Nikwax is still owned by its founder Nick Brown, an outdoor enthusiast who uses science to improve people’s comfort and enjoyment of the natural world. But he is fully aware that if humankind is to continue enjoying what nature provides, then we all have to think hard about how we are going to protect it. This is the source of Nikwax’s commitment to low impact products, and it’s a commitment which over the years has drawn many like minded thinkers into the company.
We know we are not perfect, so a key part of our philosophy is to measure and understand our footprint so that we can hold ourselves to account. From CO2 emissions down to the chemicals which make up our products, we want to know what we are putting out there, and what its impact is likely to be. Nikwax applies a scientific approach that combines understanding, measurement and continuous improvement.
Nikwax takes real action in a broad range of areas. From internal policies to reduce direct impacts, to external funding of conservation and education, we strive to live by our principles and set an example to the rest of the industry.
We know that we are working hard to reduce our environmental impact, but we also believe that consumers should have a healthy scepticism when it comes to companies’ environmental claims. To promote a culture of transparency and public scrutiny, we have decided to share our environmental performance data online. Flattering or otherwise, we are laying it out for all to see, allowing the public to make their own minds up about our efforts.
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Explore our environmental footprint data through interactive graphs and diagrams. See how we're doing and hold us to account.
Nikwax maintains a public list of the chemicals it excludes from its formulations. Find out which chemicals and the reasons why.
Nikwax never has and never will use PFCs in waterproofing products. Learn why fluorocarbon pollution should matter to everyone.
“Nikwax is a great ambassador for the outdoors. Environmentally conscious, sustainable and innovative. A hard mix to master, but Nikwax manage.”P Williams