Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to streamline a part of your life by automating it. Because, when you’re organized (like how I reorganized my kitchen), it’s more efficient.
Whether you choose something in the kitchen or not, let’s try to free up some time for all those recipes you’ve wanted to try but couldn’t manage because your life is too busy.
I try to automate everything. The normal stuff like bills and calendar reminders for sure.
Years ago I even automated our tithing, assigning each of our favorite charities to a month and scheduling bill-pay through my bank to send money for 25 years.
Then, I started looking for ways to automate my regular purchases – from groceries to household goods.
A blog colleague and friend, Crystal Paine, emailed me about an automated service she’s been loving: Grove Collaborative.
My Honest Grove Collaborative Review
Grove Collaborative is a flexible recurring shipment service focused on non-toxic living almost exclusively!
I was excited to start the ordering process, which is smooth and simple, about 3 minutes.
I answered super fast questions about family size, how much we clean, etc., and they recommended quantities of things like toilet paper, garbage bags, etc (that were probably just about right!). You can change them with a click if you need to.
I love automating products we use a lot because it saves me time and mental energy. The default timing is for orders to come every month, but the frequency and products in each order are completely up to you.
Carbon Offset Shipping
I want to support companies that take care of the environment and Grove Collaborative is worth it with their shipping practices. Not only are they a Certified B Corporation, but they do carbon offsetting. According to their website:
“Carbon offsetting is the reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to offset an emission made elsewhere.
“Here’s how it works: we purchase credits to fund projects that reduce pollution such as wind farms, solar installations, or energy efficiency retrofits in order to counteract our shipping emissions.
“We carbon offset every shipment at no cost to you. It’s a great way for our whole community to reduce our carbon footprint!”
Now, that’s something to feel good about. AND their shipping is lightning fast.
What To Buy From Grove Collaborative:
Their flagship brands include Seventh Generation, Method and Mrs. Meyer’s. All the ingredients are are easy to find. I was very happy to see that the sun care products, for example, were cleaner than most.
I got up to $100 in my cart far too quickly!
Hence, I discovered a super cool feature – You can drag items you don’t want now to a “holding basket” and save them for later. Again – so. dang. quick. I was happy not to have to click around in and out of a wish list or whatever to “save my work.” I’ll never have to browse again!
Grove always has an incredible free gift for new members, often a whole basket of items, not just one little thing, so head on over and find out what it is today!
I had Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap all picked out as my freebie item after checking my old review (from 2009!) to make sure I remembered correctly that I liked it.
And then I saw the methylisothiazolinone in the ingredients.
I wrote about methylisothiazolinone in 2015 so now that I’m more informed than I was in 2009, it’s not something I would be recommending to all of you.
It turned out that I was Grove’s first “truly” green partner, so I spent some time on the phone explaining the m-word, and they were super receptive. Still, be sure check ingredients of products while shopping.
What I Buy From Grove Collaborative
These are the products that I regularly subscribe to from Grove Collaborative because it’s cheaper than Amazon and brand retail:
- We get both Seventh Generation Unbleached ($12.99/12 rolls) & 100% Recycled Toilet Paper ($9.99/12 rolls)
- Seventh Generation feminine products, which I use sparingly because I have a reusable silicone menstrual cup
- Grove hand sanitizer (both squirt and pump)
- Grove castile soap ($6.95/8 oz.)
- Molly’s Suds laundry detergent & oxygen whitener
- You know how dishwasher detergent is so dependent on one’s water, so that what works for someone might not work for the next person? I know I’ve spent plenty of time and money testing out various natural and homemade detergents until I found a few that worked (and then had to start over in our new house). At our old house, Mrs. Meyer’s dishwasher tabs ($25.99/80 tabs) were great. I just got Method dishwasher tabs ($12.99/45 tabs) with my own Grove order, and no complaints so far. Seventh Generation ($12.99/45 tabs) didn’t work well for us, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work well for you.
- Seventh Generation dish soap ($4.09/22 oz.)
- If You Care coffee filters ($2.99/100) & parchment paper ($5.99/70 sq. ft.)
- Seventh Generation disinfectant wipes ($7.99/70) for classroom donations
- Seventh Generation recycled kitchen garbage bags (5.99/20)
- BioBag compostable plastic zipper bags ($4.99/30) although we use our reusable snack and sandwich bags 99% of the time
- BioBag compost bin bags ($4.59/25)
- Grove coconut body lotion ($14.95/6 oz.)
- Preserve Shave razors and blades made from recycled yogurt containers!
- Schmidt’s deodorant ($6.99/6.25 oz.)
- Lovely 7 piece bamboo straw set that I’ve given to a few people as gifts for $6.95
- Sturdy 3 pack of 16 oz. glass spray bottles too for homemade cleaners for $34.95
Please note that stock changes occasionally and all these items might not necessarily be available.
Is Grove Collaborative Worth It?
Yes! Overall, Grove Collaborative has an awesome spread of natural products for prices you can’t beat and I appreciate that the subscription times are very flexible.
You can also use Rakuten to get a few bucks every time you shop on Grove Collaborative.
The Grove Co Happiness Guarantee
The Grove Collaborative return policy allows you to try Grove with confidence. Here’s the deal:
- If you are not completely satisfied with the quality of any product that you ordered, you may return the product and request a refund within 30 days of delivery. They’ll send you a pre-paid shipping label.
- There is never any commitment. You can cancel anytime, or delay shipments as long as you’d like.
- They’re easy to reach via email, live chat on our website, or via the phone. You’ll always hear back from Grove within 24 hours, and almost always much, much faster than that.
They have a whole “unscented” category! That makes me happy too as I try to avoid the dangers of parabens.
As you browse, just one word of caution: know that it’s not all non-toxic natural stuff. Deodorant definitely isn’t, and some things are “on the line” IMO. But they add new products often!
They have a nice referral program. For each person you invite who places an order, you’ll earn $10 and your friend will receive a free gift set.
I hope you love shopping with Grove! Have you tried Grove Collaborative yet?
So whether you choose to automate your natural cleaning and personal products, your tithing, or a weekly menu plan – find something to make your life easier and free up time to make homemade raspberry honey bon bons…
Or just take a moment with your kids to do something awesome like pulling apart a dead bug to look at its wings under a microscope.
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