We’ve teamed up with Bluebird Snow Exchange, a dedicated buying-and-selling platform for second-hand, returned and ex-warranty snowsports products. Their mission is to make the most out of the gear we already have in a bid to reduce waste, increase product lifecyles and move towards a cleaner planet. Bluebird is also part of a wider environmental movement which strives to educate people on climate issues and the practical solutions available for snowsports through their events programme and writings.
The world of snowsports is suffering from a sustainability crisis that reaches to its very core. Snowsports gives participants the chance to connect with nature on an innate and magnificent level, but we have to acknowledge the impact our sport is having on the environment we so crave to connect with.
Climate change in our mountain environments is not a new phenomenon and it is something we know to be happening. However, in recent years the impact of this change has become more stark to the point that it is now impossible for us as snowsports enthusiasts not to take notice.
Tackling an issue as large as climate change can feel like a daunting and often thankless exercise. There is unfortunately no magic bullet we as snowsports enthusiasts can shoot to overcome our contributions to this seismic event, nor our own consciousness. However, small changes done at a large scale can have dramatic impacts on slowing our rate of decline. Furthermore, an added and often understated benefit of starting to change our behaviours is that it simply opens up space for discussion surrounding snowsports and its long-term sustainability. From this space innovation can flourish and our positive impacts can start to grow at an exponential level.
From a kit and equipment perspective, the best place to start is to try and re-think our consumer behaviour, by shifting from a linear to a circular model; rather than simply using an item and disposing of it when finished with, a circular model encourages you to close the loop by repairing, donating, reselling, recycling, upcycling or renting used kit to give it a new home and a new lease of life. The following flowchart is designed to be a simple step by step guide to show you how to start making more environmentally conscious decisions when it comes to the gear we need.