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greenUP Box Subscription Review – December 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 a theme of everyday life 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 U.S. for $3; Alaska and Hawaii for $6

greenUP The Morning Routine Review


Each box arrives with a product list complete with a brief description of each item.


HiBAR Salon Shampoo Bar – Retail Value $13.95

Shampoo bars take a little bit of practice to get the hang of, but I think I’ll really like this one. First I tried to create a lather in my hands, but I ended up eventually applying directly to my roots. After massaging the product into my scalp for about a minute I rinsed. This shampoo bar moisturizes using rice protein and coconut oil, but I definitely needed to follow up with conditioner, as I always do.


MamaP Bamboo Toothbrush & Travel Case – Retail Value $14

This may sound weird, but I love receiving toothbrushes in subscription boxes. It is fun to try different brands other than what you’d usually see at the grocery store, and I appreciate any effort into cutting down my plastic use. Not only is this toothbrush comfortable to use, but it is also very stylish and 100% compostable and recyclable. I feel great using MamaP; it is a woman- and minority-owned business and every purchase supports women as well as the environment. So many wins!


Compostable Floss in Bamboo Container – Retail Value $13.95

Every year I promise myself I will do better with flossing, and every year I do great at first, but heading into March, I usually go back to my old habits of foregoing flossing every other night. Once I run out of floss, it is hard for me to remember to pick more up, but this bamboo reusable container may be a game-changer! The floss inside is not lubricated/waxed as much as I like, but after some digging, I found a few sources with other “gentle” floss refill options. This bamboo case was really unexpected; I love the way it looks on my bathroom shelf, and I am excited to try, yet again, with my New Year’s resolution! 2021!


Ruut Mint Toothpaste Tabs, 62 tablets – Retail Value $10

I don’t know if I can include all of the amazing details about this product succinctly, but here it goes! The look of the packaging is sleek and plastic-free. The taste is fresh, minty, and is invigorating after you rinse, with a memorable cooling aftereffect. I woke up this morning, and my mouth felt abnormally fresh and clean. The tablets, whose ingredients are non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free, also have a shelf life of up to 2 years! Need I go on? No pasty mess with tube caps that have gone MIA (usually behind the toilet!) and so travel friendly! My only gripe is that there is not an option with fluoride; however, this formula is supposed to still help to fight cavities, whiten teeth, and reduce sensitivity. You get 62 tablets (a one-month supply) for $10 which averages to about $.16 per brush.


The GreenCo. Organic Cotton Reusable Rounds, 14 count – Retail Value $13.95

GreenCo. reusable rounds have two distinct sides to help remove makeup. One is made with bamboo fiber to exfoliate and the other is made from cotton velvet to use on more sensitive areas of the face. You can use these with just water or you can add makeup remover (I prefer micellar water) on those heavier makeup days. I received these as a gift not too long ago, and I absolutely love them! Their website says that you can reuse these up to 14,000 times – imagine the waste you are preventing! I don’t know if it is hygienic to keep them that long, but even if I held on to these for a year or two, it would do the Earth some good. They also come with a mesh laundry bag to use when you’re machine or handwashing these babies.


The Farmer’s Touch Natural & Sustainable Foot Cream – Retail Value $28

One thing readers may not know about me is that I have very sexy feet. Haha! That may or may not be true, but I do take very good care of my feet with a rigorous scrub and moisturizing regimen to prevent callouses, rough skin, etc. Maybe that sounds crazy, but the thought of dry, scratchy feet gives me the willies. When I first opened this tin, I thought, “this ‘concentrated’ cream will not satisfy my need for emollient TLC,” and I think I may have misjudged. It is a very thin, lotion-like cream that is very easy to spread, and it made my feet feel very hydrated. This is a very small tin, so I definitely think this tin is overpriced, even with the extra refill it comes with, but I will enjoy it while it lasts.


Organic Hemp Soap Bag – Retail Value $10.95

Soap bags are excellent for mild exfoliation, they provide awesome lather, and they help conserve your bar of soap! They are especially handy when your soap is too small to handle. This hemp bag is naturally anti-microbial and feels extremely well-crafted. It is safe to machine wash this bag in a laundry bag, but I will likely handwash it.

Verdict: This month’s greenUP “The Morning Routine” box curation is excellent! I think it is obvious that I was pretty thrilled with all of the items sent out for December, and I am thoroughly enjoying my new eco-friendly products. I found everything in this box to be extremely useful, making it very much worth the cost!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, this box is still available! Order by January 8th to receive “The Morning Routine” box.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $39.95 +$3 shipping, which means that each of the 7 items in the box has an average cost of $6.14. At $42.95 total ($39.95 +$3 shipping) for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • HiBAR Salon Shampoo Bar: $5.71
  • MamaP Bamboo Toothbrush & Travel Case: $5.72
  • Compostable Floss in Bamboo Container: $5.71
  • Ruut Mint Toothpaste Tabs: $4.10
  • The GreenCo. Organic Cotton Reusable Rounds: $5.71
  • The Farmer’s Touch Foot Cream: $11.48
  • Organic Hemp Soap Bag: $4.49

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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.

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Comments (12)

  1. This looks like a nice box, and it’s the cutest floss container.

  2. The HiBar shampoo is my holy grail. It is absolutely fabulous if you travel a lot. I originally got it in my MightyFix Body sub, then quickly bought several more through Causebox add on sale. I gave one to my friend who is a backpacker and he loved it so much that he bought one for his other backpacking friend. Their conditioner doesn’t provide enough moisture for my hair, which is on the drier side, but the shampoo is the best. It’ll leave your hair SO soft. Definitely apply directly to your roots, add a little extra water and you can work up a really good lather.

    I’ve also gotten different brands of eco floss (but in a stainless steel tin), tooth tabs, toothbrush made out of recycled yogurt cups from my MightyFix sub. And the cotton rounds from Causebox. They’ve all become staple “swaps” for me. This seems like a faster way to amass a reusable collection. Very nice curation!

  3. ooh! i like the idea of this…

  4. The packaging on that shampoo bar makes it look like a makeup sponge. I’m intrigued. 😂

    • I thought the same thing! It looks so cute sitting on the ledge in my tub.

  5. Would love to try the shampoos bar. All of it sounds wonderful. Just a little bit much for me

  6. loved how this review was written! The box seems pretty nice too. definitely considering it

    • Thanks for reading, Gloria! 🙂

  7. I received those rounds with Causebox. They are fabulous. I split my bag with my sister. I’ll never go back to disposable cotton rounds.

  8. I wish I had sexy feet. Ha Ha. Fun review but this box is a miss for me.

    • Haha! I may have exaggerated just a little there 😉

  9. Those all look pretty useful! And the toothbrush is cute. 🙂

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