastic products in this box! — high-quality without sacrificing effectiveness, — they promise everything sold actually works — and sourced from reputable makers, — every provided meets “100 [percent] of [their] strict criteria” via personal interviews.

Every month, MightyNest sends a box with their newly selected curated community product, plus some guidelines on how best to utilize your green item. On top of that, at any point, you’re able to peruse their website to purchase one-off items.

This is one of the more affordable subscriptions at just $11 a month!

3. Love Goodly

Founded and run by one vegan and one breast cancer survivor — Justine and Kate — you instantly understand that this is a personal endeavor!

Love Goodly packs their subscription boxes full with cruelty-free, non-toxic, vegan brands that also happen to be organic, non-GMO, and eco-friendly. What boxes don’t they check off?! So, what do you get in these boxes? Each one contains four plus (mostly) full-sized products that range from cosmetics to vegan foods. For example, one box contained lipstick, healing balm, scalp treatment, vegan white cheddar snacks, stainless steel reusable straws, and superfood nourishing moisturizer — all cruelty-free, all vegan, all toxic-free, and all eco-friendly!

Love Goodly offers bi-monthly subscription boxes for $34.95.

4. Grove Collaborative

The Grove Collaborative is all about swapping out chemical-ridden home essentials with healthier, clean, and toxin-free home essentials. All Grove Collaborative products have to go through a series of testing to meet standards for “non-toxicity, efficacy, and sustainability,” plus, they are also proud to offer products that are all Leaping Bunny Certified cruelty-free. On top of that, the companies they choose to work with also have to meet certain standards. Grove Collaborative values “safety, transparency, sustainability, and social welfare,” which means they choose to work with partners who share the same values.

This subscription is unique in that you get to peruse their website and choose items that fight your need and/or lifestyle in order to curate a perfect selection!

5. Thrive Market

Thrive Market has hit the scene running and has grown into a wildly popular way to get your hands on healthy, curated groceries and beauty products delivered directly to your door!

So, what exactly is Thrive Market?

As stated succinctly on their website, Thrive Market is an “online, membership-based market making the highest quality, healthy and sustainable products available for every budget, lifestyle, and geography.” Once you’ve got a membership, you’ll be privy to reduced price (25 to 50 percent off!) sustainable, organic, non-GMO products that selected for you based on an in-depth survey filled out with your membership. Items can be chosen based on specific dietary needs, lifestyle needs, or maybe new items that you want to give a try!

Jump on the Thrive Market bandwagon with a free 30-day trial, try a monthly plan for $9.95, or go all-in for an annual membership at $59.95.

6. GlobeIn

As the name suggests, GlobeIn focuses on the world at large. This company seeks to grow in “parallel with entrepreneurial artisan partners from around the world with the aim of enriching individuals and their communities.” Along with looking outwards, GlobeIn turns a strong ethical eye inward and devotes time, energy, and resources to “transparent business practices, equitable and sustainable partnerships, and respect for cultural continuity.”

GlobeIn offers a monthly subscription for an Artisan Box which is brimming with globally sourced, handcrafted products that aim to connect you with “distance cultures around the world.”

Get this super unique Artisan monthly subscription box for $40 a month, $114 for 3 months, $210 for 6 months, or $386 annually.

You can also go with the regular GlobeIn monthly subscription for $5.99 monthly or $59.88 annually.

7. EarthLove

If you’re looking to help out Mama Earth a bit you can’t really go wrong with a subscription box called EarthLove!

Founded by Serina, manager of a sustainable farm and natural apiary called Spirit Wild Farm, EarthLove seeks to “bring more nature into our lives by not only curating botanicals, wildcrafted [and] organic, and nature-inspired goods for the wild at heart, but also providing tips for enriching your connection tot he natural world.” When you purchase an EarthLove box, a portion of the purchase is “donated to a different nature-based cause each season.”

So, what’s in the box?

Adding up to over $120, the EarthLove box is packed with six to eight full-sized eco-luxe products such as “healthy snacks, organic tea, botanical wellness and apothecary items, sustainable swaps, beauty and skincare, gardening, home decor, [and] upcycled accessories.” The boxes rotate depending on the season, so you’ll always get something new!

Choose a seasonal subscription for $59.95 per quarter or pre-pay for an annual subscription, which offers free shipping.

8. greenUPbox

greenUPbox offers a bit of a unique spin on the subscription box game! This company slims down the options by focusing on “[six] boxes and [six] major areas of your life” all of which aim to replace disposable plastic completely. Their passion to eliminate plastics goes beyond the box you purchase. greenUP gives three percent of their income to “partner organizations that clean up the plastic that’s already in our oceans.”

So, what’s in the box?

Unlike other box subscription services, this one gives you six different options that focus on six different parts of your life and you get to see exactly what comes in each! For example, the Morning Routine box comes with all the sustainable, earth-friendly beauty products you need to start your day including a salon-quality shampoo bar, bamboo toothbrush, biodegradable dental floss, reusable cotton facial rounds, and even an organic hemp soap bag!

Get the greenUP box for $39.95 a month!

9. Frank and Oat Style Plan

Think you can’t go fully sustainable when it comes to high-quality, fashionable clothing? Think again with Frank and Oat Style Plan boxes!

Founded in 2012 by Hicham and Ethan, Frank and Oat was built on the premise that we all play a large role in the future of our planet and taking action against the devastating impact of climate change. They offer 100 percent sustainable products. The three main pillars that they strive to meet include transparency in business, sustainability, and a completely functional product.

So, what do you get in the box?

First, you fill out a survey about yourself, your budget, your size, and your style dos, don’ts, and wishes. Every month you’ll receive a package with three to five items carefully curated based upon your preferences. The cost of the box is the cost of the items in said box, which varies. In general, the total of the items ranges from $150 to $250 and each item ranges from $29 to $149. One of the perks of this service is that you get to preview items before they’re shipped, giving you complete control over your Fashion future!

10. Ecocentric Mom

Looking for that perfect holiday box for an earth-conscious mama to be?

Ecocentric Mom is a monthly gift box designed specifically for expectant and new moms to help them care for their body as well as their babe!  Choose a box filled with organic and eco-friendly goodies based upon mamas time frame: first, second, or third trimester boxes, the newborn box, or the mama/woman care package. Each box is brimming with “[two to three] items for pregnancy or baby and [two to three] items for pampering or to use around the house.” Everything in the box — from snacks to beauty items to toys to household items — is organic, natural, green, and eco-friendly!

Ecocentric Mom subscription amount changes depending on how many boxes you’d like. For instance, the four month pregnancy, baby, and mama set comes to a total of $159.96, while the eight month pregnancy, baby, and mama box comes to a total of $319.92 total.

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