In keeping with our eco friendly ethos and determination to reduce plastics and the use of nasty chemicals in our environment, we now have a selection of eco friendly household products and natural body care available from SUMA, Bio D, Kutis, Friendly Soaps, Truthpaste and more. All natural, no chemicals. You may add them to your veg box, or collect from the Farm Shop. Our products are cruelty free and vegan friendly.
In addition, there are a selection of zero waste options to help you reduce your use of single use plastics, including beeswax wraps, reusable and washable 100% organic cotton tote shopping bags designed by Dipwood Studio and reusable, washable 100% organic cotton produce bags.
We also offer nets of logs and kindling for your wood burner or house fire from a local, sustainable source. We can arrange delivery by the dumpy bag or truck load, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Please select the item from the drop down menu below to add them to your box.
If you have any suggestions on products you would like us to stock, please get in touch. Alternatively, if you would like us to order items in directly from SUMA for you, we can do so. Pop into the Farm Shop or email email@example.com with the product code. We charge a 20% surcharge for ordering in such items, this still works out cheaper than the RRP on many such items. Please remember, all household products are subject to an additional 20% VAT charge applied by SUMA on top of the advertised wholesale price.
ALL OF THE PRODUCTS WE SELL OPPOSE ANIMAL TESTING. THEY ARE ALL CERTIFIED CRUELTY FREE, SUITABLE FOR VEGANS AND DO NOT CONTAIN ANIMAL PRODUCTS.
Caring for your Beeswax Wrap..........
Rinse or wipe with cool water and line dry.
Do not use with meat.
Can be refreshed by placing on a baking sheet in a hot over for 2 minutes, then hanging to dry.
Bamboo Toothbrush - How does this work?
For full info - see our blog post
Environmental Toothbrush, a great option but the bristles are made from Nylon, meaning they do not biodegrade.
Curunatura are a Slovakian company producing a natural bamboo toothbrush, from sustainably grown bamboo. The bristles are made of decompostable fibres meaning the whole toothbrush is biologically degradable. Nylon 4 is a BPA and phthalate free, naturally biodegradable polyamide and is widely considered as one of the most tolerable plastics from a health point of view. 90% of the brush is bamboo, with Nylon 4 used in the bristles. The packaging is also compostable - brown paper and cardboard.
Uncaptive, not only offer a 100% bamboo toothbrush but are also a homegrown business based right here in Newcastle. We are delighted to have teamed up with Uncaptive to offer their toothbrushes to our customers as of mid August. This ethical toothbrush is 100% Biodegradable, from handle to bristles. The bristles are infused with charcoal to absorb bacteria, cleaning teeth deeply. Handle and Bristles ethically produced from FSC certified Mao bamboo!
"Each bar produces a rich, creamy lather that is naturally moisturising and thoroughly nourishing. All the soaps are handmade with natural ingredients, which are easy on the earth and kind to the skin.
All our soaps are Free from Palm Oil, Parabens, Sulphates, Triclosan, Phthalates and Cruelty, as well as being boxed in plastic free recycled (and recyclable) packaging. We are also registered with The Vegan Society, Cruelty Free International and have a Best rating with Ethical Consumer. "
"Growing up in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, in the 1970s, Rob Costello and Geoff Kerouac found themselves immersed in a hotbed of alternative, hippy and punk culture. This proved to be fertile ground for radical, political thought and social and environmental awareness, still deeply held to this day.
It came naturally to them to rally against the capitalist model and strive to find a fairer way of doing things. And, living in such picturesque countryside as they did, they also felt an instinctive connection to nature.
These values led them, later in life to, work at Suma Wholefoods Co-operative. An experience that proved invaluable, putting real substance behind their ideas. Here they learned that it really is possible to run a successful business where ethics come before profit.
Now inspired, motivated and environmentally aware, they were ready for the next step, an ethically-based business of their own. Here was a chance for them to live out their ideals and give something honest and good back to the world.
For Rob and Geoff, making soap is about so much more than manufacturing a product. It is a constant process of learning, improving and refining, in order to make as little impact on nature and health as possible.
We are committed to producing soaps that contain no animal products or by-products. We are also completely against testing cosmetics on animals and are registered with Cruelty Free International and The Vegan Society.
We use the ancient cold-process method of soap making, which creates a biodegradable soap with zero by-products. There is literally no waste. Everything gets used up and turned into lovely Friendly Soap.
Striving always to minimise our impact on the environment, we use as little energy as possible throughout production – every bar of Friendly Soap is poured, cut, stamped and packed by hand, here in the UK.
All our packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable…and plastic-free and our parcels for delivery are packed using brown paper tape. We are also against the use of microbeads. What’s wrong with poppy seeds or hemp bran?
Friendly Soap is made using naturally biodegradable ingredients – unlike commercial detergents that contain synthetic chemicals, that are literally flushed into our rivers. We are totally opposed to using harmful preservatives or foaming agents, believing there is simply no need for SLS or Parabens. The incredible silky smooth lather our natural handmade soap produces and its long life are completely down to the cold process method and our careful choice of ingredients.
We will never use Palm Oil and believe the best thing for the rainforests, its animals and the earth is to avoid it entirely. We also buy our Shea Butter from a women’s worker cooperative in Ghana and the Coconut Oil in Friendly soap is not produced using slave monkeys to pick the fruit. Yes, in some places, this actually happens.
By constantly scrutinising our production methods and working practices, we take little steps towards our goal of producing a zero impact natural soap and business model that benefits the planet, its animals and its people.
So, after this journey of ethics and ecology… what are the soaps actually like? Well, pretty damn amazing!
These are hand-sized pieces of natural luxury, packed full of goodness. Beautifully gentle soaps, all with a velvety smooth lather and an array of delicious natural aromas.
Our story is all about what is left in as well as what is left out. For one thing it won’t dry your skin because all the valuable, naturally-occurring glycerine is left in the soap, so you get a wash that is rich and moisturising.
Also, the soaps are all made using natural plant-based oils – coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, shea butter and cocoa butter. Each has its own unique qualities and they are all naturally nourishing and moisturising.
Essential oils, flowers, spices and herbs are used for their scent and colour, their healing properties, and some – such as poppy seeds and hemp bran – will gently exfoliate the skin.
And the end result of all this thought and consideration? Beautifully luxurious soaps that care for you and the planet. Enjoy with a clean conscience!"
Find the full story at https://www.friendlysoap.co.uk/
Kutis Natural Bodycare. 100% Natural Artisan Skincare.........
Organic ingredients, sustainably sourced, ethically traded.
No parabens, preservatives, stabilisers.
We believe that the best skincare can be found in what
Mother Nature has provided us for centuries..
We hand-make our skincare range from the heart of rural Mid-Wales using the best quality natural and organic ingredients from ethical and reputable suppliers.
NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS
"All our ingredients are sourced from reputable suppliers with the same moral stance on fair trade as us. We are proud that the raw materials we use are grown on farms where worker's rights are protected. Our suppliers source our raw materials directly from the farms where they are grown. These strong relationships ensure what we buy has been farmed ethically and with environmental responsibility. We use only pure butters, oils, waxes and plant powders that have been minimally processed. This means unrefined and cold pressed organic where possible to ensure the benefits and properties of the raw materials are maintained in the final product. We don't "green-wash"! We never use stablisiers, parabens, fillers or preservatives - even those that are naturally derived. Our recipes are formulated in such a way that they naturally have a long shelf life with no nasties needed! What's more, you can be sure that each ingredient is working to nourish your skin! We only ever test on real, willing human beings with all different skin types before going to market. Our suppliers also practice the same cruelty-free and non-animal testing policy. All of our packaging is sourced from UK suppliers and is fully recyclable. We are working towards eliminating plastic altogether so please bear with us while we make the transition."
Nourishing Body Butters
Our shea butter rich formula deeply moisturises and nourishes the skin while the combined nourishing effect of whipped coconut oil keeps our butter light, fluffy and fast absorbing. The combination of these two rich ingredients with the finest essential oil blends make for a truly indulgent treat. The perfect luxury to smooth on after a long soak in the bath or a hard days work.
Sold in a large vintage style powder puff jar or 30g smaller jar, our body butters are a great gift item or excuse to spoil yourself.
Sold in a paperboard tube , which are 100% biodegradable or recyclable, our product is easy to apply, safe to use and better for the environment!
With key ingredients such as bicarbonate of soda, arrowroot powder and coconut oil this deodorant gives you the lasting freshness without all the nasty stuff that can be found in commercial deodorants.
We have carefully selected our essential oil blends to ensure each scent contains anti-bacterial and odour fighting properties.
For full info on Kutis and the make up of their products, please visit their website http://www.kutis-skincare.co.uk/
Truthpaste - Natural Mineral Toothpaste, Zero Waste, Vegan and Cruelty Free......
No foaming agents, colourants, bleaching agents or preservatives.
Fluoride, Glycerin, SLS /SLES, & Triclosan.
Eco Friendly Refills at The Paddock
We are now able to offer refills in store, where you can bring your own bottle along to the Farm Shop and pay for the item your are buying without purchasing yet another plastic bottle! If you wish to order a refill with your veg box, please leave out an empty bottle with your crate for our driver to take away (or give it directly to the driver). This must be clearly labelled with your name, the item you would like it to be refilled with for example, washing up liquid and the ml. Our driver will return this to the workroom, where it will be refilled and added to your next veg box. The bottle can be any size, glass or plastic. We don't yet have a system for ordering the refills online but please pop into our farm shop or email us firstname.lastname@example.org for more info - prices are listed below.