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As one of the UK's leading snowboarding 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 are can certainly make a difference. That’s why The Snowboard Asylum have 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;

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Make The Days Count

We offer our staff 1 paid day per year to help make a real difference and work on good causes that they are passionate about.

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 Charity Support

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.

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Mountains For The Mind

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.

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Free Water Refills

Never be thirsty again if you’re within walking distant of one of our stores. 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.

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We use LED lights wherever possible to reduce energy consumption and waste (as they last longer).

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Using More Recycled Materials

Our products are displayed on recycled and recyclable fittings. We aim to recycle or reuse over 75% of cardboard; used packaging and boxes.

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FSC Approved Paper

Magazines 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.

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Paper Bags For Purchases

We now give paper bags with purchases which can be recycled. Where paper bags aren’t strong enough to carry goods we offer a polythene bag made from recycled materials (this bag is as strong as a bag for life) for 5p (this money is given directly to charity).

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Sustainable Packaging

Online orders are mostly delivered in our 100% recyclable, biodegradable and sustainable FSC approved packs printed with eco friendly links (they biodegrade within 3 months).

Occasionally we may use recycled Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and we’d encourage all our customers to reuse these bags as much as possible.

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Carbon Neutral Delivery

Our delivery partner is DPD who reduced and offset their carbon emissions by increasing the use of alternate fuel vehicles and by investing in renewable and cleaner energy production projects.

Our waste disposal is via B&M who have been Carbon Neutral since 2011 and focus on zero waste to landfill.

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We actively promote the repairing of clothing & equipment via and Lancashire Sports Repair Ltd.

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Feel Good Gear

Stocking increasing amounts of environmentally friendly products and championing our most ethical brands/manufacturers.

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100% Renewable Energy

100% of the electricity we use is from renewable sources - Suppliers: SSE Green, E.On Renewable.

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Green Deposits Scheme

We bank using Barclays Green Deposits scheme. The bank uses our money to identify appropriate projects that will have a positive environmental impact and to then fund these projects.

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Battery Recycling

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.

WEEE Regulations

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 [email protected] 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.

See What Some Of Our Brands Are Already Doing

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Modern Slavery Statement

As part of the retail sector, we recognise our responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking. We are absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our corporate activities, and to ensuring that our supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

Our Modern Slavery Policy sets out actions to understand and eliminate all potential modern slavery risks and human-trafficking related to our business and our supply chains.