Nikwax, global leaders in high performance, environmentally friendly waterproofing solutions, has become the first outdoor brand ever to have received a Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.
The award is the UK�s highest accolade for business success and is testament to Nikwax's clean waterproofing technology and their endeavour to promote sustainable practice.
Also voted number one by users in four recent outdoor industry awards, Nikwax clearly leads in both ease of use and durable performance. Breathable jackets can be waterproofed in the washing machine at home, using Nikwax TX.Direct in place of normal detergent. There is no need for heat activation - unlike the many treatments on the market that contain harmful perfluorinated compounds (PFCs).
Nikwax has been keeping people dry and comfortable in the outdoors since 1977, when the company was founded by current Managing Director, Nick Brown. Led by Nick�s vision to protect our beautiful outdoor surroundings, the company has always identified environmental and social responsibility as a priority.
Nick comments: �We must stop to think about the fuel we burn to arrive at our walk, the energy and materials consumed in the clothing that protect us from the elements, and even the wear on the pathway. We may be destroying the very hills that we care so much about. Restoring the waterproofing of your outdoor clothing is in itself a sustainable act; using far less energy and money than replacing equipment, and for us, it all counts.�
Nikwax�s stringent restricted chemicals policy set them apart from other aftercare manufacturers. They prohibit the use of flammable and aromatic solvents and potentially persistent materials like PFCs - chemicals widely used by other brands in the waterproofing of outdoor clothing. In contrast to the industry norm, Nikwax is the only established aftercare business in the world never to have used PFCs, knowing that they persist in the environment and can bioaccumulate, building up at higher ends of the food chain.
Nikwax is fast becoming the go to brand for environmentally safe waterproofing technology for leading outdoor gear manufacturers worldwide, as tighter legislation kicks in and environmental awareness heightens. The latest Nikwax innovation � Nikwax Hydrophobic Down � is about to hit the high-street in Rab�s new range of S/S down-filled sleeping bags and A/W jackets.
Delivering sustainable processes is a fundamental part of Nikwax�s day-to-day rhythm. The company harvests rainwater for use in the manufacture of core products, has invested in a solar generation system that virtually provides the entire electrical usage of its main office unit, and is carbon balanced though the World Land Trust. Nikwax�s waste reduction initiative has already seen the company�s proportion of waste recycled go from 16% in 2006 to 71% in 2013, and with an 80% target for 2014, the company aims to become waste and landfill free in five years. But it doesn't stop there.
Nick says: �Taking the ethical route rather than the easy-money road is a difficult decision for some, but minimising our environmental impact was always the way for me. I feel immense pride when I see our product on the high street us - it�s a win for the customer and conservation. The Queen�s Award is a great endorsement that says, yes, you�re doing alright, keep going�.