Nikwax announces three-year sustainability roadmap

Leading producer of technical cleaners and waterproofing products for camping gear and outdoor apparel, Nikwax, has released a report road mapping the next three years of its commitment to sustainability. Nikwax was founded 45 years ago on the principles of creating PFC-free aftercare products to prevent damage to people and the planet, so this new report is simply a continuation of the way it has always worked.

“When we launched Nikwax in 1977, the environmental movement, as we know it today, was still in its infancy,” said founder Nick Brown. “The term ‘global warming’ had only just been coined and it would be almost two decades before people started talking about their ‘carbon footprint’. Against this background, for us to make environmental protection a specific business objective and stated brand value was positively radical, but those were the values upon which the company was found- ed. 45 years on, I’m proud to say that protecting our planet is still very much at the heart of Nikwax’s goals. This sustainability report documents the journey we have been on and outlines our goals for the next three years.”

The sustainability report highlights Nikwax’s achievements since 1977 and includes a plan of action for the next three years across six different fields of action: clean chemistry, climate action, conservation, circularity, ethical and fair, and experts and partners. Some of the commitments within this six field include: becoming an Employee Owned Trust, having 90 per cent of single-use plastic purchased by the company to be recycled, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2025.

Maïté Angleys, Nikwax’s director of sustainability, added: “One key message which came out of COP26 was the urgency with which we all need to act. As businesses and individuals, we can always do more. We’re excited to share the findings of our Sustainability Report and the steps we are taking to further reduce our impact on the natural world, while also creating a more positive im- pact on people.”