Circular Economy Week

At The Arch, we’re always looking for ways to reduce the amount that our business contributes to the world’s waste problem, and so far we have found some great solutions such as our coffee grounds recycling. This week is Circular Economy Week, and we thought we’d take this opportunity to share some ways for you to help contribute towards a more circular economy!

In contrast to the traditional linear economy of “Make, Use, Dispose”, a Circular Economy looks to minimise waste and make the most out of resources by closing the loop through repair, re-use, refurbishing and recycling. So without further ado, here are four ways for you to get circular!

Resole those Climbing Shoes!

You know the ones, super comfy, perfectly broken it, but just a little worn out on the toe? There are plenty of companies who specialise in resoling climbing shoes, and it can be done from as little as £42! By doing so, you’re prolonging the life of your shoes, and keeping them out of the bin as long as possible.

Donate your Old Climbing/Outdoor Gear

Rather than throwing away that pair of climbing shoes which never quite fit properly, or that waterproof which you no longer wear, you can donate them to Gift Your Gear. They support communities, youth groups and charities working with young people in the outdoors. You can drop these off at any of our centres, and we will send it off to them for you!

Purchase Responsibly

One way to help close the loop, whilst simultaneously helping the environment is to purchase products which have been made responsibly. This can be anything from Fair Wear certified organic cotton garments, like all of our Arch T-Shirts and clothing, all the way to clothes made from recycled materials like the Prana Mojo short (sold in our shop). There are a wealth of climbing products on the market which are made responsibly, so bear it in mind next time you shop!

Avoid Single Use

It’s a hot topic at the moment, with the UK banning a number of single use plastics such as straws, but we can do our part as consumers to avoid contributing to the waste caused by single use plastics. Reusable coffee cups and water bottles are a really easy way to lower your waste footprint, and if you use your reusable coffee cup at The Arch, you will even get a discount on your coffee! If you’d like to get your hands on either of these, check out our shop next time you visit a centre.

Thank you for reading, and if you have any suggestions on how to be more circular, or any questions regarding this article, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Joe Partridge