I am a total sucker for eco-friendly snacks and goodies, so when the folks at Conscious Box offered to send me a sample of their November box of goodies to review, I jumped at the chance!
It was super fun getting a goodie box in the mail. It reminded me of when mom would send me care packages when I was in college full of my favorite treats. The box even included a sweet note, just like the ones from mom!
Everything in my Conscious Box was vegan, which is a big plus for me. It's such a bummer to get samples of food and beauty products that I discover I can't try out. Here's what was in my November box:
- A vegan cookie from Mary's Gone Crackers. I may or may not have eaten that while writing the first paragaph of this review.
- Two samples of vegan lotion from 100% Pure. These little packets won't travel well, so I'll try them out at home instead.
- Dried pineapple from Funky Monkey. That may or may not also already be in my belly.
- CocoaWell energy caps. Dietary supplements for energy.
- Two Kind bars. Kind makes vegan, whole food energy bars. They're delicious!
- A juice pack from Honest Tea. This looks almost like a Capri Sun, but without the sugary juice inside. The tea is juice-sweetened, but the pack has only 40 calories, which is much less than those sugary kid's "juice" drinks.
- Samples of Glee Gum. All natural chewing gum.
- Mini bottles of vegan lotion and body wash from 100% Pure. They'll be great for next time I'm traveling!
I was definitely impressed with the caliber of products in the box and with Conscious Box's minimal packaging.
They do think quite a bit about waste, as well. Here are some deets on their packaging, from their FAQ:
As a company, we strive to operate with zero-waste. Every box contains recycled tissue paper and is made of recycled materials with soy-based inks. We encourage our users to upcycle their boxes or even send them back to us, where we’ll put them to use or have them sustainably recycled.
They also are members of 1% for the Planet, which means they're dedicated to giving back.
The Less Good
A couple of things about the box gave me pause. First, it's not terribly eco-friendly to have a monthly subscription of anything that you're shipping out. I looked through their site for information on how they offset the carbon from that shipping and couldn't find anything. That doesn't mean they're not doing it, but I didn't see that information out there.
While Conscious Box itself does a great job addressing the packaging problem, there was a lot of packaging in the box when it comes to the goodies inside. This comes with the territory when you're sending out samples, right? Smaller sized items still need to be protected from damage when they travel, so a box of tiny things is going to have a lot of wrapping. There was more plastic in my Conscious Box than I would have liked.
Overall, I was pretty happy with this box. While I'm not sure that a monthly subscription is the greenest choice, it would be a neat surprise to send to a friend or family member that needs a treat. I shared a photo of my Conscious Box at the top of the post, and I'd love to hear what you guys think, based on the photo and the list of goodies!