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:

  • Local
  • Organic
  • Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Ethical

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.

Organic sourdough and yeasted bread from Breaking Bread Bakery – our joint project with Esk Valley Camphill Community, situated in a micro bakery at the rear of our shop on Skinner Street, Whitby.

Cards and books by local artists and authors.

Our Suppliers From Further Afield

SUMA

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
  • Self-responsibility
  • Openness and Transparency
  • Innovation and Openness to change
  • Resilience
  • Well-being

A bit more about our products from Suma

The Range

Wholefoods

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.

Flavour enhancers

We offer stock cubes, bouillon, yeast extract, nutritional yeast and miso, Thai and Indian curry pastes, pasta sauces and other condiments.

Snacks

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!

Preserves

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

Refills

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.

Candles

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

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!

The Range

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.

VOGEL

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.

WELEDA

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.

LAMBERTS

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.

ORGANIC NORTH

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:

Low Waste

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.

Huge range

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!

Cooperative

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.

Our shop

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.

Food, Drink, Natural Medicines and Crafts Produced in North Yorkshire

At The Dispensary shop and our sister online shop The Futurehealth Store, we are committed to LOVE – Local, Organic, Vegetarian/Vegan and Ethical wherever possible!

We stock a range of locally sourced products which include:

  • 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.
  • Organic sourdough and yeasted bread from Breaking Bread Bakery – our joint project with Esk Valley Camphill Community, situated in a micro bakery at the rear of our shop on Skinner Street, Whitby.
  • Cards and books by local artists and authors.

Beevital – medicines from the beehive.

Beevital is based in Whitby and is a brand of medicines and supplements, known as apiceuticals, which come from the beehive. Beevital is part of Nature’s Laboratory, where CEO James Fearnley has been researching and making natural medicines for over 30 years. James is also a director of Common Cause which runs The Dispensary Health Shop and Futurehealth Store. James brings a wealth of expertise and experience in regard to bee medicines as he has written two books on the subject of propolis, has been involved in research into propolis with several universities and spoken on the subject at many international conferences.

BeeVital Propolis Products

Propolis is a resinous substance that honeybees produce. They gather resins from trees and plants, then process it through their own bodies into a sticky substance which they use to keep the hive free from infection. Propolis has been found to have therapeutic uses in humans too, having anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, immune-boosting and other beneficial properties. James has also been instrumental in setting up the organisation IPRG (International Propolis Research Group) which has organised international conferences on the subject of propolis, he also sits as the representative for the UK on the ISO committee looking at standards for propolis. Beevital is a world leader in propolis research and uses this expertise to develop natural medicines to aid a range of common health complaints in addition to specific products to support oral health. We are very happy that we are able to offer these products for sale in our health shop in Whitby and through our sister online shop Futurehealth Store. We stock propolis in many different forms tincture, liquid, water soluble, tablets, capsules, throat sprays, cream, lip balm, mouthwash, toothpaste, B-Gel (a ground-breaking gel which sticks to the oral mucosa) and propolis honey. We also stock Beevital pollen which is an amazing natural food containing a range of substances including vitamins, minerals and protein. We stock pollen in granules, capsules and as pollen honey.

Sweet Cecily’s

Sweet Cecily’s is a pioneering natural skincare company which is based in Whitby. It is part of Nature’s Laboratory and produces a range of high quality natural skincare products including hand and face creams, lip balms, toners, body butters, face masks, soothing bath infusions and very popular Make–Your-Own kits for products such as face masks, lip balms and body scrubs. The Sweet Cecily’s team strives to produce products free from harmful additives and all their products are produced in small batches with great care taken to ensure high quality.

Sweet Cecily’s use various kinds of plants and herbs known for their beneficial properties regarding skincare. They also produce a popular soothing skin cream which contains propolis, well-known of its antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory effects.

Sweet Cecily’s Natural Skincare

As well as being effective skincare products the Sweet Cecily’s range is beautifully packaged and very popular as gifts, especially the fun lip balms (in flavours which include espresso martini, earl grey, gin & tonic, plus many more) and the make your own lip balm kits which have proved a hit as Christmas presents with the young and not so young!

Local Honeys

We are very grateful to the honeybee for producing such health-giving and beautiful honey and sharing some of it with us. We regard the honeybee as an extraordinary and complex being and are indebted to its selfless work of pollination without which our food supply would soon diminish.

We pride ourselves on stocking honeys local to our area surrounding Whitby and the area of the North York Moors.

One of our main suppliers of local honey is the Beezneez Apiary which is situated near Malton, on their own fruit farm and is run by Allan and his family.

Bees

We stock a range of Beezneez honeys, which is always very popular, and includes a runny flower honey, a soft set honey, a moors honey (you can smell the heather fragrance) and a variety of smaller honeys with a twist –  honeys with ginger, whisky, chilli and aniseed.

When available we also stock beautiful local honeys from Julie at Little Scout Honey, Marion at The Bee Shed and Will from Egton. These honeys are available in smaller quantities and are keenly sought after.

Baytown Coffee

We have supported the Baytown Coffee Company since they first came into being in 2013, when we ran our health shop from a smaller premises on Hunter Street in Whitby. It was started by four friends who wanted to provide good quality and ethically produced coffee on the Yorkshire Coast. Although a fairly young company, the people involved have a lot of coffee expertise, being linked with HR Higgins Ltd suppliers of coffee to the Queen. The beans are hand roasted and you can buy them either as beans or ground. The company puts importance on fairness and traceability and that growers are paid above the fair trade minimums, so they work directly with farmers and importers who share their values. They give an example of Coope Tarrazu RL, a Costa Rican cooperative that was established in 1970 by 228 small coffee farms. Now it’s a major contributor to the economic development of the Los Santos region of Tarrazu. Around 10,000 people work with the coop, which looks after the interest of these small producers.

Baytown Coffee believes it has a moral responsibility to make a positive social impact on the communities in which it operates, whether that be the Yorkshire coast or the places it buys its coffee from. At the moment it is working with Dalewood, a charitable trust, which offers support services for adults with learning disabilities in the Whitby area. Baytown coffee is working with Dalewood on its café and communications to increase its appeal and income.

In The Dispensary shop we stock a range of Baytown Coffee in both beans and ground varieties.

The most popular is definitely Boggle Hole, a deep robust coffee, followed by The Bolts, an intense espresso, but closely chased by Albion Street, with ripe cherry tones, Coxswain (a donation is made to the lifeboat charity for every sale), Ness Point (Decaff) and Bay Bank (Organic). The Jingle Blend at Christmas is also seasonally popular with its flavours of spices and nuts and a hint of chocolate orange.

Organic vegetables from Newfields Farm, Fadmoor

Every Tuesday afternoon one of the team drives over to Newfields Organic Farm at Fadmoor and picks up a selection of vegetables that have been grown on the farm. Recently we have had some delicious bunched carrots, beetroot, onions, cabbages and kale. While we are there we also pick up an order from wholesaler Organic North, which includes items we cannot get locally such as lemons, figs, oranges, bananas and other fruit and veg from farther afield. We also pick up organic free range eggs and milk. Our display of organic fruit and vegetables is impressive and we have a steadily growing local following, which we would like to increase!

Organic sourdough and yeasted breads from Breaking Bread Bakery, Whitby

The bakery opened in 2018 and in January 2019 Lukas, Daniel and Ruairidh proudly carried through our first organic sourdough breads for sale in The Dispensary health shop. Baked in our micro bakery at the back of the shop, they were the first produce of Breaking Bread Bakery – a joint project between the Esk Valley Camphill Community* and Common Cause Community Interest Company (which runs The Dispensary shop).

It was an emotional moment. Years of planning, followed by crowd-funding and private donations, converting, equipping and testing had brought us to that special day. The loaves smelled magnificent. I watched our customers reactions as they wandered into the shop. They stopped, took a deep breath and smelled the air, remarked on the beautiful aroma of freshly baked bread and admired the crusty loaves as we described each type in detail. There’s a trio of sourdoughs; Country Seeded, Czech Sourdough (specially from our baker Lukas who hails from the Czech Republic), and Volkornbrot, a dark German rye bread. In addition some prefer our large yeasted Malthouse bread, perfect for toast. We now also offer wholemeal and gluten free loaves on certain days.

Our Bread

I am moved by how fundamental good bread is to nourishing not only our physical bodies, but our souls. Customers share their memories, indeed often smelling and holding the bread in a way reminiscent of childhood, hugging the parcel to themselves like a treasure and commenting that it probably won’t last until they get home. It has been described by some as the staff of life and we see this connection rekindled. Our customers are delighted to share their own experiences of baking. Bread is again personal, we have a relationship with it, we know where it is made and who is making it. We know it is made with love, care and a reverence for the craft and the place that bread holds for us, in our culture, in our psyche, and in our hearts.

At present Breaking Bread bakes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and supplies our not for profit shop, The Dispensary, at 25 Skinner Street, Whitby, Danby Health Shop and the Esk Valley Camphill Community, in addition to Lythe Community shop and The Railway Community Shop. We are in the process of reaching out to other shops and cafes and intend to expand our production, once we have an additional oven. We also hope to open up opportunities for our communities to get more involved with the baking and also, in time, to offer classes and workshops in baking. If you’re interested in ordering bread, finding out more or getting involved, contact us at info@thedispensary.org.uk

All our bread is baked using certified organic flour.

*Esk Valley Camphill Community is a not-for-profit organisation where people of all abilities have chosen to live, work and celebrate life together. The community comprises 19 households in Danby Dale and runs Danby Health Shop, a bio-dynamic garden and a craft room.

Cards and books by local artists and authors

We are very pleased to be able to showcase some of the area’s local talent in the form of cards by local artists and books by local authors.

We stock beautiful Anne Ward cards which are a variety of hand-painted and printed cards depicting scenes from the coast and Esk Valley. Anne very recently moved away from Whitby, but she lived in the area for many years and her cards are so popular and expressive of the local landscapes that we wanted to continue stocking them.

We also stock cards and books by local artist and author Maria Silmon. Maria works in the mediums of photography and montage, creating images inspired by the natural world. Her overriding passion and inspiration is an observance of the life force and energy inherent in all things.  Her curiosity leads her to explore the paths of energy within the earth, to the awe-inspiring formation of rock, and flower, water and  air – as well as the energy field of the human being. She explains ”I find my inspiration from walks in nature, in forests, on cliff tops looking out to sea, sitting under the stars and under moons, and ambling through areas of wilderness and  flowers.” All of Maria’s work is produced with earth-conscious means, and carry earth, people and animal-friendly credentials.

We also stock popular Whitby Celtic themed cards by Anthony Hodgson who is originally from the local area.

We stock a small selection of books by local authors, including writers Elizabeth Cheyne whose work includes the history of theatre in Whitby and Alastair Laurence, a local historian who has written books on local villages including Egton and Danby.

Finally, we are always open to stocking new local products that are in keeping with our ethos, such as keyrings, from our youngest supplier, Edmund, who handmakes these very useful items and is also a keen bird-watcher!

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