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greenUP Box Subscription Review – Summer 2020

greenUP Box is a bi-monthly subscription box that focuses on providing earth-friendly discoveries to reduce the use of disposable plastic in your life. This subscription will help to replace those items with reusable, more eco-friendly finds. Each box is curated around an everyday life theme to sustain plastic-free habits within that area of your life.


This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

About greenUP Box

The Subscription Box: greenUP Box

The Cost: $39.95/month + shipping

The Products: 4-6 eco-friendly products empowering you to use less plastic and produce less waste in one area of your life.

Ships to: The continental US for $3; Alaska and Hawaii for $6

greenUP Summer Box 2020 Review


Each box has a product list complete with a brief description of each item and its value.


EiR Surf Mud SPF 30, 2 oz – Retail Value $24

Zinc sunscreen is a must-have for clean, non-chemical UVA and UVB protection. This SPF 30 balm goes on with a sheen, but after it sinks in, it feels very hydrating, and dare I say, non-greasy? I have very dry, sensitive skin, so my pores soaked up the nourishing cocoa butter and vitamin E oils. It also smells like cocoa butter, yum! I wore this on a very hot day while doing some weed pulling, and my face was protected through my sweat and tears.


Kokoa Botanics Sport Natural Detox Deodorant in Frankensence + Orange, 2.65 oz – Retail Value $11

I’ve had the best luck with natural deodorants this summer! They have come such a long way since I first started dabbling in cleaner formulas, and here is yet another I can add to my ever-growing favorites. I was impressed by how softening and smooth this deodorant felt; it melted into my skin and I was odor-free all day. Kaolin clay and coral calcium aid in moisture absorption and odor protection. This vegan, toxin-free, and plastic-free body care item is a healthier alternative for you and for planet Earth!


Earth Suds Body Wash Tablets, 9 tablets – Listed Value $5 (Buy 30 for $14.99 here)

This is a brand new concept for me. One little cube is enough product (for me) for one quick shower. I crushed the cube into my hands, which created a generous lather. I was able to cover myself with the soap from head to toe, but I felt like I had to rush to use it, otherwise, I would have lost a lot of product down the drain. I like to conserve my bath products so one cube sufficed, but if you are anything like my husband (who goes through an unreasonable amount of shower products), you would need 2-3 cubes per shower to “feel clean.” That would get awfully expensive! I really loved sampling this body wash, and I think it would be awesome for travel but not practical for everyday use.


Hav & Jord Copper Water Bottle – Listed Value $35

Copper water bottles have antibacterial properties, so this will be a great accessory for 2020. I really like this lightweight and leak-proof bottle; it holds about 18 oz and is comfortable to drink from. I never knew this, but the info card says that water stored in copper becomes alkaline which is all the better!


Hav & Jord Organic Cotton French Net Bag – Listed Value $12

No matter the sitch, I am never without a reusable shopping bag. I have about 10 in my car at all times, two in my purse, and another in Ro’s diaper bag. Excessive? Yes, but they are all there “just in case”… This net bag is perfect for produce shopping at the grocery store. It is big enough to fit my order of summer fruits and veggies but small enough that I won’t overfill and crush anything. Another plus, I absolutely love the color of this bag; it is perfect all year ’round, but it is especially nice for summer months.


Hav & Jord Bamboo Straw Set with Cotton Pouch – Listed Value $10

I am always drinking out of reusable straws at home, but this is my first collection of bamboo straws! They are eco-friendly, sustainable, and pesticide-free. This set comes with a cotton pouch to store them in and a cleaning brush to get all the nooks and crannies squeaky clean. Bamboo staws definitely have a modern, almost beachy aesthetic to them which looks much nicer than any plastic straw I’ve seen. In order to keep these looking and working their best, I’d give these a quick scrub and refrain from submerging them, unless they are in use of course.

Verdict: I am totally on board with greenUP’s anti-plastic incentive. The items in this box will not only be useful, but I will feel like I am doing my part by choosing to consume less waste while also minimizing my carbon footprint. Everything I received in the Summer Box is awesome quality and well worth the cost of the subscription. It is amazing how much plastic is out there, and by taking small steps every day, I think we could all make a huge difference. The total value of this box adds up to $97, over double the $39.95 + $3 shipping subscription cost; I’m an avid recycler and wouldn’t be caught dead with a plastic bag, so this box was well suited for my lifestyle.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? This box is sold out; you will receive the Market Box which ships in early August.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $39.95 +$3 shipping, which means that each of the 6 items in the box has an average cost of $7.16.

Check out all of our greenUP Box reviews and our list of the best eco-friendly subscription boxes!

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Written by Abby Holsinger

Abby Holsinger

Abby has been a box enthusiast since July 2011, finding her calling with Birchbox. That was the start of a new era for Abby, because she is now hooked on the subscription box life; she loves the idea of receiving (several) thoughtful treats from genius curators such as Lisa Sugar and Rachel Zoe. A few other loves of hers would be her dog named Bill Murray, Bill Murray and chocolate babka.

Posted in greenUP Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: greenup box | 21 comments

Comments (21)

  1. This box looks awesome!!!

  2. I think this box is pretty awesome.

    The review was great.

    Wishing you all a safe and wonderful weekend.

    • You too, Sam! Thanks for reading!

  3. I won’t pay that much to go green.. I mean I bike ride everyday instead of drive (hard work). And the best thing you can do is not have a kid or kids. I’m 30 decided no children to add to the over population. I also have very little trash. I love meat but cutting back on the amount ate.

    Money is precious.. Buying a $45 monthly box won’t do anything much to save the planet. Lol

    I mean yeah cool a reusable bag.. But use it to buy fruits and veggies and not packaged goods you’ll have to dispose of like chips, crackers, candy.. ECT 😉 otherwise what’s the point?

    • It’s not that serious. It’s just a box.

    • Agreed. I think this box is nice to try out some new products but at the end of the day, you’re buying into consumerism and it’s probably more wasteful to buy new things that are supposed to help you “go green” than use what you already have more creatively.
      These items seem useful and the curation’s not bad, I just wouldn’t say this is gonna help the planet lol

  4. If you lather the shower cubes into a washcloth you’ll probably retain more product & not have to rush your scrubbing!

    • That definitely helped a little! 🙂

  5. Those bamboo straws! 😍

    • Great review!

      • Thanks for reading 🙂

  6. the cubes are a neat idea. one way to stop yourself from losing product would be to stop the water after you’re wet and got a lather from the cube. That might be part of the point in using those: discourage wasting water.

    • Agree. Showers, in general, are a huge water-waster.

    • Very true!

  7. Too expensive imo. I have most of this stuff at a fraction of the cost.

  8. Give me break. They review boxes here and give THEIR opinions on the products. No one is “touting” anything! She read the words written on the packaging insert and wrote them in her review. MSA does not discuss pseudoscience on this site. That is ridiculous!

    • Sure they do. And by the way, Abby, copper is not just toxic to bacteria. It is toxic to humans too. If that water bottle is lined with another metal, then the copper isn’t doing anything to the water. And if it isn’t lined with another metal, then you’re ingesting copper, which is much worse for your health than the aluminum you’re so keen to avoid in deodorants. BTW, aluminum will NOT give you Alzheimer’s.

      • Well, actually, copper is an essential nutrient and is required cofactor for certain metalloenzymes in the body that play a vital role in in vivo processes. We all need to ingest copper for normal functioning; nuts, for example, are a good source of copper. Yes, too much – or too little – copper can be a problem, but it is completely inaccurate to state that it is toxic as you have stated. Before trying to trash the reviewer, maybe first make sure your facts are correct.

  9. And after all of the natural deodorant evangelism on this site, now they have added on touting “alkaline water”. I just can’t with all of the pseudoscience that this site is rife with. I’m out.

    • Agreed.

    • You mean it wasn’t the constant crystal woo that did you in? lol

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