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Natural Home Cleaning 

We’ve been on a mission to make cleaning greener for years.

Ecoleaf by Suma is a plant-based, sustainable and a natural solution to household cleaning. The range is derived from plant extracts and based on biodegradable and non-hazardous ingredients, making them safe and effective in your home as well as being much better for the planet. Meaning you have a cleaner home and a cleaner conscience.

What we set out to do:

Back in 2008, the idea that cleaning could be greener really started to take hold with us. We knew our customers trusted us to source natural, fairly traded food but we recognised consumers deserved more than simple store cupboard essentials. We wanted to develop cleaning products, made in the UK, which is good for our home and the planet. 

Our aim: 

It was always about respecting nature. One of our members, Paul, began researching the effects of phosphates and other cleaning chemicals on our waterways and aquatic life. He used his knowledge to convince the coop it was time for us to branch out and develop a new range of cleaning products. 

Our first products: 

Six products were developed and hit the hit the shelves of health food and whole food shops across the UK in 2009 – and we got an incredible response. Since that time, we have continued to consider natural household product swaps. We have developed a range of effective yet gentle, environmentally-friendly household cleaning products made from natural, biodegradable and sustainable materials.


We’ve developed this resource to help answer your questions. 

We’ll continue to update you here where there are new developments in ingredients and packaging. If you don’t find the answer to your question here just drop us a line customerfeedback@suma.coop – we’d love to hear from you!

Credentials:

Are Ecoleaf products vegan?

Choosing to be vegan is not just about satisfying your taste buds. If you’re a considerate consumer of cruelty-free foods then a logical next step is other using other household products. 

The Vegan Trademark seen on vegan products is an easily recognisable flower, growing from the ‘V’ of the word ‘vegan’. The Vegan Society logo has been helping people identify that a product is free from animal ingredients since 1990. Registration with the trademark gives brands the confidence to shout about their vegan credentials – and we have that confidence.

For another guarantee, look for the Cruelty Free International (formerly BUAV) ‘leaping bunny’ logo on your cleaning products. This is worry-free way you can buy with trust. The application process for both logos are stringent and gaining these icons is no easy feat. 

Ingredients/Efficacy:

Where are the ingredients used in Ecoleaf sourced?  

We are transparent about our ingredients – you will not find greenwashing here. Our Buying Team and Product Developers work closely together to source sustainable and natural ingredients, all of which are listed on our containers. We have stringent up-to-date policies in place which are regularly reviewed. 

Do the products work as well as chemical cleaners? 

A common misconception is that eco-friendly cleaning products do not work as well as chemical cleaners. We hear this comment a great deal but science has moved on and it’s now possible to develop formulations that are as effective as, or better than, the chemical equivalent. 

All of the raw materials for our eco-friendly range of cleaning products are derived from plant-based materials, including annual crops such as potatoes, citrus, or maize. These renewable and natural ingredients are further processed to make active ingredients for gentle cleaning products. In addition, because of the origin of the raw materials, they are extremely biodegradable and have no impact on aquatic life as well as being suitable for septic tanks.

Do your products contain any harmful chemicals?

‘Normal’ cleaning products are derived from petroleum-based resources, depleting natural resources, and may contain harsh chemical such as phosphates, caustics and other ingredients that can be hazardous to both the user and the environment. 

Phosphates are used to soften hard water as cleaning agents and to counteract other constituents of tap water. When discharged into streams and rivers, phosphates are harmful to the environment as they encourage the growth of substances such as algae which starves marine life of oxygen. 

The Plastic Problem

After the Ecoleaf re-brand in 2020 we switched to PCR (Post-consumer Recycled Plastics) This has a number of environmental benefits. Using recycled PET means that less petroleum is needed to make new, virgin resin. Recycled PET also requires less energy to produce and has a lower carbon footprint the virgin PET. By using PCR we eliminate the need for new plastic. 

Are your plastic bottles recyclable?

Absolutely! Keep it in the recycling loop, or take the empty, cleaned out retail sizes to a re-fill store near you.

Ecoleaf paper products

In 1986 we launched the UK’s first 100% recycled paper toilet tissue. It proved to be a hit and since then we’ve continued to develop the range. Nowadays our toilet tissue comes in 100% recyclable paper wrap making our packaging sustainable, renewable, non-polluting and non-toxic.

The outer wrap used for storage and delivery will change? from the current clear plastic film to certified home compostable ‘Bioplast’ material.

Household Use

Are the products suitable for use with a grey water system? Can the range be used with a septic tank?

Because of the origin of the raw materials, they are extremely biodegradable and have no impact on aquatic life as well as being suitable for septic tanks.