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Why Our $59 a Year Membership Is Worth It

We’re here to show exactly what you get from being a Public Goods member, as well as how that $59 positively impacts the planet and helps people in need.

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We’ll also share some tips on how to cover the cost of your membership and budget effectively.

What You Get

Before we get into how your membership enables us to better steward the planet, let’s start with brass tacks. What benefits do you receive as a customer?

Premium Products, Delivered Conveniently and With Free Shipping on Orders $45+

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Shop at Public Goods: Wet Wipes ($3.75), Toilet Paper ($6.00), Tea Tree Oil ($7.75), Hand Sanitizer ($7.50), Carrot Soup ($9.75), Vitamin C ($6.50), Hand Soap ($4.50), Surface Cleaner ($5.75), Paper Towels ($6.25)

With most e-commerce companies, you have to prioritize a few of the below values and compromise on the rest. You can’t have it all.

  1. quality products
  2. wide selection of products
  3. reasonable prices
  4. fast and affordable shipping
  5. sustainable ingredients and packaging
  6. beautiful design that compliments your home

Take Amazon. They’re great at numbers two, three and four, but severely lacking in the other areas.

At Public Goods we invest that $59 so our members can have it all. Our products are high-quality and ethically sourced, so you can shop guilt-free.

If it seems too good to be true, check out these profiles on a few of our manufacturers:

We have close relationships with our factory managers. To ensure an excellent standard of quality, we hire companies to audit many of our products that ship from overseas.

Because we cut out the distributor and retail steps of the traditional supply chain, our products have minimal markups. You’re paying for the manufacturing and our brand. That’s it.

The membership revenue allows us to further lower these prices. Unlike most brands, we don’t depend entirely on product sales.

To provide more savings to our members, we sell refills for many of our most popular products. For example, for $2.50 you can buy a glass and metal container of silk dental floss that comes with one spool. Save the container. Then save big in the long-term by repeatedly purchasing our $5.50 refill pack of three spools.

You won’t have to worry about shipping costs either. To qualify for free shipping, fill your cart with $45 or more. It’s actually easy to hit the $45 threshold if you buy everything you need in one order, or if you buy for multiple people.

Even when I only buy for myself, I always pass $45 by periodically stocking up on essentials. Thanks to Public Goods, it’s been years since I’ve paid for shipping on my household products, and I’ve spent way less than a Prime membership.

Everything You Love About Direct-to-Consumer Brands and Private Label Stores, All in One Place and Shipped to Your Door

Remember that second factor we listed above, “wide selection of products”? That aspect touches on a personal consumer conundrum that gave me an appreciation for our brand and membership.

As my wife and I moved into our first home together, I realized that I cared about buying healthy, premium, sustainable and ethical products that would look good in their surroundings. Trader Joe’s carried a lot of the food products I wanted, but I didn’t have time to stand in lines that wrapped around every aisle. The lines at Whole Foods were shorter, but their prices were too high for me. Walgreens was convenient and affordable, but many of their products had unhealthy ingredients and were too ugly to leave out in our home.

Unfortunately I didn’t have much better luck online, not at first. I noticed there was a trend of direct-to-consumer/private label online brands that boasted high quality and reliable shipping. The problem was these companies only sold one product.

I hated the prospect of creating an account for each product I was interested in. What I really wanted was one account where I could buy everything with the private label quality of Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, but shipped to my door (and maybe a little lower than Whole Foods prices).

Just as I was about to give up and feel like I was asking for too much, I stumbled upon Public Goods. Now I buy almost all of my household goods from PG, and I’m happy to be a member.

Free Product and Bundle Giveaways

public goods bundle with hand cream, body lotion, mints, hand soap, sponge, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes
Shop at Public Goods: Hand Cream ($3.75), Body Lotion ($4.50), Sea Sponge ($5.50), Shampoo ($4.50), Conditioner ($4.50), Breath Mints ($3.00), Bamboo Toothbrush ($4.00)

We regularly offer perks to our members via email, like free goods and money off your order. Keep an eye out for good deals!

Access to Our Library of Free E-Books and Guides

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Shop At Public Goods: Reusable Mesh Grocery Bag ($4.00)

Once you’re a member, you may email me at any time and request our library of free e-books and guides. Here are a few of the topics we cover:

  • living a sustainable lifestyle
  • unhealthy ingredients to watch out for
  • self-care and mental health
  • recipes and fun DIY projects
  • recommendations for podcasts about sustainability

A Say in Our Product Development and Launch Priorities

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Shop at Public Goods: Popcorn Kernels ($5.00)

When you become a Public Goods member, you also become an unofficial member of our product development team. Look out for the occasional survey on what products you want us to launch next.

You are also welcome to send our customer support team suggestions for new products. We’re listening, and we have a record of implementing customer recommendations. Dish soap refills, for example, were a popular request. Now you can buy them!

Excellent Customer Support

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If you reach out to our customer support team, we will most likely be able to respond within the day. In fact, our average response time is below one hour. Now that’s fast service!

Our average customer effort score is usually 6.5 out of 7. To explain that scale, a 7 means people felt like our team made it as easy as possible to resolve their issue. A 6.5 average score shows that the vast majority of our members think our customer support team does a perfect job every time.

How You’re Helping Us Invest in Sustainability

To live up to our name, we take that $59 and invest in the public good. Here are some blog posts about our sustainability and humanitarian initiatives:

Why Public Goods Plants a Tree With Every Order

tree in a field at sunset

Each tree costs a little money, and we’ve already planted hundreds of thousands! Without our membership revenue, there’s no way we could afford these donations.

How We Are Trying to Make Our Box Packaging More Sustainable

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Shop at Public Goods: Body Wash ($4.50)

Instead of filling our boxes with cheap plastic wrap, we spend extra on recycled cardboard and recycled paper filling.

Our Box Wrap Is Now Home Compostable

public goods compostable box wrap

To prevent certain products from leaking in your box, we source wrapping material that can be composted at home or in industrial centers. This packaging costs more than typical plastic wrap that can’t be composted or recycled.

Are Sustainable Palm Oil Products Making a Difference?

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The palm oil in our products is certified sustainable, and you have to pay for that certification.

Are Sugarcane-Based Plastics a Sustainable Alternative to Petroleum?

harvesters in a sugarcane field

Sugarcane-based plastic is more expensive than petroleum plastic. The environmental benefit is that sugarcane fields absorb carbon dioxide instead of emitting it.

Charities and Nonprofits We Have Supported

Blog Posts About Some of Our Charitable Initiatives

Budget Effectively: 4 Ways to Cover the Cost of Your Membership

Before you decide $59 is too much money, think about some of the other recurring costs in your life. A basic Netflix subscription is $8.99 a month, about $108 a year. Our annual fee breaks down to less than $5 a month. You might already be spending $5 a day on your favorite latte.

Another difference is that Netflix doesn’t offer limitless ways to reduce that cost. If you don’t mind taking a little time to read our blog and spread the word about Public Goods, you could see that fee shrink to almost nothing.

1. With BLOG20, It’s $39

If you haven’t bought any of our products yet, you can save $20 on your first order with the discount code, BLOG20. Think of this savings as $20 off your $59 annual membership, bringing the total down to $39 for the first year (or $3.25 a month, if you want to look at it that way).

2. Save $10 Each Time You Successfully Refer Someone

Click on this page to start inviting friends, family members and co-workers to try Public Goods. For every person who clicks on your referral and buys something, you’ll receive a $10 credit for our products. If you manage to refer six people or more, you’ll cover the whole membership cost and start saving on your household essentials.

3. Get $100 If We Publish Your Blog Post Idea

Open a new tab for the Public Goods Blog homepage and you’ll see this idea submission box. Everyone in the world is welcome to submit, but we pay special attention to members.

If we think your idea is a fit for the blog, we’ll produce it into a full post and reward you with $100 cash. Write the post yourself, and we’ll consider a small bonus on top of that $100. That amount is enough to pay for your membership and make a little money!

I’m the guy who manages our blog, so I’ll be transparent and note that I don’t have the bandwidth or budget to accept every submission. Nonetheless, I always take the time to listen to our community members. If you want to learn more about me, you can read this profile or send an email to joseph@publicgoods.com.

How Can We Make the Membership Better?

public goods cleaning bundle including glass cleaner, surface cleaner, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent
Shop at Public Goods: Glass Cleaner ($5.75), Bathroom Cleaner ($5.75), Laundry Detergent ($6.95), Dishwasher Detergent ($6.95)

During every quarterly meeting, we discuss how to improve our membership, and we won’t stop until all of our members are satisfied. Right now we are thinking of expanding our selection of member-only content, and soon we’ll be launching new categories such as pet food and CBD.

If you’re still not sold, we’d love to know what would change your mind. Please leave a comment below, send us a message on social media or reach out to our customer support team.

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