Maddy Cope: Climbing the unknown in Mongolia
Mammut UK athlete and climber, Madeleine Cope, has just returned from a three-week trip to Mongolia – not the first place you think of as a climbing location!
Nikwax’s uncompromising environmental ethos has once again been recognised and rewarded by a trusted authority in sustainability. This month, Nikwax received a Gold Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice in the Products and Recycled Products category [in 2009 the company won a Bronze for Environmental Best Practice in Manufacturing].
The Green Apple Environment Awards are the culmination of an annual international campaign to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world. This accolade comes in the wake of April’s announcement when Nikwax became the first outdoor brand to win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.
For the past 35 years Nikwax has manufactured quality cleaning and proofing products that protect and extend the life of outdoor footwear, clothing and equipment, while staying true to a strong environmental policy. Setting Nikwax apart is its stringent restricted chemicals policy that, in contrast to industry norm, prohibits the use of both flammable and aromatic solvents and potentially persistent materials – chemicals widely used by other companies producing water repellent treatments. Nikwax is the only established waterproofing and aftercare business in the world never to have used aerosols or perfluorinated compounds [PFCs]. These awards show that high performing weatherproofing solutions do not have to use environmentally damaging chemicals.
Nick Brown, CEO and Founder of Nikwax said: “Minimising our environmental impact and consequently that of others through providing a sustainable alternative for washing and proofing your products has always been my main goal. I am proud that the efforts of the Nikwax team are being recognised by such a prestigious award scheme. We pride ourselves on our environmental practice while still maintaining our high-quality end product, showing that you can solve problems in a sustainable way and achieve results superior to those offered by competing, less environmentally friendly formulas. It’s a win for the customer and sustainability.”