This post is sponsored by Grove Collaborative, an online marketplace committed to making it easier to find healthy and sustainable household essentials.
For better or worse, I start every new year with a list of resolutions that would be totally feasible if only I could crack the code to adding two more days to the week and an extra hour to each day. With the additional time, I reason, I could finally perfect my homemade yogurt or learn to knit something more complex than a scarf. I could build myself a shelf and stock it with tinctures and potions made from my newfound herbalist skills, all while also working a full-time job, parenting young kids, and generally not losing my mind.
But while I aspire to the kind of self-reliance and swaths of time that would allow me to craft everything from hand, the reality often looks different. I’d never encourage anyone to give up the dream, but if you, like me, currently lack the bandwidth to craft a homemade band-aid when your child takes a tumble on the walk to school, or perfect the chemistry on your own laundry detergent, it can be comforting to know there are simple, available options that require neither advanced homesteading skills nor reliance on products that we know are not great for ourselves or our planet. Grove Collaborative is one such spot.
For me and for James, making a conscious effort to curb our consumption and think carefully about even the most basic household items, has been a decade-long process. Some of that process has been about learning to make things ourselves and some of it has been about shifting our buying habits and finding new solutions that help us live a bit lighter on the planet. We’ve found our way with the advice and support of like-minded folk, and increasingly, sustainable businesses like Grove Collaborative cropping up to fill the gaps.
Ambitions of homesteading prowess notwithstanding, I’m the first to admit that one of my favorite things about living in the middle of a bustling city is that most everything I need is just a short walk away from our little attic apartment. Within just a few blocks, for example, there’s a thrice-weekly farmer’s market, an organic grocer, and a spot to refill laundry detergent. The advantage of this proximity to such a wealth of options isn’t lost on me and I know that for lots of folks, healthy and sustainable household items—products that are reusable, or refillable, or generally produced with an eye turned specifically toward a lower environmental impact—aren’t just around the corner from home.
To serve folks facing this conundrum, Grove offers a tightly edited catalog of basic household products that are plant-based, sustainable, and healthy—from toilet paper and facial tissues to household cleaners and laundry supplies. When I had the opportunity to place a test order with Grove before the New Year, I was pleased to see that they carried many of the same household staples that James and I use and depend on regularly: compostable parchment paper for the family baker, tree-free tissues for this season of non-stop colds, bamboo bandaids for those morning tumbles. In addition to products from well-known household brands, Grove also offers their own line of goods, including essential oils, dishwashing detergents, laundry detergents and hand soap. And while I’m not generally in the habit of buying household basics online, I can report that having a box full of essentials delivered directly to my door did indeed feel a little like adding an extra hour to my day.
To incentivize folks seeking to shift their own consumer habits, Grove is offering new customers spending $20 or more, a sustainable starter set to help them along.
The gift includes the following:
+ 60-day VIP trial
+ Customers who spend $39 or more, will receive the above in addition to a Grove Stoneware Tray. Existing customers will get a free set of Grove walnut scrubber sponges. Offers available while supplies last.
Note: Grove currently ships only to the lower 48 states and is not available for shipping internationally, to Canada, Hawaii or Alaska. Grove prioritizes post-consumer materials for all packaging and carbon offsets every shipment they send out the door.
This post is sponsored by Grove Collaborative. All opinions are my own. Many thanks for supporting the brands that support Reading My Tea Leaves.