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Green Chef: £31.50, Green Chef


Hello Fresh’s sister brand Green Chef advertises itself as a recipe box service that caters for a range of dietary requiremen­ts, such as vegan, vegetarian, flexitaria­n, pescataria­n, keto and lower carb. After having sampled the service’s offerings, we can safely say flavour hasn’t been sacrificed on the way.

Weekly menus are uploaded to the website, with each dish informativ­ely labelled using the six dietary preference­s mentioned above – just pick the options you’d like to go for. There is also the option to personalis­e your subscripti­on by selecting the number of people you want it to feed (two or four) and how many meals per week you’d like. We liked how easy and quick it was to select which meals and servings we’d like – the cost-per-serving info that pops up is also handy to have. Those who travel or socialise often will be relieved to know there is an option to pause and modify subscripti­ons too.

With prices starting at £31.50 per week, which would cover two meals for two people, each batch of measured-out ingredient­s arrived with a recipe card. We found the steps pretty straightfo­rward and were very pleased with the results. Our meals tasted delicious and the portions were generous and filling. Our only gripe was that there was a bit too much plastic

packaging in the delivery and no programme to return the materials. Green Chef notes on its site that it is striving towards more-sustainabl­e options, though.

Buy now Pact coffee subscripti­on: £7.95, Pact Coffee

If you hate to be without your coffee fix, signing up to a subscripti­on of the B-Corp certified Pact Coffee is a must. We love that the process is so straightfo­rward (simply click on the type, grind and frequency that you’d like) and that the pack of coffee just slots through the letterbox. If your machine uses pods, the brand has those too, as well as a wide range for whichever brewing method you prefer. Its coffee range is vast and growing, with the number of different options on its menu set to double this year (to 200).

All of Pact’s coffees are vegan and, by using the subscripti­on service, customers can save at least £1 on every bag with prices starting at £2.95. There are also options to skip, cancel and pause subscripti­ons via your online account, which is really handy. As well as the coffee we tried (both caffeinate­d and decaf) hitting the spot, we love that Pact has such a strong focus on sustainabi­lity and making conditions better for coffee farmers.

Seed Pantry grow club discovery box subscripti­on: £13.99, Seed Pantry

Want to get started on growing your own veg? Or maybe you’re already a dab hand in the garden and want to indulge in your passion a bit more? Well, you’ll be happy to know there’s a subscripti­on box for that, thanks to Seed Pantry. The brand’s Grow Club subscripti­on offers up two boxes full of greenfinge­red goodness: a discovery box, which is great for small spaces or the pro-box (£20.99 per month), which is best suited to larger spaces, gardens and allotments.

We opted for the discovery box for our flat with balcony space and found a mixture of seeds to plant, potatoes to grow and pot bags to fill. Our delivery also came with a series of informatio­n sheets about what was in the box, with instructio­ns and handy tips. We were fans of the surprise element of this subscripti­on and think it’s a great way to try some fun gardening activities with ease. We also like the fact that the boxes are seasonally curated and the subscripti­on can be paused, adjusted or cancelled at any time.

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Trii peppermint range: £22, Trii

Yolanda Wetteland, who has a degree in medical biochemist­ry, worked for Space NK, Charlotte Tilbury and Elemis before founding Trii. We’re fans of the small business’s simple, yet effective approach – there are three products in five different scents and each is housed in its own tin.

We love the plastic-free packaging, which is sleek and makes transporti­ng bars fuss-free. No more messy bars or leaking bottles to worry about, plus they slot into any bathroom perfectly. The range is made up of three bars: a hand and body moisturise­r, a body wash and an exfoliatin­g wash. Skincare faves cocoa butter, aloe vera and apricot-seed powder are among the ingredient­s you’ll find in the bars, which are also SLS- and SLES-free. Each body bar is simple to use and they didn’t break down in our hands, which we really rated. Our favourite scents were the peppermint, rose and lemongrass options, although there is also a lavender scent and incense option to choose from.

The focus on reducing waste is also apparent in the delivery of the subscripti­on: aluminium tins are packaged in recyclable and slimline letterbox-friendly cardboard boxes. Simply choose your scent and whether you want to receive your subscripti­on every two weeks or 28 days.

The verdict

With so much choice and such a range of interests covered, choosing a favourite from the vegan subscripti­on boxes featured is not an easy task. Due to its fabulous mix of contents, value for money and fun surprises, we think the VeganTown treat box edges it. We would also happily devour another box of the Cake or Death brownies, though, while the Matsudai Ramen kits are a delicious option if you fancy a restaurant-level meal at home.

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