Today I got my first Green Box from The Homegrown Collective, and I am completely blown away. The Homegrown Collective sends out seasonally appropriate items every month that promote sustainability and help you “greenify” your life. I didn’t really know what to expect, but now that I’ve gotten my first box I’ll describe this subscription service as sort of an eco-friendly DIY kit. The subscription is $39/month, plus $9 for shipping, but if you sign up for 6 or 12 months the shipping is free! It sounds a little steep, and I was sort of on the fence for a while because of the cost. But I finally took the plunge and I have no regrets (except not signing up sooner!).
Anyways, the actual review:
Wow! I was impressed by how well everything was packed, and how it all looks so put together. I’m also amazed that they actually mailed fresh fruit, which does explain the Priority 2 Day shipping.
Project 1: “Let’s Sprout Together”
This project looks like the easiest one; it’s basically just a jar in which you can grow alfalfa sprouts. The included materials are: a mason jar, a mesh screen, and organic & non-GMO alfalfa seeds. Since I live in a small apartment with no yard, I’m always on the lookout for ways to grow veggies and herbs in small containers. I’m loving how useful this project is, and even though it’s simple I probably wouldn’t have thought of doing it myself. Plus, I’m always rather lazy when it comes to gathering supplies, so this is absolutely perfect for me.
Project 2: “Green Tea, Take Me Away”
I buy quite a few spa products, so getting to make my own bath soak sounded interesting. This project is for a Green Tea and Lavender Bath Soak, and it includes organic green tea, magnesium sulfate (epsom salt), organic dried lavender buds, and cotton muslin bags. The materials are very generously sized, and there’s enough to make a couple of bags. Plus, all the materials are really high quality and I love that everything is organic.
Finally, the pomegranate! I was beyond thrilled to see a fresh pomegranate in my box, because they’re my absolute favorite thing about autumn. I really didn’t even care what it was for, I just wanted to eat it right away! But I managed to restrain myself, and I’m looking forward to making Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Wonder Cups later this week. This project looks more complicated but fun (and delicious)! The materials included are: 1 pomegranate, 70% cacao chocolate, sea salt flakes, and mini paper cups.
Overall, I am extremely happy with this box. I will definitely use everything that I received, and the quality of materials is top-notch. I’m thinking about gifting a few boxes for Christmas this year, since the packaging is so lovely and it’s a really unique gift idea. If I had to find a negative about this box, it would be that the information sheets have a number of typos, but that’s such a small and forgivable thing (I bet I have a bunch in this blog post too) that it doesn’t matter.
But seriously, for anyone else out there who is unsure about The Homegrown Collective, I recommend at least trying it for one month! I’m really glad that I did and I think I’ll be subscribing for a whole year so I can get the free shipping. I’d love to hear from any other subscribers about what they thought of the August box!
As always, all views in this review are the opinion of the author. Nothing was received in exchange for a review, and I am not affiliated with The Homegrown Collective