Ellis Brigham Social & Environmental Responsibility
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 so we can preserve the fun of the outdoors for future generations.
We know we can never do enough for society and the environment but with your help we can certainly make a difference. That’s why Ellis Brigham has committed to a series of initiatives that are aimed at reducing our environmental impact and helping people enjoy the outdoors. These include, but are not limited to;
- We offer our staff 1 paid day per year to help make a difference and work on good causes that they are passionate about.
- Our work with the Youth Adventure Trust is helping change young people’s lives around by using the outdoors to develop their skills and help them overcome the challenges many face at home or school.
- We are working in partnership with Trail Magazine and mental health charity Mind to launch the Mountains For The Mind campaign, spreading the word about the mental and physical benefits of being outside
- We offer free water refills to everyone in all our stores. There is a public accessible fountain in Covent Garden and more to soon follow in our other stores.
- We use LED lights wherever possible to reduce energy consumption and waste (as they last longer).
- Our products are displayed on recycled and recyclable fittings.
- We aim to recycle or reuse over 75% of cardboard; used packaging and boxes.
- Catalogues are printed on Forestry Commission approved paper and mailed either without polythene or where a wrap is required we will use potato starch bags that biodegrade on compost heaps within a few months. This contributes to our efforts of reducing our consumption of single use plastic by at least 70% in the next 5 years.
- We now give paper bags with purchases which can be recycled and where required we offer a recycled bag (as strong as a bag for life) for 5p.
- Online orders are delivered in recycled Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and we’d encourage all our customers to reuse the bags as much as possible.
- We actively promote the repairing of clothing & equipment via ScottishMountainGear.com and walking boots/shoes via Lancashire Sports Repair Ltd.
- Stocking increasing amounts of environmentally friendly products and championing 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.
"It's all about having fun outside and knowing that future generations are going to be able to experience that"
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.
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:
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.
Look out for the Symbol
- Under the WEEE Regulations, all new electrical goods should now be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol shown on the left.
- 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.