Founded 1776 is a brand new subscription box that’s dedicated to all things American made. The company’s mission is to make it easy for everyone to discover great “household goods and lifestyle accessories” made right here in the USA. Cool!
The boxes are released quarterly, with this one (July) being the very first. Each box will include 3-4 curated products with a retail value of at least $35. This isn’t a “typical” subscription box in that it doesn’t include food, beauty items, or other standard fare. They only send high quality, thoughtfully designed products that are also vegan friendly (woo!).
I recently received their debut box for review, so let’s have a look-see!
The box arrived in a large envelope and inside I found it all wrapped up and gift-like. Nice touch! (You can see the actual box in the first photo up there.) The paper used is from Norman’s Printery, based in New Jersey. All packing materials — tissue paper, wrapping paper, inserts, and the box itself are all 100% recycled and made in the USA.
The welcome/info card explains a little more about their mission on the front, and lists the contents of the box on the back.
The first item was wrapped in brown paper and tied with twine. Gotta love a package within a package. (Just make sure you recycle it!)
Here’s what was inside.
Runyon Canyon Apparel Signature Woodsy Brown Bandana – This is a classic bandana hand-screened with eco-friendly ink. It’s made of a cotton-poly blend that helps to wick away moisture (uh, sweat). I have no idea what I’m going to do with this (I don’t know anyone who rocks bandanas), but I do appreciate its handcrafted, eco-friendly qualities. 😉 (Retail price: $12) Made in California.
Baberaham Lincoln Freaker – A Freaker! The guy who founded this company was on Shark Tank a while ago and he was friggin’ crazy. In a good way. He was jumping around and had a ton of energy and is probably the reason why I even remember the product. (Smart dude. This is him.) Freakers are basically drink insulators that can stretch to fit pretty much any bottle, cup, glass, etc. Not the most useful product ever, but it’s kinda cool. (Retail price: $10) Made in North Carolina.
GrOpener – This is a one-handed bottler opener. Instead of trying to explain how it works, it’ll be easier if you just check out the quick demo video on their site. It’s actually pretty neat. You basically open up the bottle by grabbing it (Grab + Opener = GrOpener). It works the same whether you’re right or left-handed and is especially useful for those who only have the use of one hand. You can even store it right on your fridge, thanks to the cap-catchin’ magnet. Neat! (Retail price: $16) Made in Colorado.
So that’s the first ever Founded 1776 box! I gotta say, it definitely had a more “masculine” feel to it, but part of that is probably because I associate beer with “dudes”. Bandanas too. (I’ve tried to pull ’em off in the past… NOT a good look for me.) That said, I do think it was a good representation of quality American-made products, which is what it’s all about.
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Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate links.