Ethical & Eco-Friendly Shopping in Whitby
Where our Products come from
Here at The Futurehealth Store our LOVE ethos is at the heart of everything we do and we strive for this wherever possible:
- Vegetarian / Vegan
Our Local Suppliers
We try to source as much as we can from local suppliers. See our blog of August 16th 2021 – Food, Drink, Natural Medicines and Crafts Produced in North Yorkshire.
We stock Medicines from the beehive – produced by Beevital in Whitby.
Natural skincare products – produced by Sweet Cecily’s in Whitby
Local honeys – from various local apiaries including Beezneez at Malton, Little Scout honey from Fryup in the Esk Valley, The Beeshed at Castleton and Will Atkinson at Egton.
Locally roasted coffee – produced by Baytown Coffee, near Whitby.
Organic vegetables – from Newfields Organic Farm, Fadmoor, near Helmsley.
Cards and books by local artists and authors.
Our Suppliers From Further Afield
We also stock a wide range of wholefoods, snacks, household items, candles and more from our main wholesale supplier Suma, which is based in West Yorkshire. Many of their products are organic and fair trade, they also stock a wide range of gluten free products.
Suma is a wholefood collective founded in 1977 by a liberally-minded group of people who believed there was a better way. They are passionate about vegetarian, natural and responsibly sourced products. They are one of the largest cooperatives of their kind in Europe, working together to improve society and support producers and customers.
At the heart of what Suma does is:
- An ethical buying policy
- Sustainably sourced products
- A worker-owned cooperative
- Vegetarian and vegan society approved.
We’ve been working with Suma for several years and are great fans of the way they work as a cooperative with the following values at the centre of their ethos:
- Equality and Inclusion
- Democracy & Solidarity
- Dignity and Respect
- Openness and Transparency
- Innovation and Openness to change
A bit more about our products from Suma
We stock a wide range of dried pulses, seeds and grains, dried fruit and nuts, and pastas in addition to tinned wholefoods such as a wide variety of pulses, jackfruit and tomatoes. We stock a variety of oils for cooking in addition to coconut milk, creamed coconut, soya and other non-dairy milks, plus much more.
We offer stock cubes, bouillon, yeast extract, nutritional yeast and miso, Thai and Indian curry pastes, pasta sauces and other condiments.
We stock biscuits, oatcakes and crispbreads, vegan and gluten free crisps & snack mixes.
Herbs and spices
We stock a wide range of herbs and spices from Asafoetida to Turmeric!
We stock a number of preserves, from fruit spreads & preserves, to sauerkraut and kimchi.
Cordials, drinks and juices
We stock a range of cordials, botanically brewed drinks and pressed juices.
Teas and coffees
We stock a wide range of herbal teas and organic teas, our main brands are Yogi, Heath & Heather and Pukka.
Chilled and frozen products
We stock vegan and dairy cheeses, vegan black puddings and polony, vegetarian/ vegan pies, pizzas, ice cream, veggie sausages, bacon & burgers, butter/ vegan spreads, tofu and much more.
Household cleaning products
We stock a wide range of environmentally friendly household products including washing up liquids, laundry liquids, fabric conditioner, sanitizer, bathroom cleaner, floor cleaner, hand wash, cloths and cleaning pads
We offer a refill station where you can bring your empty bottles and we will refill them for you. It’s cheaper and better for the environment. We can refill washing up liquid, laundry liquid, fabric conditioner, toilet cleaner, bathroom cleaner and handwash, and we are aiming to increase the range of these products.
Flours and baking products
We stock a range of organic flours, such as bread flours, self-raising and plain flours, malted flours, rye flours, gluten free flours and gram flour.
Vitamins and supplements
We stock a variety of vitamins and other supplements, including a range which is administered in the form of an oral spray, especially useful for those who may have impaired digestive capacity, as the supplement is absorbed through the oral mucosa, bypassing the digestive system.
Hair and Skincare
We stock a wide range of Faith In Nature soaps of different scents, or unfragranced, in addition to Suma’s own brand of naturally fragranced glycerine soaps and a very popular and simple olive oil based soap. We also stock Faith In Nature shampoos and conditioner and Suma’s own brand of shampoo and conditioner bars which are very popular as they reduce the use of plastic bottles.
We also stock a range of Weleda skincare.
We stock a range of beautiful coloured candles – the spectrum of the rainbow – in addition to beeswax candles.
Sweets and chocolate
We stock delicious vegan chocolates, boxes of truffles, natural licorice, halva and herbal sweets.
Amour Natural are our stockists for aromatherapy and body care oils. They were established in 2012 in Glastonbury, Somerset. Their products are suitable for use by therapists, enthusiasts and beginners and are available in various sizes to suit differing needs and budgets. All the liquids are in light protecting amber glass bottles with tamper-evident dropper caps. For ease of use, some products have pipettes or spritz caps.
Not Tested On Animals
All the essential oils are therapeutic and 100% natural, and every batch is rigorously tested and certified. The products are not tested on animals and they do not contain any solvents, parabens, SLS, SLES, PEGs,PGs or mineral oil.
Endorsed By The Compassionate Shopping Guide
Amour Natural has been endorsed by the Naturewatch Foundation, verifying that Amour Natural is 100% cruelty free, and that in addition to none of their products or ingredients being tested on animals, they only work with suppliers who are completely cruelty free too.
They have a zero tolerance for animal testing in their entire supply chain.
We are very happy that our stockist has the same commitment to animal welfare that we do!
We stock a wide range of essential oils such as, lavender, tea tree, ylang ylang, rose, lemon, frankincense, myrrh, pine, rose geranium, may chang and many more.
We also stock a wide range of carrier oils such as sweet almond, argan, calendula, coconut and grapeseed.
Essential oil sprays such as rose, lavender and chamomile are very popular, in addition to combination oils to be applied topically such as joint and muscle ease and migra calm.
Roller balls of blended oils are also very popular such as Happiness, Energise, Sleep Ease & Breathe Ease.
During the pandemic the blended oil Defence has been very popular.
Looking forward to festive celebrations and gifts all year round, we also stock aroma necklaces from Amour Natural which are stainless steel in differing designs and include felt pads which can be infused with favourite essential oils which the wearer can smell all day.
We love Amour’s electric oil diffusers in white or wood effect. The white version can be set to show different coloured light, through the whole spectrum whilst the diffuser emits essential oil of your choice in a water vapour. We often have the happiness blend in our diffuser in the shop. The festive blend of essential oils cinnamon, clove, sweet orange and lemongrass is a lovely and warming aroma as winter sets in.
We stock a wide range of effective, scientifically proven herbal medicines, nutritional supplements and revitalizing food supplements from A. Vogel health brand based on fresh, organically grown herbs. The basis of Vogel is the ethos of its Swiss founder, Alfred Vogel (1902-1996) who said “ Nature gives us everything we need to protect and maintain our health.”
Vogel provides reliable, balanced information on natural healthcare, diet and lifestyle, giving people a better understanding of how you can help yourself achieve a more natural and healthy lifestyle.
We stock a wide range of Vogel’s herbal medicines, including immune supporting echinacea, menopause supporting preparations such as Menosan, digestive support, such as Digestisan, Arnica gel for muscle aches and pains, Agnus Castus to relieve the symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome, Devil’s Claw for rheumatic and muscular pain and backache, plus many more.
A good selection of our skincare products and toothpaste are from Weleda.
The Influence Of Anthroposophy On Weleda
Weleda has at its core a research method called Anthroposophy, which was founded by the philosopher and natural scientist Rudolf Steiner, together with like-minded colleagues.
Anthroposophy can be described as follows: Humans understand the world through their senses and the processes of their minds – the knowledge of these findings is called anthropology. Anthroposophy extends this to a spiritual level; humans can also perceive their environment with feelings and thoughts. Steiner called anthroposophy the wisdom of man, because in Greek Anthropos means man and Sophia means wisdom.
The goal of anthroposophy is the development of the whole human being. Today it has branches in many areas including education, architecture, art, medicine and agriculture. At Steiner’s instigation, the following emerged – Waldorf (sometimes called Steiner) schools and kindergartens, Anthroposophic medicine, natural body care products and biodynamic farming. All of these disciplines are still integral to Weleda today. The company sees humans, society and nature as a holistic whole, bound together by the relationship between daily activities and nature. This is evident in the manufacture of their medicinal products, natural cosmetics, or dealings with partners, suppliers and employees.
We share the same core values and are delighted to stock Weleda’s high-quality products.
Weleda’s products are 100% certified natural care, free from mineral oil, parabens, silicones and PEGs, synthetic fragrances, Genetically Modified ingredients and microplastic ingredients, 80% of botanicals are certified organic, there is ethical sourcing with respect for people and biodiversity and no animal testing.
We stock a range of Weleda deodorants, body washes, skin cream and toothpaste.
Our main range of vitamins and supplements are produced by Lamberts which was established in 1982 and is the UK’s leading supplier of food supplements to Practitioners, GPs, Nutritionists and Pharmacists who use nutrition in healthcare. They offer an extensive product range including vitamins, minerals, herbs, multiple formulas, evening primrose oil and glucosamine as well as more specialised products such as Co-Enzyme Q10.
All their products are of the highest quality, produced in some of the most modern and technically advanced factories in the UK, which operate to stringent pharmaceutical standards of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and are approved by the UK Department of Health, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Lamberts have given us these assurances for their quality products which are endorsed by professionals in healthcare:
- We list all ingredients on the label
- We have always quoted elemental mineral levels
- We always describe nutrient levels correctly e.g. Glucosamine, B Vitamins and Lutein
- When we say Pharmaceutical GMP – it is true!
- We do not claim irrelevant nutrients on our labels
- We do not sell endangered herbs collected in the wild
In addition, Lambert’s products are backed up by a technical advice team, there to answer any queries on a product’s suitability, a specific health condition or to provide independent nutritional data.
Our organic fruit and veg comes from Newfields Organic Farm, a local farm at Fadmoor, and also from Organic North, an organic wholesale produce co-operative based in Manchester. Once a week we place an order with the team at Organic North for fruit veg, milk, organic free range eggs and occasionally organic olive oil. As they are visiting Fadmoor every week, they drop off our order there, so that we can pick it up along with any other fruit and veg we need from the farm. We really appreciate the warm and direct relationship we have with these suppliers.
Organic North is a member’s run co-operative, the largest and longest-established wholesalers of certified organic produce in the north. They explain that they’re on a mission to help mend our broken, wasteful and polluting food system. They’ve enjoyed close relationships with some of their farmers for over 25 years and they do things differently, here’s how:
They run a unique pre-ordering system so they waste absolutely no produce and supply only the freshest produce. The majority of their produce is loose and plastic-free and they are always looking for compostable alternatives to any plastic that their growers use. They also run a return service for empty boxes so that they can be reused.
Fair and competitively priced
As a co-op they have no private shareholders which allows them to keep mark-ups lower, pay the staff well and settle suppliers’ invoices quickly.
Organic North offer a wide choice to customers year-round. Their weekly offering is the largest in the UK.
Seasonal and local
Everything they provide is as locally sourced as possible and their import goods are almost exclusively European. They follow the seasons and if there’s a break in the supply of broccoli or green beans they don’t air freight them in from Kenya!
They help to establish new growers and support them by providing them with a route to market for their crops, whilst working alongside many fellow co-ops, community interest groups and charities.
We hope this has given you a taste (no pun intended 😊) of what our not-for-profit health shop has to offer. We haven’t been able to list all our products here, only a selection, but you will always receive a warm welcome to our shop if you’d like to call in and see us, have a chat and browse, or stay and peruse our online shop right here.