You’ve got to jump through so many hoops to lead a totally eco-friendly lifestyle. Even if you shop for environmentally friendly products, the very act of going shopping increases your carbon footprint.
If you drive just 5km to the shops and back three times a week in a medium-sized petrol car, you belch out 6-8kg of CO2 into the air each week. That means you should be planting one tree a week to offset your carbon footprint just for going shopping.
On top of that, going from shop to shop and hunting down products that tick all the right boxes for being eco friendly is hugely time consuming and tiring, plus natural products that are kind to the environment are usually pricier than common or garden supermarket products laced with toxic chemicals.
Natural ingredients have the added benefit of giving off a much more pleasant fragrance than the usual artificial pine or floral scents found in household products.
Our list below of the top 10 eco friendly subscription boxes in the UK includes edibles, beauty products and cleaning products, plus a box to educate and entertain kids too.
Best eco friendly subscription boxes in the UK
- Tea Turtle Teas
- The Natural Wellness Box
- Green Future Box
- Authentic House
- Loving Earth’s Oceans
- The Vegan Kind
- Earthwise Kids Activities
- Wearth Eco Living Subscription Box
- Get Home Things
Tea Turtle Teas
Best Fair Trade tea subscription
For a monthly supply of premium eco friendly tea delivered to your door, look no further than Tea Turtle Trees. The packs of loose tea that you get in each Tea Turtle subscription box are ethically sourced from Fair trade suppliers. The packaging is completely compostable too.
You get three flavour varieties from around the world each month, including breakfast, green and wild teas. That’s enough tea for two cups a day for a month. Enjoy reading the tasting notes as you relax with a calming, all-natural cuppa.
The Natural Wellness Box
Best natural health & beauty subscription box
Every two months get a themed box packed with bespoke natural wellness and beauty products sourced from premium UK suppliers.
The contents are a mix of products chosen to calm and comfort your mind, body and skin. The boxes are a wonderful way to try premium luxury products at affordable prices as you’ll pay about half the cost of buying the products individually.
Recent boxes have included exotic combos such as bath salts from Bampton House, a glowing radiance face mask, a superfood pouch and Life Armour Immunity Drops, among many other life-enhancing products.
The bi-monthly collections are released in January, March, May, July, September and November. Buy six or 12 months worth up front and you’ll save on the monthly boxes.
Green Future Box
Best plastic-free essentials for sustainable lifestyles
Every month the Green Future Box introduces you to new, essential eco-friendly products for the bathroom, kitchen and daily use, all with zero plastic packaging. You’ll be inspired by new ways to live sustainably with products that are sourced responsibly and create zero waste. Alternative edible treats are a bonus thrown in to sweeten the deal.
The boxes themselves are recyclable too. Postage is free in the UK.
Best eco-friendly homeware subscription box
This eco-friendly subscription box was the first product launched by Authentic House in 2018 to offer a convenient and enjoyable way to discover high-end sustainable and ethical products for the bathroom, cleaning, healthcare, home, kitchen, laundry, pantry and skin care.
The box is a handy way to help you stay plastic-free and discover products for everyday use with a focus on being kind to the environment with refillable containers.
Best eco friendly utensils
The Shorebox is a lovely little monthly subscription box with a carefully selected collection of natural, eco friendly products for your home and your body; perhaps some soap, natural deodorant and something herbal for cleaning the home.
Subscribers get a heads up each month of three products included in the upcoming subscription box and get to choose a fourth product.
You won’t find any plastic packaging in these boxes and they plant a tree on your behalf for each box that you buy. Postage is an additional £3 per month.
Loving Earth’s Oceans
Best end-to-end eco friendly subscription box
Loving Earth’s Oceans subscription boxes are put together by award-winning environmental activist entrepreneur, Lysander Bickham, who was named ‘The Greenest Young Person in Hammersmith and received a Fulham Civic Honours award. His mission is to stop polluting the oceans with plastic by sourcing eco friendly products without plastic packaging.
Lysander and his team source the products in bulk to sell them on cheaply, so you can save money and do your bit to save the environment when you subscribe to receive the hand trialed eco-friendly products, which range from chemical-free surface cleaners to natural skin care creams.
All their deliveries are sent via a carbon neutral delivery service and they plant trees every month.
The Vegan Kind
Best eco friendly vegan subscription box
Get a monthly box of treats and tools for a full on vegan lifestyle with a Vegan Kind subscription Box. Each box contains munchies, vegan recipe cards and a special surprise lifestyle product, which could be anything from a cleaning spray to a bamboo toothbrush. You won’t know until you get the box.
Subscribing also entitles you to discounts on thousands of eco-friendly and vegan products and donations to animal welfare charities are made on your behalf.
Best eco friendly maternity box
Specially for expectant mums and newborns, the ecocobox Mum & Me subscription contains cruelty free and toxin free beauty products for mothers in the 2nd trimester and up to baby age two.
Delivered every two months, the boxes contain four to five items from ethical brands containing no animal products, so they are safe for vegan mothers too. Prepaying for a subscription gives you up to 10% discount.
Earthwise Kids Activities
Best kids activities subscription box
This is a really fun, hands-on way to get kids buzzing about the joys of nurturing nature. Inside the colourful boxes are bulbs that the little gardeners can plant and grow; one edible and one for wildlife, plus a booklet to help you make natural crafts from seasonal materials.
The whole package is made from recyclable packaging that fits through your letterbox and delivery is free in the UK.
Wearth Eco Living Subscription Box
Best eco friendly variety subscription box
The letterbox-sized Wearth Eco Living Subscription Box comes through your door containing sustainable, vegan and ethical homeware made by cottage-industry UK brands stocked at their store, which has a massive range of products to give you something special and unique with each monthly box.
Choose from two sizes delivered free in the UK. Each month’s box has a different theme but you can be sure it’ll be plastic free and create zero waste with packaging made from 90% recycled materials.
Best eco friendly cleaning subscription
Clean bathrooms, mirrors and other shiny things around your house with a clear conscience using refillable bottles in the Homethings subscription box. Plastic free, the bottles are made of glass, and you fill them with non-toxic, vegan-friendly effervescent cleaning tabs that dissolve in water as a multi-purpose cleaner.
Once you’ve made your solution in a 500ml bottle labelled either: ‘Allthings’, Shinythings’, or ‘Baththings’, they have a shelf life of up to 12 months. How quickly you get through the tablets depends on how often and how much you clean.
Eco friendly subscription boxes: The verdict
To be sure you are buying products from an ethical supplier you can check whether they are a “certified B corporation”, which they’ll proudly display on their website if they are indeed certified. The certification is recognition of meeting the highest standards of social and environmental impact.
At The Box Hut we are passionate about sourcing ethical and environmentally friendly products. We’ve seen a boom in subscription boxes aimed at conscientious subscribers over the past year and we’re continually adding new products to the Box List.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to ask and we’ll see if we can find it for you.