Nikwax® was founded in 1977 by Nick Brown, a keen mountain walker, and traveler, who designed his own product, a waterproofing wax, to keep his leather mountain boots dry. Subsequently, Nikwax has become the global leader in environmentally safe aftercare and waterproofing solutions that extend the life and performance of technical footwear, clothing, and equipment. Nikwax care products are distributed to 50 countries. Nikwax® is the only major aftercare company to have never used aerosols or fluorocarbons. Nikwax products are all fluorochemical-free, use advanced elastomer technology, are not tested on animals, and are non-persistent in the environment. Nikwax has received numerous awards including the prestigious Queen’s Award (4x), Sunday Times Best Green Award (3x), and the Green Apple Award (x2), and is ISO 9001 and 14001 certified. International trade accolades include several OutDoor Industry Awards (x3) with the most recent being for Nikwax BaseFresh in the Sustainable Innovations category. In 2014 Nikwax won the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development, one of only 13 UK companies to receive this pinnacle award for sustainable business, and the only Outdoor company to have ever received the award.