Placeholder canvas
My Green Pod Logo

ALTER/NATIVE body care

Suma has launched a range of ethical body care products to rival mainstream options
Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod
ALTER/NATIVE body care

This article first appeared in our Restoration Revolution issue of MyGreenPod Magazine, distributed with The Guardian on 06 Sept 2019. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox

Suma is a co-operative of ‘ordinary people’, built on the foundations of integrity and equality over 40 years ago. But if you think the UK’s biggest worker co-op is all lentils and baked beans, think again.

Suma has added a new ALTER/NATIVE range of body care products to the 7,000 vegetarian, natural and responsibly sourced products it supplies to businesses and communities around the UK and the world.


We’re talking beautiful, small-batch, natural body care products, made in the UK and bursting with plant power. They present an alternative to the highly processed products commonly found on the high street. They’re cruelty free, kind to the skin, Earth friendly and always vegan.

‘We wanted to offer body care that provides a real alternative to the highly processed products you find on the high street’, explains Suma member Mel Bates, who has overseen the development of the new ALTER/NATIVE range. ‘We’ve worked with UK soap and body care makers to produce a mix of traditional fragrances and surprising combinations.’

The first products in the range were launched in May, and Suma is already seeing a real groundswell of interest. ‘New mixes, like coffee and cedarwood, are proving particularly popular as people’s curiosity is piqued’, Mel tells us.


Cleansing bars present the perfect opportunity to remove plastic from your hair and skin care routines. Made in the UK from essential oils, the four shampoo and four conditioner bars from ALTER/NATIVE range from a traditional rose
and geranium to the exotic coconut, argan oil and ylang ylang.

They’ve been created to cleanse the hair while indulging your senses with wonderful aromas. The vegan, cruelty-free and natural ingredients will help you smell – and feel – great.


Like the cleansing bars, ALTER/NATIVE soaps are hand-crafted in the UK with essential oils. They’re vegan and free from palm oil, plastic and cruelty.

These richly foaming soaps come in a range of gorgeous colours and fragrances, from all-time classics such as rosemary and lavender to some surprising blends. Check out the cinnamon, orange and aduki bean bar for exfoliation benefits.

Click here to find out why Suma’s Ecoleaf dishwasher tablets are a My Green Pod Hero

Plastic-free ALTER/NATIVE body care

ALTER/NATIVE glycerine soaps are also vegan, cruelty free and in many cases palm oil free, too – so it’s not just the mix of classic pairings and exciting combinations that set these soaps apart. Awaken your senses with palm-free coffee and cedarwood soaps.

The ALTER/NATIVE range is growing organically, with giftsets, skincare bars, hand wash, liquid shampoos and conditioners, in bulk and refills.

Click here to view the full ALTER/NATIVE body care range available from Suma.

Here's more related content

Sorry we don't have any suggested related content at the moment. Please check back later.

Join The Conversation

Leave a Reply

Here's More Ethical Health & Beauty News & Features

  • All
  • COP28
  • EU
  • Fairtrade
  • Hero
  • London
  • P.E.A. Awards
  • activism
  • activists
  • agriculture
  • air pollution
  • animal welfare
  • animals
  • awards
  • beauty
  • business
  • climate
  • climate action
  • consumer
  • diet
  • drinks
  • education
  • emissions
  • environment
  • ethical business
  • ethical lifestyle
  • events
  • farmers
  • farming
  • farms
  • food
  • fur
  • gifts
  • green space
  • greenwash
  • hair care
  • health
  • home
  • indigenous
  • law
  • legislation
  • mental health
  • microplastics
  • money
  • natural beauty
  • natural products
  • natural skincare
  • organic
  • organic beauty
  • outdoors
  • packaging
  • plant-based
  • plastic
  • plastic pollution
  • plastics
  • policy
  • politics
  • pollution
  • shopping
  • single-use plastic
  • skincare
  • soil
  • sports
  • sustainability
  • trees
  • vegan
  • water
  • wellbeing
  • women