I love subscription boxes. It is so much fun to be surprised with different items that come to you in the mail. Over the past few years, I have used several different subscription box services. The problem is that it doesn’t fit in with the minimalist lifestyle that I am trying to cultivate. Over the past year, I have been making a concerted effort to reign in my spending and only buy things when I need them. Just because that store is having a sale, doesn’t mean I need to look online for all the good deals. Rather than buying a bunch of just okay stuff, why don’t I wait until a need arises and then splurge on something I really like? Overall, I would say that I am doing pretty well in this regard. One of my goals for 2019 was to spend more money on experiences than on things.
Back to subscription boxes. I have recognized that most of them are not a good use of my money and that they give me extra clutter. It is the definition of buying things just because and not related to a need. So, I have cut back on my subscriptions. I do still have a couple though. Oops. Causebox is one of them. I joined Causebox in the summer of 2017. So I have had two years of Causeboxes. One thing that makes it slightly more manageable is that it is a seasonal subscription, not monthly, like many others. So I get one box for each season. The other thing that makes Causebox fun is that each item is curated to expose you to companies that do good in the world. You can be assured that every item you receive in your Causebox has been ethically made by a socially conscious company. This makes me feel a little better about the splurge.
My past two years of Causeboxes have included some awesome items including jewelry, home goods, beauty products, apparel, and artwork. Some of my favorite items received include a Haiti design co-op keychain, a Mela artisans photo frame, a Krochet Kids pompom beanie, a Tribe Alive table runner, a Symbology kimono, Scentuals rosehip beauty oil, a Fair Seas supply towel, Zoya nail polish, a Tribe Alive foldover clutch, a S’well water bottle, an Idlewild planner, various specially designed prints that I have framed, and much, much more. One of the things that makes it nice is that the worth of the items in each box is usually much more than the cost paid. Sometimes, I like the box more than other times. Because there is diversity in the items, not every box will be a fit for each person who receives it. It has been worth it for me, however. You can also just choose to buy individual boxes. They do release the items that will be included in each box before they are purchased and mailed.
I wanted to share my most recent Causebox. I got the summer 2019 box in the mail today! Each box has special artwork on it that was commissioned specifically for the box. The artist always designs a postcard to include also. I have framed a few of them over the years. This Causebox art theme was designed by Antra Svarcs, and depicted women at the pool. Another really fun thing about the Causebox is that it comes with a little magazine. The magazine has an article about each item and company involved in the box. So there is an interview with the artist where she talks about how she hopes that her art can “inspire positive change and engagement.” The magazine also includes promotional codes to get discounts if you want to shop some more with any of the featured companies.
When unboxing a new Causebox, I like to start with the magazine. As I read each article, I pull out the corresponding item to connect it with the story of its creators and how that particular company works to bring about good in the world. The first item featured in this season’s box is a caftan that was hand-woven in India. It can be used as a swim cover-up or a towel. I have received a few Tribe Alive items in my Causeboxes over the years. They are all beautiful and of high quality. Tribe Alive is committed to ethical practices and empowering artisans. As mentioned in the article: “If more companies committed to providing sustainable work to marginalized communities, we could impact economic insecurity on a large scale.” Tribe Alive employs female artisans and managers in India, allowing women to provide for their families and show younger females women in a leadership role, which is not always common in Indian villages.
My next item is a swimsuit wet bag made from recycled polyester by Quagga Green. Like many of the items in the Causebox, there are multiple designs or options. These were designed by Melanie Johnsson. The one I received says “Today is a good day.” It is super cute, and an item that I actually need. I don’t currently own a wet bag, so now I will have something to throw a swimsuit in when out and about. I also received a super cute straw tote that could be used at the beach or just about anywhere. It was made by Altru, which is Causebox’s in-house brand. As part of the vision for this product, Causebox “partnered with global and local charities that are fighting to protect and conserve our beaches, oceans, and marine life through research and educational programs, as well as on-the-ground, community-oriented action.”
My summer Causebox also included a set of scrunchies from Banded2Gether. Scrunchies are newly back in style, and even though I cut my hair short today, I know that I will eventually get some good use out of them. They are a cute set with light, pastel colors. The company donates three meals to the hungry for every product sold. The box also included a bottle of All Good reef-friendly sport sunscreen. The brand grows its own ingredients in California. It is important to look at the ingredients in your sunscreen, not just for your own health, but also for the health of our ocean and coral reefs when you are at the beach.
The next item is a Hanalei aloe gel from Hawaii. It is made using natural Hawaiian botanicals and is infused with a cucumber essence. It smells nice, and I can’t wait to use it. When I went to Maui nine years ago, I fell in love with the smell of the lotion at my resort. I took the small bottle home and was transported back to the island every time I used it. The last item in the box is an insulated tumbler from Reduce Everyday. I use reusable water bottles every single day, and love the stainless steel that keeps your drink cold all day long. This is a cute little tumbler that could be used at the pool, beach, or anywhere. The magazine even included a recipe for a mint limeade to use in the tumbler. Please try to minimize your use of any single use products. I make this effort as often as I can. Reduce Everyday “partners with a local charity from Georgia called Chattahoochee River Keeper, to sponsor its mission and send volunteers to river cleanups.”
If I have piqued your interest into subscribing to this awesome box, send me your email address and I will send you a referral for $10 off your first box. It really is a fun way to find out about the myriad of companies out there that are looking to do good with their businesses.