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 handmade right here in Newcastle by the lovely Kate at The Phoenix Green Store, using recycled cotton cloth and our very own beeswax from The Honey Store! Reusable and washable 100% organic cotton tote shopping bags designed by Dipwood Studio and reusable, washable 100% organic cotton produce bags.
Why not kick start your journey to a plastic free lifestyle with one of our zero waste gift bags, designed as the perfect started kit to plastic free living. Available in 2 options:
The Zero Waste Gift Bag - £47.50 (all 8 items plus the reusable drawstring bag with custom designed logo made from 100% organic cotton or £37.50 for 6 items with the drawstring bag - excludes lip balm and shampoo bar)
Presented in a custom designed, hand drawn (by Dipwood Studios) 100% natural cotton drawstring reusable bag, a sustainable Gift Bag designed to encourage less plastic in our lives and start you or a loved one on that zero waste path, the perfect gift for those eco conscious. All packaging is degradable or recyclable, all gifts are handmade in the UK and free from parabens, SLS, fluoride, harsh chemicals, all our cruelty free. Containing the following locally produced treats:
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 email@example.com 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.
THE PRODUCTS ARE BIODEGRADABLE, PLANT BASED AND DO NOT CONTAIN HARSH CHEMICALS. PRODUCTION IS BASED IN THE UK, REDUCING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT, AND ALL PACKAGING IS EITHER COMPOSTABLE OR RECYCLABLE.
SEE BELOW FOR FULL INFO ON OUR STOCKISTS.
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!
Ecoleaf Household Products.....
The majority of our eco friendly cleaning products are sourced via SUMA. Ecoleaf are voted the Consumer Best Buy. All products oppose animal testing, have the certified cruelty free status and are suitable for those with a vegan diet. They are affordable, plant based, eco friendly cleaning products with no harsh chemicals - much better for you and the environment. Ecoleaf are based right here in the UK. SUMA also take the 20L drums we use for our refill system back, they recycle them at a local plant where they are melted down into new drums! This reduces our carbon footprint even further.
"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.
Natural Deodorant - £6.50
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.
Organic Lip Balm - £4.50
A lovely nourishing lip balm with rich and protective shea butter. Glides on smoothly, moisturises and heals with no sticky residue. Packaged in an 8g metal slider tin.
Kutis Little Luxuries Gift Set - £22
A miniature selection of Natural Body Care from Kutis, handmade from organic, natural ingredients, sustainably sourced, ethically traded. No parabens, preservatives or stabilisers. A perfect Christmas gift to spoil a loved one, with recyclable or degradable packaging this is the perfect gift for those hoping for a plastic free Christmas!
Each box contains:
10ml Organic Serum
30ml Cleansing Mask
15ml Organic Body Butter
8g Slider Tin Lip Balm
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.