At Tiso, we are not just a company that sells outdoor kit. Every member of our staff are also passionate outdoor lovers, so we appreciate more than most that looking after the environment for future generations is the most pressing concern currently facing humanity.
Tiso customers share the passion and love for the outdoors and we recognise their growing concern and desire to shop more ethically and sustainably, but doing so is not an easy task. There are many products out there claiming to be sustainable, that don’t hold up to much scrutiny once you scratch just below the surface.
To help you on your own sustainable purchasing journey, we want to make it easier for you to think green. We have created eligibility criteria that puts products through their paces resulting in a group of 'Think Green' labelled items. Products which have met our criteria - and hence the best-of-the-best sustainable products we range - will be shown on our website with the Think Green icon.
To make sure that only genuinely responsible products are highlighted, every Think Green product must pass through a strict set of eligibility criteria. You’ll notice that our criteria is split by product category. This is because our product range is so varied, so it would be impossible to have one qualifying criteria set that covers everything from down jackets to walking boots fairly.
Sustainability is often equated with environmental impact, but we recognise that it is so much more than this. There's no sustainability without equality, and that's why when assessing our products, we consider not only what the product is made from, but also how it is made. For a product to earn a Think Green label, it must be made with either recycled or responsibly sourced materials, cannot use PFCs in the DWR, and must be produced under fair working conditions. In addition, the product or brand must also fulfil one other sustainability attribute from our growing list, which includes Bluesign-approved products, OEKO-TEX certifications, and B-Corp status.
We will review our Think Green eligibility criteria seasonally, as industry standards and practices improve and develop. You can read our most up-to-date criteria below.
While not all products that have sustainable and ethical qualities will be part of our best-of-the-best Think Green category, that's not to say that they aren't great options for equally great reasons. There's a lot of sustainable attribute jargon out there, so to make it easier to see which ethical and sustainable initiatives you are supporting, we have split these attributes into three categories: Think Nature, Think Welfare and Think People.
Awarded to a product that has the least harmful impact on the environment - such as using recycled materials and PFC-free DWR coatings. By Thinking Nature you are supporting the use of environmentally preferred materials and processes.
Awarded to a product that cares about animal welfare - such as certified vegan products and using RDS down. By Thinking Welfare you are supporting improved animal welfare practices.
Awarded to a product that promotes safe and ethical working conditions in its supply chain - such as Fair Trade products or be made by a brand that partners with an ethical organisation such as Fair Wear. By Thinking People you are supporting better working practices for the people who make the product you're buying.
To explain more, we have summarised why some of the key green attributes are important.
To read the full list, head over here.
Outdoorsy people love gear. It keeps us warm when we are hiking through snowy blizzards, it keeps us dry when we are caught in torrential rain and provides us shelter when we are camping on the mountain summits. Gear keeps us adventuring. We love gear and we are lucky to stock some of the best outdoor gear brands in the world, so when you buy from us, you are buying quality gear that is made to last.
As outdoor experts, we are committed to educating our customers on how to look after their gear to maximise the lifespan of those products. The longer we keep our gear going, the less we buy in the long run and the smaller our impact on the planet.
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