Ever since my recent “awakening” to the zero waste movement, a portion of my days have been dedicated to researching low-or-no-waste (with an emphasis on plastic-free) alternatives to my established lifestyle and habits. One side benefit to doing copious google searches, is that I now get bombarded with targeted ads, promising me that their company offers a “healthy, effective, eco-friendly, and affordable” product that I simply can’t live without. And though I never considered myself susceptible to online advertising, I have fallen prey to a few of the more persuasive promotions.
You may have seen Grove.co on Instagram, advertising everything from a self-portioning laundry detergent bottle to a generous Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day gift set*. I admit I got suckered into the latter (even though it comes in – GASP – plastic bottles), and placed a large order along with a 60 day free VIP membership trial. The results? If you have 10 minutes, you can see for yourself (for you TL/DR people, just skip ahead to the 10:25 mark to see the products that I ordered):
Not including the bribes – I mean free gifts – there are some cool products here that I am enjoying and will likely purchase again as needed. The “wins” for me included:
BioBag – Pet Waste Compost Bags (note, these do not come in rolls and will not work in those little poop bag dispensers)
Preserve – Shave5 Starter System (very much enjoying the five blade shave)
Preserve – Kids Soft Toothbrush (the kid reports “it worked”)
Preserve – Soft Toothbrush (feels like a normal, if low end, toothbrush)
Grove Collaborative – Hydrating Bar Soap (smells really good, I actually love this soap)
Grove Collaborative – Walnut Scrubber Sponge, Set of 2 (yes it comes in plastic but so do the other plant-based sponges I was using)
And in the “now I know better” category are the following:
Full Circle – Suds Up Soap Dispensing Dish Brush (bristles splayed really drastically within a couple of washes, and the head snapped off within a couple of weeks. Such a bummer!)
I am sure the laundry and dishwasher packs are perfectly good products, I just wish they didn’t come in plastic pouches. The toilet paper is thin but it’s not the worst TP I’ve ever used. If it came in a paper wrapper I may buy it again. But the worst product on this list if by far the paper towels. Beyond the plastic wrapping, the towels themselves are so incredibly thin, they actually shred when you are trying to tear one off the roll. And absorption? Forget about it.
So what’s the verdict? Is Grove.co about to change all our lives? It depends. If you live in a rural or less eco-focused area and can’t find these products locally (they are hit and miss on Amazon), then Grove.co might be a game changer. For me, with a plethora of sustainable and actually plastic-free products to try, I think I will be cancelling that VIP membership with its monthly delivery, and ordering ad-hoc as needed.
If you have tried Grove.co, I would love to hear about your experience and what you ordered in the comments below!
*By clicking on the link, you will be taken to my friend referral page, which entitles you to the gift set, and me to a referral credit. Now that is what I call a win-win!