Waterproofing Products Tested for Dangerous Fluorochemicals

Nikwax waterproofing products contain zero levels of perfluoroctyl materials, as confirmed in a study conducted by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation. Perfluoroctyl materials are persistent in human tissue and associated with birth defects.

Seattle, Wash. (October 29, 2007) - The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) recently tested waterproofing products for waterproof clothing, looking for perfluoroctyl content. Perfluoroctyl-based fluorocarbon water repellents biodegrade over time to PFOA, which is persistent in human tissue, and has a half-life of eight years. PFOA at even very low levels has been associated with birth defects in tests with rats. All human beings now have this chemical in their blood.

Nikwax waterproofing products were the only products included in the test that were shown to contain zero levels of these chemicals.

Fluorocarbons May Be Dangerous to Unborn Children. Recent research in both the USA and Denmark has linked head dimension of newborn babies to the amount of a perfluoroctyl material, PFOA, found in their umbilical cords. In other words, even extremely low levels of PFOA may negatively affect human growth. As a result of the Swedish report, responsible Swedish Outdoor retailers have removed fluorocarbon-based waterproofing products from their shelves.

Nikwax Offers a Safer Alternative.
Nick Brown, Nikwax founder, said “we have avoided fluorochemicals in our products because we are committed to the well-being of our consumers and our employees. We do not consider a home environment to be a safe place to be handling these chemicals.”

For more information on the SSNC study, please visit: http://www.snf.se/verksamhet/konsument/hmv-impreg.htm

About the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, SSNC, is Sweden's biggest nature conservation and environmental organization. They actively work to promote the use of safe-working practices and advise on a wide range of environmental issues.

About Nikwax
Nikwax, founded in 1978, is the global leader in environmentally safe, aftercare waterproofing solutions for extending the life and performance of technical footwear, outerwear and equipment. Nikwax is committed to environmental responsibility.


Nikwax Creates New Waterproofing for Polar Fleece

MEDIA INFORMATION: Verde PR & Consulting Aubrey Volger aubrey@verdepr.com 970.946.2209 Seattle, Wash. (January 23, 2013) – Nikwax has launched a new, reformulated, concentrated Polar Proof waterproofing for fleece. As the global leader in aftercare products for outdoor gear, ...read more

Nikwax Supports Regional “Tents for Haiti” Project

Media Contact:Verde PRBrook Suttonbrook@verdepr.com970.259.3555 Seattle, Wash. (May 10, 2010) – Nikwax is sending a supply of cleaning and waterproofing products to the “Tents for Haiti,” Eagle Scout project. Based in Fort Collins, Colo., ‘Tents for Haiti' is soliciting ...read more

Nikwax Releases Corporate Social Responsibility Report

MEDIA CONTACT:Verde PR & ConsultingBrook Sutton970.259.3555brook@verdepr.com Seattle, Wash. (April 13, 2010) – Nikwax, the leading manufacturer of aftermarket care products for apparel, footwear and gear, has released an updated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report. ...read more

Hanson Group to Rep Nikwax in Central US

Media Contact:Verde PRBrook Suttonbrook@verdepr.com970.259.3555 SEATTLE, Wash. (April 22, 2010) – Nikwax is proud to welcome the Hanson Group to represent the brand in the central U.S. Covering all thirteen states in the Upper Midwest and South Central territories, the Hanson ...read more

Nikwax Sponsors Romp to Stomp to Find a Cure

Media Contact:Verde PRBrook Suttonbrook@verdepr.com970.259.3555 Seattle, Wash. – Nikwax N.A. is a proud sponsor of the Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series®. Romp to Stomp is a series of five, nationwide snowshoe events, benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the ...read more

Nikwax Hosts Happy Hour at Outdoor Retailer to Benefit the Bellwether

Seattle, Wash.- Join Nikwax for a beer at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market for an opportunity to get sweet deals on outdoor gear and support the research of climate change in high alpine environments.  To generate awareness of and increase its Bellwether Grant Fund, Nikwax will ...read more

Nikwax Relaunches Vendor Partner Program

Nikwax, the overwhelming market leader in performance gear aftercare, announces a relaunch of its successful Vendor Partner Program for 2007.The Nikwax Vendor Partner Program has been relaunched in order to provide more value to Partners, specifically with proactive PR support ...read more

Nikwax Goes Carbon Neutral with the World Land Trust

Seattle, Wash. (October 15, 2007) – Nikwax proudly announces a plan for carbon neutrality that addresses not only the present, but also the past and the future. By establishing this model for corporate responsibility efforts, Nikwax is taking their environmental commitment to ...read more

Nikwax Signs With Adrenaline Sports in Southeast

Media Contact:Verde PR & ConsultingBrook Suttonbrook@verdepr.com970.259.3555 SEATTLE, Wash. (February 23, 2010) - Nikwax N.A. has welcomed the Adrenaline Sports Marketing team to its sales force in the Southeast. Adrenaline offers comprehensive sales and service support to ...read more