We’re living through unprecedented times right now. No matter how this Coronavirus pandemic shelter-in-place concludes, this will be a time our kids will look back on and tell their kids about. What the story will be isn’t entirely clear right now, but one thing is for certain: if we all do our part to reduce the Covid-19 spread, hopefully the story will be much less tragic than the recent projections propose.
But that doesn’t make the emotions we’re all grappling with any less real. For many, this is the first time disappointment, uncertainty and fear is becoming part of our everyday lives. And through all of this tragedy and stress, there are some beautiful silver linings to be found. We’re learning to be grateful for what we have, conserve our resources and reduce excess consumption, and for non-essential employees and those working from home, embracing the opportunity to spend valuable time together with our families (those of us who don’t currently live alone anyway).
Running a quick errand has become a huge undertaking, with many stores closed due to not being an “essential” service, and those that are open have a line that extends outside and around the building. Once you finally get inside, you’re likely to discover there’s no toilet paper, Clorox wipes or hand sanitizer remaining.
While many are scrambling to adjust daily routines to this new isolated reality, I feel very grateful for the luxury of subscription deliveries that have enabled me to reasonably comfortably remain home. Huge shoutout to the delivery workers who have allowed me to avoid the germs and crazies at the store while keeping my families and community safe.
But let’s face it – it was hard enough to be a conscious consumer before receiving the dreaded COVID-19 shelter-in-place notice. Now, we’ve shifted into survival mode – so it’s understandable if reducing single-use plastic waste and shopping for only eco-friendly and sustainable goods has become less of a priority than simply ensuring your family has their needs met during these stressful and trying times.
Fortunately, there are some fantastic brands out there that can not only simplify your life when you’re trying to minimize leaving the house, but also allow you to be a more conscious consumer.
So here are my top recommendations for sustainable subscriptions that will help you maintain a little bit of your sanity through the Coronavirus quarantine season:
Keep your bathroom stocked with a Who Gives a Crap toilet paper subscription
Who Gives a Crap offers tree-free paper products including 100% recycled or 100% bamboo toilet paper and tissues, and bamboo/sugarcane-based paper towels.
- The sustainable benefit: In addition to being tree-free, Who Gives a Crap donates 50% of profits to help build toilets in impoverished areas across the world.
- The quarantine benefit: I never knew how valuable this subscription would be until I saw all my friends scrambling to find toilet paper in the stores while I still have cabinets full and my next delivery scheduled for next month.
- How to sign up: Schedule your first Who Gives a Crap delivery and have your TP delivered right to your door. Though they used to be a little-known secret, this toilet paper scurry has them sold out, but hopefully they will be replenished soon!
Skip the dreaded grocery store run with an Imperfect Produce subscription
Imperfect Produce offers weekly, bi-weekly or monthly box deliveries of fresh produce from your staple apples and carrots to pantry items, meats and seafoods, various unusual drink options and seasonal fruits and veggies that you may not always find at the grocery store.
- The sustainable benefit: Imperfect Produce is committed to reducing food waste by buying up surplus, cosmetically imperfect, or otherwise unsellable produce and grocery items. All of their items are sustainably sourced and they donate thousands of pounds of food each week to nonprofits across the country.
- The quarantine benefit: Our unusual family favorites are the romanesque broccoli and shiitaki mushrooms – but during this crazy quarantine, we’ve developed a new fondness for the staples they offer as it’s allowed us to avoid having to go to the grocery store at all for the past two weeks.
- How to sign up: Head over to ImperfectFoods.com and sign up for your first box. You get to customize your box in advance, and it’s always a fun surprise to sift through the different options each time.
Keep the laundry going with a Dropps eco-friendly laundry detergent subscription
Dropps is a subscription laundry detergent service that provides zero waste laundry pods with no unnecessary fillers or dyes, shipped in eco-responsible packaging with carbon neutral shipping.
- The sustainable benefit: Dropps makes it easy to do your part in reducing single use plastic waste by doing away with the heavy plastic jugs that are piling up in our landfills in favor of biodegradable laundry pods. Plus, their plant-based ingredients ensure your laundry isn’t adding to water contamination, they don’t test on animals, and their packaging is all recyclable and compostable.
- The quarantine benefit: No need to hit the store when you’re running low on laundry detergent. Just adjust your Dropps shipment date accordingly and the package arrives at your doorstep with a few days.
- How to sign up: Set your laundry detergent preferences and subscription frequency at Dropps.com and you’ll get your carbon neutral Dropps shipment within a few days!
Step up your dinner menu with a ButcherBox subscription
Somehow my husband and I have fallen into the traditional “man brings home the meat, woman harvests the produce” roles. I’ve been stocking up our weekly Imperfect Produce deliveries, and my husband added a Butcher Box subscription to round out our meal-cooking options. We’re big on home-cooked meals even when we’re not SIP (sheltering in place), so having a variety of quality meat options available allows us to maintain some sense of normalcy throughout all of this with tasty home-cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- The sustainable benefit: Their tagline is “the neighborhood butcher for modern America”, as they sustainably source high-quality, humanely raised 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef and organic free-range chicken with no antibiotics or added hormones.
- The quarantine benefit: Our new Butcher Box subscription allows us to stay away from stores by delivering to our door high-quality sustainable meat so we can maintain our regular delicious meal-cooking routine (though I can’t really take this credit – hubby works magic in the kitchen).
- How to sign up: Visit ButcherBox.com and join the waitlist to get in the queue for a monthly subscription. As with most online subscription grocery services right now, they’re a bit backed up on orders but even after joining the waitlist, our box arrived just two weeks later.
Treat yourself with a CAUSEBOX subscription
CAUSEBOX is a seasonal box subscription that delivers 6-8 curated items from socially conscious brands to your door once a season.
- The sustainable benefit: With a tagline like “Better products for a better world”, CAUSEBOX is raising the bar for socially conscious brands while also increasing exposure for these small brands that deserve to be coveted for their noble causes and environmental attentiveness.
- The quarantine benefit: While getting out and shopping is certainly not an option right now, these beautiful sustainable, eco-friendly and fair trade goods are lovely and you can feel great knowing you supported a brand that deserves your patronage.
- How to sign up: Visit CAUSEBOX.com to sign up for your first box,. And FYI they really aren’t exaggerating about the $200+ value for only $49.95 – I’ve been stunned at the quality of the goods I have received every box so far.