As an independent bike shop we have a genuine commitment to being part of the local community, looking after our planet and investing in products and brands that are trying to lessen their impact on the earth we so love riding our bikes on!
We love riding out with locals, many who become friends, and we strive to build on-going relationships with like-minded organisations! So, here are some ways our local independent bike shop is trying to lessen our environmental impact and help our local community.
At Richmond Cycles, we prioritise the use of recycled packaging for our shipments and parcels. This means that you might receive your item in a package that was used previously and most likely sent to us by our suppliers.
We believe that this reduces the amount of plastic and paper used to send out our parcels. But don't worry, all parcels are packed up with care and you will receive your goods safely.
We encourage you to reuse that packaging yourself next time you need to send something out.
Recycle your tyres
Every year tens of thousands of bike tyres and tubes end up in landfill. It is suggested around 30,500,000 tyres and 152,500,000 inner tubes are disposed of at landfill in the UK each year, and with the growth of road biking in the UK, that is a lot of tyres!
With cycling being a more sustainable way to travel, we want to ensure we are disposing of our tyres sustainably also. We want to divert this valuable material from landfill so the rubber can be recycled into new purposes such as road surfaces and playgrounds and new products!
At Richmond Cycles, we are a tyre recycling centre, so you can pop in and drop off your old tyres to ensure they don't end up in landfill. We will take care of them and make sure they are recycled!
Cycle to work scheme
At Richmond Cycles, we believe everyone should ride to work as much as they can, or take a more environmentally sustainable form of transport, and with the vast amount of government-backed schemes available, it's now more affordable than ever!
Did you know cycling 20 miles a week can reduce the risk of heart disease by 50%, and even an hour-long ride at a gentle pace can burn 600 calories?
As a community, whether we like it or not, there’s a carbon cost to almost anything and everything we do – it is our duty to try and reduce our impact on the climate wherever we can. Teaming up with Ecologi was the next logical step for us in our journey of being a climate-positive workforce, offering their expertise to help us offset our carbon footprint.
Thanks to their help, we have been able to calculate the carbon footprint for not only our business but also for our workforce as a whole. This has allowed us, in collaboration with Ecologi, to put measures in place that will offset the carbon footprint of Richmond Cycles from ensuring our staff members cycle into work whenever possible, to planting trees in Madagascar and contributing to global carbon reduction projects. This collaboration has opened our eyes to just how significant all the little things can be when they’re added up, and we hope that our efforts can make a significant difference in the wider goal of creating a healthier planet.
We have also switched energy providers for our store to a cleaner service.
We are always having conversations with the brands we stock. We want to ensure we are buying in brands and products that have sustainability on their agenda and always looking for ways to lessen our impact on the environment.
We are really pleased to be working with and stocking Trek. Trek have a number of policies from green facilities, to waste reduction and restoration. Everyone knows a bicycle manufacturer can produce recyclable materials like inner tubes, helmet foam, light bulbs, and batteries. But what you might not consider is things like the VOC emissions caused by painting operations, carbon layups, and the solvents required for cleaning machines.
Trek was the first bicycle company to collect and recycle carbon fiber. They use a high-efficiency robotic paint system that has afforded a 90% reduction in their carbon footprint. Trek also uses custom-designed ovens that significantly cut down on the energy required for completing carbon frames
For more information on Trek’s sustainability policies head to their website.
Cycle of Good
We work with charity Cycle of Good to recycle all our inner tubes. If you have inner tubes at home or in the garage, don't hesitate to pop in our store, we'll send them to Cycle of Good on your behalf!
Cycle of Good will then use these tubes to create handcrafted goods using the materials by training tailors in the world's poorest countries so they can make a living. All money made by Cycle of Good pays for childcare and non-profit social enterprise in Malawi. That’s why it’s called the Cycle of Good!
Not just stopping at inner tubes, we decided that when you look good, you should feel good about what you're wearing. Two of our Richmond Cycles branded jerseys are recycled! We use a UK supplier who uses 100% recycled polyester to create our club fit jerseys. Made through recycled plastic bottles, using recycled polyester has exactly the same benefits as regular polyester. Quick drying, comfortable and breathable for those long, punchy road rides!
As an independent bike shop, community and supporting local means a lot to us. Have a read about the charities we work with...
Street Invest is an International Development NGO founded in the UK in 2008. Now hosting the Global Alliance for Street Work, a network of organisations who share StreetInvest’s vision of putting a trustworthy adult into the life of every street-connected child.
Together they are helping street-connected children to grow and develop so that they can reach their potential, and reduce the abuse and discrimination that they suffer.
Street invest is our favourite little local charity and one with a global reach. Oh yeah – and they like to ride their bikes with us.
Monkey Sox is a not for profit that supports the Multiple Sclerosis community. After founder James was diagnosed with MS in 2016, James and his wife Liane wanted to create an inspiring way to raise awareness and funds for the MS community. Monkey sox donates 50% of profits equally to 3 MS charities.
To find out more head to Monkey Sox. We love their cleverly designed performance socks!
We even have our own custom pair of Richmond Cycles socks! Buy here.
The Bike Project
The Bike Project, take second hand bikes, fix them up and donate them to refugees and asylum seekers in London and Birmingham.
The UK is bursting with opportunities – but it's also expensive. Especially when you're a refugee trying to navigate the complex asylum process on just £37.75 a week. The Bike Project believes that no one should have to choose between eating a square meal and catching the bus!
Grab a coffee while you're looking round the shop, pop some change in the dish and we'll donate it to a chosen charity.
You! The Richmond Cycles Community
Our community, customers and clients mean the world to us. We are always open and keen to hear your ideas of how Richmond Cycles can become more green, lessen our impact and protect the environment. Don’t hesitate to get in touch!
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