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Green chemistry wins 4th Queen's Award for Nikwax
leaders in PFC free waterproofing, innovation and sustainability
Nikwax, global leaders in high performance, environmentally friendly waterproofing solutions, has become the first outdoor brand ever to have received a Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development. The award is the UK’s highest accolade for business success and is testament to Nikwax's clean waterproofing technology and their endeavour to promote sustainable practice.
Also voted number one by users in four recent outdoor industry awards, Nikwax clearly leads in both ease of use and durable performance. Breathable jackets can be waterproofed in the washing machine at home, using Nikwax TX.Direct in place of normal detergent. There is no need for heat activation - unlike the many treatments on the market that containharmful perfluorinated compounds (PFCs).
Nikwax has been keeping people dry and comfortable in the outdoors since 1977, when the company was founded by current Managing Director, Nick Brown. Led by Nick’s vision to protect our beautiful outdoor surroundings, the company has always identified environmental and social responsibility as a priority.
Nick comments: “We must stop to think about the fuel we burn to arrive at our walk, the energy and materials consumed in the clothing that protect us from the elements, and even the wear on the pathway. We may be destroying the very hills that we care so much about. Restoring the waterproofing of your outdoor clothing is in itself a sustainable act; using far less energy and money than replacing equipment, and for us, it all counts.”
Gift Your Gear - Help the next generation get outdoors
Give your unwanted outdoor gear a new lease of life. Gift Your Gear, an award winning nationwide initiative asks us all to look around our wardrobes, attics and garages for any unwanted outdoor clothes.
Gift Your Gear enables unwanted outdoor gear to be used by organisations encouraging the next generation, especially youngsters, to get outdoors.
Children and young people need to get outdoors for their physical, and emotional well-being.
Lifeventure introduces its new Ellipse Cookware collection
Put eating outdoors back on the menu this season as Lifeventure unveils its exciting new range of Ellipse Cookware. Perfect for all types of camping, travel and outdoor pursuits this summer, the cookware is Lifeventure’s first collection made from lightweight and durable plastic. Available in blue, purple, green or graphite, the coordinated Ellipse range has been approved by the experts and is also part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award list.
Flying start to 2014 for EOCA!
Following its 39% growth in membership in 2013, The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) Is delighted to start 2014 in a similar fashion! Three new members joined the association on 1st January, all commited to help fund vital conservation of outdoor spaces around the world.
High Sierra has joined EOCA as it launches into the European Outdoor market, thereby working with like--‐ minded organisations for the benefit of the environments its customers explore. EOCA was delighted to welcome Nikwax Benelux as its first distributor member, demonstating that membership is open and relevant to all connected to the European Outdoor industry. Northshots Photography has become the first photography company to join as well, expanding yet further the efforts they take to give back to conservation.
Emma Blyth from Northshots Photography explained that ‘We believe in delivering a first class service which also takes account of our social and environmental responsibilities. Membership of EOCA will allow us to fulfil part of this obligation by putting funds directly back into conservation projects’.
Catherine Savidge, Joint General Manager of EOCA said ‘We are delighted to welcome 3 new members to the association already this year. Each new member means more money for conservation. Already, due to the growth in membership we have recently experienced, we are planning to spend over €200,000 on conservation projects this year alone, which brings our target of having spent our second million Euros ever closer.’
Sleep well with Mammut: down and synthetic sleeping bags
Sleepless nights in the great outdoors are a thing of the past thanks to Mammut’s range of sleeping bags. A combination of expertise, design, soft materials and quality filling will ensure that, wherever you are and whatever you are doing, there is a bag to keep you feeling warm and comfy this winter – even in the coldest places.
Mammut offers high-quality, extremely robust and durable expedition sleeping bags.
Aquapac launches 100% waterproof Toccoa™ Daysacks
Aquapac’s new 100% waterproof Toccoa™ Daysacks are part of the company’s new TrailProof range for those who simply want to pack and go and require tough and uncompromising protection for their gear.
The new Toccoa™ Daysacks are 28 litre packs made from tough 500D Vinyl which will resist scrapes and abrasions while on the trail. The all-welded construction seals out any water and these lightweight yet durable daysacks work on the Aquapac roll down seal principle (tested by Imperial College of London and certified to a minimum of IPX6) which makes them as waterproof as you can get without total immersion and can cope in the most torrential weather.
Coleman expands its lighting collection with a new range of high-performance headlamps
Don't let the dark nights put a stop to your outdoor adventures this winter. Building on over 100 years of outdoor-lighting expertise, Coleman introduces a new range of practical head torches including the ultra-bright CHT15 Headlamp. With an output of 150 lumens and multiple lighting modes, the practical and versatile head torch will be the ultimate companion while trekking or camping this winter.