It’s great fun receiving a boxes of curated goodies every month, but sometimes there’s a niggling thought at the back of my mind. I start to wonder about people less advantaged than I am. People who live in poorer countries, people for whom adequate parcel delivery services may not be available. People who are struggling, not just to enjoy subscription boxes, but struggling for their very survival. When first world guilt creeps up on you, what are you going to do? Sell all your worldly belongings and become a wandering ascetic? NO! There is another way to alleviate your crisis of conscience and it’s called The Socially Conscious Box, a new subscription box from Socially Conscious Club. Let’s take a look.
Despite the tongue in cheek tone of the previous paragraph, I have to say, The Socially Conscious Box does offer a genuine way to give to disadvantaged people in third world countries. I carefully read all the labels and material of each item in this box, and further researched the products and the organisations behind them where I could, and everything turned out to be legitimate. Socially Conscious Club really do their research when they put these boxes together, and it’s a great relief not to have to worry about discerning whether or not a charity is the real mccoy.
It’s also a really fun box with a wide variety of items fitting into the Socially Conscious theme. Here’s what I found when I opened up the box:
- 950ml bottle of luxurious coconut body lotion from Alaffia, who apparently distributed 7100 bicycles, 14200 eyeglasses, planted 53125 trees and provided maternity care for 4170 births in Togo, West Africa. Wow.
- The ubiquitous “Who gives a crap” toilet roll, from which 50% of profits go to building actual toilets.
- Organic Jelly Dinos, made with certified organic raw cane sugar. I gave some to my daughter to try and she told me had a taste that was “Weird but good,” and that they weren’t as chewy as normal jelly lollies. Sounds like an ringing endorsement to me.
- Two bags of organic spiced tea, which I brewed up and drank almost straight away. I learned from the literature inside the box that this tea was grown in a permaculture plantation, meaning they actually grow the tea plants within a forest. Cool.
- Handmade Sweet Pea and Vanilla scented candle from Lemon Canary, who donate profits to a selection of charities.
- A biodegradable, bamboo toothbrush, from Socially Conscious Club themselves, who donate a toothbrush to a homeless person for every sale.
- This one was pretty amazing to me: a bottle opener made in Laos from real bomb casing aluminium left over from the Vietnam war.
- A paper crane folded on quality craft paper. I don’t know if this was a special gift for The Box Bureau or if it’s a normal inclusion, but I liked it all the same.
- An extremely useful pocket guide book containing ratings (A,B,C,D or F) on thousands of products and brands sold in Australian stores. For example, imagine you are at the supermarket and you want to buy some muesli bars, you can whip out this pocket book and it lists 12 different brands and gives each one a rating, then choose accordingly. There’s well over a hundred different product categories that have been researched; it’s a very comprehensive book.
The Socially Conscious Club newsletter included in the box adds another dimension by rallying readers to engage in random acts of kindness, and providing a long list of examples of how to this can be done in practical ways in daily life. Subscribers are urged to share their experiences through the online social media. I got the sense that altruism and changing the world for the better are a strong source of motivation behind this box. It’s nice to see that Socially Conscious Club are sincere in what they do.
Socially Conscious Box is one of the most fun boxes I have reviewed here at The Box Bureau due to the variety of items. I’m impressed by the research gone into curating quality items that are useful, interesting but also legitimately ethically meritable.
The Socially Conscious Box Details
$60 for one month; or
$165 for three months; or
$300 for six months
Shipping is usually extra, but enter the following coupon code for free shipping: scboxlove .
- OZ Fair Trade – Recycled Bombshell Bottle Opener ($12)
- Lemon Canary – Travel Tin Candle ($16)
- Socially Conscious Club – Bamboo Toothbrush ($4.95)
- Who Gives a Crap – Toilet Paper ($1.50)
- Alaffia – Body Lotion ($19.95)
- Shop Ethical! – Pocket Guide – ($5)
- Biona Organic – Jelly Dinos ($4.50)
- Hampstead Tea – Organic Spiced Karma Chai Tea ($0.70)
- Kiva – One dollar investment ($1)
Total retail value: $65.60
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