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At Tiso we have a passion for the outdoors which we’ve been sharing with customers since 1962. We recognise that with this passion comes great responsibility. It’s an unavoidable truth that the kit we sell and the nature of being in business creates an environmental and social footprint.

We’re determined to become a part of the solution and not part of the problem. We are constantly working with our brand partners to explore every avenue in how to make the gear that we sell as sustainable as possible, whilst remaining ready to take on the harshest conditions nature can throw.

We continuously review our business practices to establish opportunities for improvements in how we use resources more efficiently. We aim to do more using less, re-use as much as possible and where that’s not possible, we recycle as much as we can.

Reducing our environmental impact and growing the business in a sustainable manner is the central concern for all the Tiso Group retail faciae.

Sustainable Energy

– As part of JD Group’s Carbon management programme which aims to use forward-thinking actions and investment to reduce energy usage, and associated carbon emissions, 100% of the Group’s UK electricity is ‘Green’ energy from natural, renewable sources.


Through our investment in sustainable waste collection services, currently 92%* of our waste is processed for recycling. With increased staff training and structural improvements in waste handling we hope to push this as close to 100% as possible in the next few years. *2019 figures.

Care And Repair Services

We offer expert care advice and product repair services as well as bike and ski servicing, so that you can get the longest use out of the gear that you love and reduce your environmental footprint by not having to replace gear as often.

Supporting Sustainable Brands

As a retailer, our sustainability credentials are only as strong as the brands that we stock. Fortunately, the Outdoor industry is amongst the most forward thinking in the world. Most of our brands are actively looking at how they can improve the sustainability of their product ranges. Here’s just a few of the brands that are doing outstanding work: Patagoina, Ten Trees, Sherpa, Khatmandu, Fjalraven, Keen, Icebreaker.

Energy Efficiency

An ongoing project of upgrading lighting across the estate to modern LEDs is still in progress, being done on the basis of first addressing older systems that are failing and / or where the energy usage payback is most significant, as well as where store layout changes require new lighting and modern LED systems are installed as best practice, from store environment, cost and energy usage perspectives.

Charity Partner

Our co-founder Maude Tiso has been actively involved with the John Muir Trust since the beginning. Today, Tiso continues to lend its support, including providing office space for JMT staff within our Head office in Leith to help the charity carry out its work to protect, manage and promote understanding of the intrinsic value of Britain’s wild places.


All cafes at Tiso stores are committed to no longer selling drinks in plastic bottles, or using plastic straws and they use compostable; coffee lids, boxes and cutlery for takeaways. All our cafes recycle food responsibly to keep it out of landfill.

Cycle To Work Scheme

As part of the Government’s green transport plan the scheme allows our staff to save money on the cost of a new bike and accessories, supporting those who want to commute to work in a healthy and environmentally friendly manner.


We recognise that we’ve not reached the summit on our sustainability journey yet. We’re fully committed to taking all the necessary steps to ensure that as a leading Scottish business we do our part to protect the environment so that future generations can continue to get outside and enjoy our natural wonders.