Nikwax, who make some of the most widely-used aftercare products in the outdoor industry, have celebrated their 40th birthday by becoming entirely carbon neutral. Founded in 1987, the brand reached the milestone this year, and decided to mark it not just by off-setting their current carbon emissions (as they have done for many years) but also by off-setting all the carbon they have ever been responsible for as a business in their 40 years of existence.
They announced this seriously impressive step at the Outdoor show in Friedrichshafen last month. We spoke to Nick Brown, the inventor and founder of Nikwax, about how they got to this point. “About 10 years ago, we decided we would do as much as we possibly could do to progressively reduce our environmental impact,” he said.
“They’re not just off-setting their current carbon emissions, they’re off-setting all the carbon they have ever been responsible for as a business in their 40 years of existence.”
“We set out a plan to reduce our carbon footprint, our general waste footprint and water footprint, but inevitably, with any kind of modern business you can’t completely do away with your carbon usage. You’ve got people going on airplanes, you’ve got gas heating, you’ve got manufacturing which requires electricity.”