Nine of the UK’s Best Sustainable Subscription Boxes

Trying to reduce your carbon footprint? Want to live more sustainably? These planet-friendly subscription boxes – featuring all-natural beauty and plastic-free lifestyle products – take the hassle out of going low-waste and make great, green gifts too.

Sustainable living needn't mean installing solar panels or selling all your worldly possessions to live off the land. There are many small steps that we can take towards a more environmentally friendly lifestyle without stepping foot out the door - quite literally. These subscription boxes take the hassle out of reducing your carbon footprint at home. Expect all-natural beauty products, eco-cleaning essentials and wonky veg rescued from going to waste. Planet-friendly living (and green gift-giving) just got that bit easier.

Zero-waste and plastic-free: nine of the best eco-friendly subscription boxes

Authentic House

A great all-round box for fledgeling eco-warriors and those who simply like to feel good about filling their homes with nice, plastic-free things while discovering sustainable brands. Tailor your subscription to your personal interests, the number of products you want and how often you want them. A tree is planted for every box sold.

What's in the box? Everyday essentials such as candles, coffee, stationery, kitchen items, beauty and laundry products.

Cost: From £15.50

Delivery: UK and Europe

authentichouse.co.uk

Natural Wellness Box

This bi-monthly subscription box packs in as many as seven new, full-size products from established, artisan and emerging brands to help you keep on top of what's hot in sustainable health and beauty. Each box revolves around a different theme, with past collections centred around bedtime, botanicals and how to find a little balance.

What's in the box? Luxury sustainable beauty and wellbeing products including healthy snacks, supplements, herbal teas and all-natural skincare.

Cost: From £38

Delivery: UK and Europe

Naturalwellnessbox.co.uk

Leo’s Box

Leo stands for Loving Earth's Oceans - the raison d'etre of this sustainable subscription box - but it also forms the initials of its founder Lysander, who founded the box when he was just 16. Thoroughly vetted, eco-friendly alternatives to household and personal-care products arrive in fully recyclable packaging. Added feel-good factor comes from knowing that a tree is planted for every box purchased and you saved money from buying in shops. Win, win, win.

What's in the box? Kitchen cleaner, coconut scourers, beeswax wraps, coffee scrubs, natural deodorant and more.

Cost: From £20

Delivery: UK

leosbox.co.uk

Homethings

Homethings invites you to "join the cleaner cleaning club" (and has a few no-nonsense podcast episodes on sustainability for while you're wiping down the bathroom sink, too). Sidestepping single-use plastics, its Keep It Clean Kit includes three rather dapper glass bottles that can be refilled time and again with non-toxic, vegan-friendly cleaning tablets that dissolve in water. The flexible subscription service helps you save a few pennies and makes sure you never run out of tabs.

What's in the box? Three refillable glass bottles and effervescent eco cleaning tabs (including an all-purpose cleaner, a bathroom cleaner and one for glass and mirrors).

Cost: From £24

Delivery: UK and select countries in Europe

gethomethings.com

gethomethings.com

Oddbox

As much as 30 per cent of the world's fruit and veg is considered scrap before it even leaves the farm, let alone makes it to the back of our fridge. Oddbox works directly with UK farmers to rescue wonky and surplus produce that would otherwise go to waste. Subscribe for a year and, according to Oddbox, you'll prevent 312kg of carbon emissions.

What's in the box? Fruit and veg

Cost: From £10.99

Delivery: London

oddbox.co.uk

TheVeganKind

Whether you're a die-hard vegan or dabbling in a plant-based lifestyle, TheVeganKind's great-value beauty and lifestyle boxes help you keep on top of the most exciting cruelty-free products on the green market. A portion of profits from every box you receive goes towards animal charities. Subscription not your style? Visit TheVeganKind Supermarket instead.

What's in the box? All-vegan healthy snacks, household products, skincare and cosmetics.

Cost: From £8

Delivery: Lifestyle Box, worldwide; Beauty Box, UK only

thevegankind.com

Who Gives a Crap?

We can't say we've ever felt excited about loo roll until we subscribed to Who Gives a Crap?. Proving that no tree needs to be lopped down for loo roll, these guys make toilet paper from 100-per-cent forest-friendly bamboo - no inks, no dyes, no scents, just some seriously pretty (and recyclable) packaging. You'll never have that run-out-of-loo-paper emergency again and, better yet, 50 per cent of profits go towards building toilets and improving sanitation in the developing world.

What's in the box? Recycled toilet paper.

Cost: From £26

Delivery: UK, Europe and Australia

uk.whogivesacrap.org

Shorebox

Did you know that there are more than five trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean? This fact (and a few viewings of Blue Planet II) convinced the founders of Shorebox to start this ocean-friendly sustainable subscription box. Its no-frills monthly box delivers four zero-waste items that take the fuss out of going plastic-free.

What's in the box? Eco-friendly essentials for the home (think: loo cleaner and Turtle bags) and toiletries including soaps, bamboo cotton buds and natural deodorant.

Cost: £14.99

Delivery: UK

shorebox.co.uk

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Zed Bees

This family-run business wants to help you trade in your typical toothpaste, shower gel et al. for zero-waste, handmade grooming products - and make it affordable too. Box options include gift and monthly subscriptions, as well as starter packs to kick off your bathroom overhaul. See something you like? Curate a Build-a-Box or shop individual products in the plastic-free shop.

What's in the box? Organic, sustainable and vegan-friendly bathroom essentials such as shampoo bars, toothpaste tablets, biodegradable floss, reusable cotton pads and shaving kits.

Cost: From £10

Delivery: UK

zedbees.com

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