Our ethics

Ethics and Sustainability

Our vision for Substation was and is pretty simple – to create a healthy, accessible and welcoming space with as little environmental impact as possible. We have strived to keep our ethics true to our vision in every aspect of the business from staff wellbeing right through to our own mini war on plastic.
Our vision

Substation was born out of our love for the outdoors, Sam and Simon are both passionate mountain bikers, climbers and are generally happiest when they’re outside.

Our environment

Our passion and respect for the natural world was a big driving force in the sustainability and environmental focus of the business.

Plastic battle

We’re all too aware of the huge impact plastics are having on the world, whether that’s crisp wrappers on the top of your favourite mountain or turtles mistaking plastic bags for jellyfish. We try incredibly hard to keep our plastic usage to a minimum.

Meat free

Our decision to not sell meat in the café was predominantly down to animal welfare and the ethics surrounding the animal agriculture industry. We felt it was the right decision and the feedback we have received from the thousands of happy customers confirms our decision.


All Substation branded clothing comes from a company called Stella/Stanley, who are dedicated to providing good working conditions in all their factories. They send all clothing to customers in plastic free packaging and to top things off the garments are very high quality and durable ensuring they stand the test of time.

Our team

We also believe that at the heart of any good business is happy staff, therefore we ensure our staff are looked after.

They all start with significantly more annual leave than required which then increases for every year they’re a part of our team. All our staff also get yoga classes and climbing for free and heavily discounted food with free hot drinks.

Some of our friends

We like working with people we like. Which is why we’ve teamed up with the following companies. They think differently about how they run their businesses and the products they provide, with sustainability and quality at the forefront of their ethos. Here’s a little bit about each of them…