As one of the UK's leading mountain sports retailers it stands to reason that our primary concern is the environment in which we operate - after all our outdoor playground is the one thing that we all enjoy and want to preserve. We therefore recognise our responsibility in needing to minimise our business impact on the environment for our pleasure interests. Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports Ltd are committed to a series of initiatives that are aimed at reducing our environmental impact. These include, but are not limited to;
- Recycling over 75% of cardboard (spring 2009 estimate); used packaging, boxes, signage etc.
- Repair, re-use or recycle everything possible from signage to IT equipment - including surplus clothing (donations to Barnardos, Bosnia Appeal).
- Catalogues are mailed in biodegradable polythene bags.
- Guide our suppliers/partners in the most environmentally friendly way to package/transport products - and heed their advice!
- Actively promoting the repairing of clothing & equipment via ScottishMountainGear.com and walking boots/shoes via Lancashire Sports Repair Ltd
- Stock increasing amounts of environmentally friendly products and champion our most ethical brands/manufacturers.
- Encouraging our staff and partners to offset their carbon emissions - both business and pleasure.
- We provide a battery recycling service - just call into one of our stores and drop off your old dead batteries!
- Endorsing Manchester's Climate Change Action Plan, "Manchester: A Certain Future" (2009/2010).
- Fur: Ellis Brigham consciously avoid brands who use real fur and will continue to do so in the future. Where fur please read faux fur!
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is now UK law. The legislation aims to make producers pay for the collection, treatment and recovery of waste electrical equipment. The regulations also mean that suppliers of equipment like high street shops and internet retailers must allow consumers to return their waste equipment free of charge.
- The amount of WEEE we throw away is increasing by around 5% each year, making it the fastest growing waste stream in the UK.
- Much of the UK’s WEEE ends up in landfill, where the lead and other toxins it contains can cause soil and water contamination. This can have a harmful effect on natural habitat, wildlife and also human health.
Distributors of new Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) have a part to play in reducing the amount of WEEE going into landfill sites.
Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports Ltd. offer customers free take-back of their WEEE on a like-for-like basis when they buy a new Electrical or Electronic product from us.
For example, if a customer bought a new handheld GPS
from us we would accept their old handheld GPS
and prevent it going into a landfill site by disposing of it safely. Customers must return their WEEE item to us within 28 days of purchasing their new item.
Under the WEEE Regulations, all new electrical goods should now be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol shown below:
Goods are marked with this symbol to show that they were produced after 13th August 2005, and should be disposed of separately from normal household waste so that they can be recycled.
Many electrical items that we throw away can be repaired or recycled. Recycling items helps to save our natural finite resources and also reduces the environmental and health risks associated with sending electrical goods to landfill.
We are constantly adding new initiatives in an effort to preserve our playground but we would also be happy to receive your thoughts on anything you feel we should be doing - or not doing as the case may be! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions.
See what some of our brands are already doing: