Nikwax manufactures high quality cleaning and maintenance products to enable athletes and outdoor sports enthusiasts to take care of and extend the life of their equipment. Since the beginning in 1977, when Nick Brown invented a product that revolutionized shoe waterproofing, Nikwax has built a solid reputation in the outdoor world. Nikwax products are recommended by many brands and have been rewarded many times for their quality and efficiency.
In addition to being efficient, Nikwax products are also environmentally friendly, and the company itself is very concerned about its environmental impact. Nikwax follows a true ecological philosophy and wants to be completely transparent to its customers in terms of its practices and commitments. From an environmental point of view, the company is committed to five areas: protecting consumers and the environment from dangerous chemicals, reducing its impact on climate change, supporting the conservation of natural habitat, avoiding waste, particularly in packaging, and advocating for social change.
- Consumer and environmental protection:
In order to avoid risks of contamination of food and air, Nikwax ensures that only safe ingredients are used and avoids chemicals that may be hazardous to human health and the environment. Manufactured in the United Kingdom, the manufacture of Nikwax products is regulated by the European REACH legislation. Nikwax goes even further than the chemical ingredient restrictions defined by Reach and has developed a stricter restrictive list based on a precautionary principle. Compliance with REACH legislation and Nikwax's internal restrictive list is regularly checked by an ISO auditor.
- Reduction of the impact of the company's activity:
Nikwax accurately measures its CO2 emissions, as well as its electricity and water consumption. These measures are made public through the company's website, and Nikwax is working to reduce them as much as possible.
- Support for the conservation of natural habitat:
Nikwax reserves part of its turnover to support conservation and reforestation initiatives in some of the world's most threatened regions. Nikwax offsets its carbon dioxide emissions by donating part of its profits to the World Land Trust, an NGO that the brand also supports when calling for occasional donations. The World Land Trust uses donations to purchase land in areas where ecosystems are threatened, and works with local partners and communities to manage reserves sustainably. Nikwax also works closely with the European Outdoor Conservation Association, which raises funds from the outdoor industry to support conservation projects. Nick Brown, the founder and CEO of Nikwax, is Vice President of the EOCA association.
- More recycled, recyclable and non-overpackaged packaging:
Aware that plastic waste is a major problem because of its resistance to biodegradation, Nikwax reduces its packaging as much as possible, and makes maximum use of recycled and recyclable materials in products, packaging and supplies.
- A campaign for social change:
Convinced of the importance of environmental issues, Nikwax wishes to give them a prominent place in society and is conducting an educational campaign to this end. The company works with schools to provide practical training in science and sustainable business, and provided funding in 2012 for the construction of an "open-air classroom" in a primary school in the United Kingdom.
Finally, Nikwax regularly supports people and projects, and remains always open and attentive to new initiatives to support. In 2011, at the request of the Chad Solar Charity, Nikwax developed a product to waterproof solar cookers used in Darfur refugee camps in the Chadian desert. Contacted in 2009 by a Burkina Faso student in International Development in the United Kingdom, Nikwax sponsored her to participate in the climate negotiations at COP15 in Copenhagen.