Nikwax the First Company in the World to become Carbon Balanced Since its Founding
In their 40th year, Nikwax is proud to have balanced all their operational carbon emissions since their start. Maintaining their commitment to conserving and protecting the natural world.
As Nikwax celebrates its 40th year as a forward thinking, innovative company, we are also proud to be celebrating the fact that we are the first and only outdoor company to carbon balance its operations for our entire forty years.
As an environmentally focused company, Nikwax is fully aware that the natural habitats of the world are crucial for vital ecosystems, an enormous array of plant and animal life, and the general beauty that such habitats give us. It is imperative to us that we do what we can to ensure these areas are protected for future generations and for the health of our planet overall.
“We recognize that climate change is going to be one of the greatest challenges for future generations,” said Nikwax founder, Nick Brown. “It is already destabilizing the outdoor industry, influencing snow and rainfall, and bringing extreme and unpredictable weather. 10 years ago, we decided to balance the carbon emissions coming from our manufacturing and operational processes by restoring forest cover in partnership with the World Land Trust. By restoring forests, the trees capture the CO2 we emit, while also providing protection for endangered species and promoting bio-diversity.”
Working in partnership with the World Land Trust (WLT), here at Nikwax we have consistently tracked and calculated our CO2 emissions, which are then offset through donations to the WLT Carbon Balanced Programme.
A benefit from this carbon balancing is that here at Nikwax we can expand our operations while limiting our overall environmental impact. This ties in greatly with our overall focus on sustainability and environmental protection, where our range of innovative products are developed for high performance but with low environmental impact.
Our 10-year process of becoming carbon balanced was a 3-step approach:
1. Measure carbon emissions produced through operations. (Click here to learn more about how we measure this.)
2. Reduce emissions through reduction, energy efficiency updates, recycling, etc.
3. Offset remaining emissions through financial contributions to the World Land Trust.
The World Land Trust’s co-founder and CEO John Burton stated, “Nikwax and Paramo’s (Nikwax’s sister company) commitment to becoming Carbon Balanced since their origins, donations to projects around the world and even supporting WLT at events such as the British Birdwatching Fair, is truly above and beyond.”
“We would like to show other companies how easy it is to take this step. If all companies balanced their operational emissions, the world would be carbon neutral,” said Nick Brown.
For more information on the World Land Trust and our carbon balancing program, please visit
the World Land Trust’s site.