June 24, 2015 (by Angela)
One of the things with which I’ve struggled the last 7 or 8 months while full-timing is in locating organic products for our household, both food items and household items. Time has been spent, more often than not, in locations where it is hard to locate such items, and if they are found, the cost can be more than that to which I am accustomed.
For the past month I’ve been trying out (30-day free trial) Thrive Market, and after two orders and using many of the products, I am going to subscribe. RVers who either know they will be in one location long enough to receive an order, or who know exactly where they will be when the order is to come in (thus having a good address to use), may find this very helpful, especially if you are concerned about any of the items listed below:
- Fair Trade
- Family Business
- Made in the USA
- Gluten Free
- The list of other areas of concern being clearly address is lengthy – I can’t remember them all
One of my new favorite things is Dr. Bronner’s Organic Peppermint Castile Liquid Soap because you can use it for almost every soap need from washing hands to dishes to laundry to keeping bugs off your plants. It is concentrated, so though I paid $10.95 (no tax and no shipping charges with $49 order) for 32 oz, it is going to last for a good while, and I can use it for most everything. This morning, I filled my soap bottles for hand washing (part soap and part water to dilute it) and then used the little bit of run off from the bottle (which was actually too much) to wash dishes. The camper smells amazing, the dishes are squeaky clean, my sinuses are open, and my mood is enhanced.
This is only one of the many products I’m enjoying, and I don’t have to run from store to store (brick and mortar or online) to find these items; they come to my door. It eliminates the needs to have several refill bottles in the RV for different things since this soap is good for most all of your soap needs, and it weighs less because it is concentrated.
Folks, it is worth signing up for the 30-day trial period. Customer service is great, and you’ll not get any hassle if you decide not to continue with the subscription (similar to that of Amazon but much cheaper). I know because I tried to see what would happen. Finally, when you subscribe to Thrive Market, you help others who do not have access to good quality food and other products. According to Thrive Market’s mission statement, “Thrive Market can help change this. That’s why we’ve committed to giving a free membership to a low-income family for every paid member who joins Thrive.”
As it is, at the end of my trial period, I’m a paid subscriber. Click on the link above if you want to give it a go.