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Celebrating National #GetOutsideDay

Nikwax user Carys Rees, aka @this.girlwalks, loves maps and has been a fan of Ordnance Survey (OS) for as long as she can remember, so you can imagine how thrilled she was to be brought on board by them as an OS Champion! This year, Ordnance Survey and Mountain Rescue England & Wales announced a new partnership to emphasise the importance of navigation skills and having the right equipment when enjoying days out in the hills, mountains, and countryside. As a member of the
Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team, this partnership is a particularly exciting one for Carys. Below, she tells us a little about herself, and shares her recent #GetOutsideDay interview with OS…

I have been lucky enough to have spent a lifetime hiking through the rolling hills of Wales and while there are more epic peaks to conquer, I feel most at home in the Bannau Brycheiniog. My parents always encouraged me to spend time outdoors. Growing up, my sister and I would often be found sitting up in some tree or riding our bikes. I did my Duke of Edinburgh in secondary school and still to this day, my
76-year-old father comes out with me on our favourite hike around Llyn y Fan – he’s actually quicker than me on those inclines!

Wales is a place of myth and legends, with dragons living in our hills and ladies in our lakes. I absolutely adore that there is a magical story for almost every area of the national park. Sometimes I feel more at home outdoors than I do under my own roof, and I feel a real longing for it when I’ve been away for too long. However, lets be honest, the weather isn’t always the best and so I have been using Nikwax all of my adult life to take care of my kit – one of my coats is over 20 years old and is still waterproof thanks to Nikwax! Take care of your kit and it will take care of you.

Spending time outdoors has always been incredibly important to me and I’m a huge advocate of getting out in the fresh air. I hike, wild swim, camp and paddleboard, but sometimes just going for a walk in nature has massive benefits. There have been studies which demonstrate that spending time outdoors can not only help with depression and anxiety, but also lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and asthma. 

This year’s National #GetOutsideDay lands on Sunday 24th September so I thought I would speak to Helen from OS to find out what it’s all about!

What is Get Outside Day and why did OS set it up?
National #GetOutside Day is a celebration of the great outdoors: a day to come together and showcase that people of all ages, background and abilities can get outside. ​

It’s a day for the industry to join forces; providing inspiration for getting outside and showcasing that everyone can enjoy outdoor activities, especially those that struggle through lack of connection, access or skills. We believe the outdoors should be accessible to all.

We (Ordnance Survey) set it up to help get the nation outside and enjoying the physical, mental and social benefits the outdoors has to offer. It’s tied to our mission “to encourage more people to get outside more often”, which continues to sit at the heart of what we do today.

When did it launch and how has it grown over the years?
​National #GetOutside Day was launched in 2017 and has grown to become a well-known autumn campaign that sees the outdoor industry come together with one clear goal. Over the years, more organisations have got involved to support the campaign – and not just those in the outdoor industry! National #GetOutside day has become an unmissable event in many people’s calendars and a chance to rally up their nearest and dearest for a great day out.

Why is it important to spend time outdoors? 
Getting a regular dose of fresh air does wonders for our physical, social and mental wellbeing. Being outdoors lowers stress levels, improves mental health, and increases levels of serotonin, dopamine, endorphins and oxytocin. A recent report* found that walking just 5,000 steps a day can bring noticeable changes to our physical health and improve life expectancy. Outdoor activities also connect people socially and help form lasting memories and friendships.

Where can people can find inspiration of things to do on Get Outside Day?
Our #GetOutside website has a huge bank of outdoor articles to help people plan their next adventure. Our activity guides provide ideas and inspiration on what to do and where to go as well as information to help people brush up on their outdoor skills, safety and navigation.

Do you have any ambassadors / celebrities taking part?
Our OS Champions continue to be our biggest advocates of the great outdoors. They come from all walks of life and have an unrivalled passion for the outdoors. We have paddleboarders, horse riders, wild campers, dog walkers, family adventurers and more! They’ll be sharing their precious places and outdoor activities for others to enjoy too.  

For more information on National #GetOutside Day, visit os.uk/getoutsideday

For more information on Nikwax aftercare products, visit nikwax.com

*https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-66440424

 

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How to extend the life of your waxed cotton jacket

Waxed Cotton jackets are known for being incredibly durable and having that ‘timeless’ style. Although they are primarily synonymous with country pursuits, the waxed cotton jacket is also now in use across town and country lifestyles because of its versatility.

Whether you already own one or are looking to purchase your first to add to your outdoor kit, it is essential that you know how to maintain it. After all, nothing lasts forever without love and attention!

Firstly, never wash your waxed cotton jacket in the washing machine or dry it in a tumble dryer – both methods can cause irreversible damage to the waxed coating that gives you the protection you need.

Clean and Proof with Nikwax

Our easy-to-use aftercare is the effective way to  keep your waxed cotton jacket waterproof and in great condition, so you stay dry and comfortable time and again. A clean with Tech Wash®, followed by a proof with Wax Cotton Proof will ensure your jacket stays as good as new.

Just see how simple it is….

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Introduction to PFCs

Nikwax is committed to maximising enjoyment of the great outdoors with minimal environmental impact, which is why we have never used harmful chemicals in our water-based products. Since we were founded by Nick Brown in 1977, we have always championed a culture of transparency and public scrutiny around PFCs – long before they were on the world’s safety radar. In this month’s blog we delve into what these toxic fluorocarbons are, and why we should all be concerned with them.

What are PFCs?
PFCs is the name given to the broad family of products called perfluorinated compounds: man-made substances containing linked carbon and fluorine atoms (they are also called PFAS, which stands for polyfluoroalkyl substances). The chemical bond between carbon and fluorine is one of the strongest in organic chemistry, making it very attractive for use within different industries. PFCs can appear in all sorts of products – from carpets and clothing, to food packaging and personal care products, and firefighting foams. They are excellent at repelling oils and water and have been used extensively on non-stick pans for example, and on outdoor apparel as a durable water repellent coating.

Why are PFCs so problematic?
Despite their many useful applications, it is precisely their (chemical) repelling properties that make PFCs so hazardous. The strong bond between carbon and fluorine is persistent and can take thousands of years to break down – if it even breaks down at all. As a result, PFCs are often nicknamed ‘forever chemicals’. These forever chemicals are demonstrably harmful to the environment and our own health, which is why Nikwax, as an outdoor brand, has never included them in our cleaning and waterproofing products.

Literally thousands of substances fall under the PFC banner, leaking into the environment via industry air emissions and wastewater discharge, as well as via treated home goods that enter landfill. Some PFCs can also travel easily through soil and water, increasing the risk of groundwater contamination. As they take so long to break down, over time the amount of PFCs in the environment will increase and bioaccumulate (build up) in crops and livestock, which means humans are also at risk of ingesting them. In the UK, the Environment Agency* has found extensive evidence of PFCs in groundwaters, rivers and coastal waters, which has led to widespread contamination of our freshwater and marine life. Early evidence even suggests it can damage the human immune system and impact fertility and you can learn more about this by taking a look at the PFC page on our website here.

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How is Nikwax helping to make a difference?
Quite clearly, we all need to be mindful of the choices we make. Over 45 years ago, we chose to prioritise clean chemistry over quick-win PFCs, ensuring our aftercare products are always safe for use in the home, and are always safe for the environment:

·        They are PFC-free

·        They are water-based and degrade into harmless compounds

·        They do not use aerosol propellants, which contain Greenhouses gases

Since 1977 we have been world leaders in the provision of high performance yet low impact cleaning and waterproofing products for outdoor gear, and we are committed to their safety for many more years to come.

*Source; EA report: Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS): sources, pathways and environmental data Chief Scientist’s Group report August 2021 chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1012230/Poly-_and_perfluoroalkyl_substances_-sources_pathways_and_environmental_data_-_report.pdf

 

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Nikwax and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: The Perfect Outdoor Partnership

For the last 12 years, Nikwax and the Duke of Edinburgh Award’s (DofE) have joined forces to help many hundreds of thousands of participants stay comfortable and dry on their DofE expeditions. Not only that, but every purchase of Nikwax products fuels the charity’s mission by funding the next generation of DofE participants – empowering them to push boundaries, acquire lifelong skills, and discover newfound confidence. This remarkable partnership is forging a path for the responsible and eco-conscious explorers of tomorrow!

The DofE: Empowering Young Adventurers
Founded in 1956, by the late Prince Philip, the DofE Award has since expanded to more than 140 countries.  Designed to inspire and challenge young people, this programme offers a great opportunity to develop new skills, take participants out of their comfort zone and reach their full potential through a series of outdoor and community-based activities.  With diversity in mind, the programme is made up of four core components: volunteering, physical fitness, skills development, and adventurous expeditions.  The end result not only being a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award, but also valuable life skills and a deeper appreciation of nature and the great outdoors!

More recently, the DofE has embarked on ‘Youth Without Limits’, a powerful new strategy which champions inclusivity and accessibility for all.  It reaches out to those who may be marginalised in society or held back by disabilities – the programme means DofE can be available to everybody.

Nikwax: Protecting Nature, Preserving Adventure
Nikwax have been proud to play a part on the DofE journey.  Producing high-quality and environmentally friendly waterproofing and cleaning products for outdoor clothing and gear, it makes us a perfect partner for the DofE. 

Our products are designed to extend the life of your outdoor gear, keeping it performing as new for the long haul.  With reliable waterproofing, your gear remains protected and comfortable even in unpredictable weather. Additionally, by not having to purchase new items every year, you can reduce waste and save money, bonus!

The combination of our product range and longevity of our DofE partnership means together we are able to endure the most challenging adventures.

Nikwax and the DofE
We share common goals through our collaboration.  As well as nurturing a generation of responsible adventurers, Nikwax is committed to protecting the environment with use of recycled plastics, reducing and off-setting carbon emissions, as well as supporting environmental and social causes by donating 1% of our sales to charity.

Our partnership reinforces responsible exploration and environmental stewardship, demonstrating the importance of taking care of our wild isles with young adventurers witnessing first-hand the importance of preserving natural spaces for future generations. 

The future is in their hands
Together, the DofE and Nikwax empower young adventurers to embark on a journey of personal growth, leadership, and environmental stewardship.  Our planet can only benefit from a new generation of eco-conscious and adventure-driven explorers.

Viva the outdoors and all it has to offer!

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How to keep sports kit as good as new!

You’ve invested in new base layers and sports shoes to help you reach peak performance whether running or cycling, or spending time at the gym. Why is it then after just a few activity sessions your gear is smelling bad, even though you only recently washed it?

The answer is simple – you have not been using appropriate aftercare!

Standard detergent and fabric conditioner will not care for your gear effectively. If you wash your technical clothing and base layers ‘normally’ then the products you use will impair their wicking capabilities. Why? Because they will prevent your sweat spreading across the fabric and drying quickly, whilst also causing body oils to build-up and encourage bacterial growth, which is what causes the smell.

The same applies to footwear – tempted as you may be to put sports shoes in the washing machine, please don’t! Their breathability will be reduced and your standard detergents will prevent moisture from being directed out, resulting in damp and stinky footwear which, over time, might even start to fall apart due to degradation.

Nikwax is the reliable, and cost-effective, means to keep your gear in prime condition – sports kit will last longer and save you money…

How do you use it? Very easily is the answer!

Watch our quick videos to see how our market-leading products will enhance the performance of your kit – without breaking the bank – ensuring you stay fresher and drier for longer.

BaseWash® – the high performance cleaner for all synthetic base layers

Sandal & Sports Shoe Wash – the ultimate deodorising cleaner for all non-waterproof footwear

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Why we need to keep global temperature increases within 1.5°C.

In last month’s blog we covered some of the basic principles around climate change and what causes global warming. Today, we hear a lot about keeping global temperature increases within 1.5°C, and
so, in this blog we are looking at the significance of 1.5°C, why we started talking about it, and why it’s so important.

In 2015, the Paris Agreement was signed at COP21, a global UN climate conference that is held every 2 years. The agreement is a legally binding treaty that aims ‘to hold “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels” and pursue efforts “to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels’. However, because of findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), there has been a greater emphasis on keeping temperatures at or below 1.5°C of warming.

The IPCC is composed of global climate experts and scientists who deliver reports to the UN on climate change; they are charged with looking at the causes and effects of climate change, as well as the reduction solutions that will have the greatest impact. A lot of our current understanding of climate change comes from the IPCC’s reports.

Why the emphasis on pre-industrial levels?
Before the industrial revolution, though greenhouse gases (GHGs) were present in the atmosphere, they remained relatively low, due to Earth’s biocapacity (our planet’s ability to absorb and generate ecological resources). It was during the industrial boom (1850-1900) that GHG emissions began to steadily rise and, as industry increased, so did GHGs.  Once these levels became too high, they remained in our atmosphere because this exceeded the Earth’s ability to reabsorb and recapture the emissions. Global temperature rises are therefore measured against this pre-industrial period, as a gauge of how much the Earth is warming and exceeding its biocapacity, because of human activity.

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It’s helpful to think of it like a budget; every year the Earth has a ‘budget’ in which the carbon and GHGs we emit can be regulated and removed from the atmosphere by natural resources, such as rainforests and the oceans. Once we’ve used up our budget, these GHGs remain in our atmosphere, warming the planet. It’s at this point that our ecological footprint exceeds the planet’s biocapacity and is often referred to as ‘Earth Overshoot Day’. In the early 1970s, this fell towards the end of the year, in late December. This year ‘Overshoot Day’ will fall on the 2nd August, meaning we are using the natural resources equivalent to 1.75 Earths.

Why 1.5°C?
To avoid climate disaster, the IPCC recommends limiting warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. 1.5°C doesn’t seem like a big increase, especially as we see fluctuations in local temperatures much higher than this day-to-day. However, as the overall temperature of our planet shifts, we can quite quickly see some changes that vary significantly for different regions and communities. For example, a 1.5°C increase globally might mean more extreme monsoon seasons in one region and extreme drought in another. Currently, we are at 1.1°C of warming against pre-industrial levels and we are already seeing the effects of this via hotter days, droughts, flooding, wildfires, and warmer and more acidic oceans.

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As it currently stands, if we were to take an optimistic approach and assume that those who have set Net Zero targets meet them, we would hit 1.8°C of warming.  

So, it’s clear that that we have a lot of work to do, and both governments and organisations alike are setting ambitious targets.

What is Nikwax doing to help?
At Nikwax, we have pledged to reduce our scope 1 and 2 emissions by 30% by 2025. We have submitted our reduction targets to the Science Based Targets Initiative for validation, to ensure that we reducing our impact in line with the 1.5°C pathway.

To help promote the Earth’s natural resources and increase its biocapacity, we have worked with the World Land Trust since 2007 through its Carbon Balanced programme and Action Fund. We have helped to fund projects that protect and expand essential carbon sinks and biodiversity hotspots in both South America and Southeast Asia.

 

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How Nikwax keeps your feet feeling fresh in walking boots, sports shoes and sandals

July is officially sticky season, with time spent outdoors in the sunshine resulting in sweaty, smelly feet. Throw some walking boots into the mix and keeping your feet feeling fresh and comfortable on the tracks and trails presents even more of a challenge. Our water-based, PFC-free cleaning and waterproofing products have been developed to help maintain the breathability and longevity of your footwear, whether you walk in boots, trainers or sandals.

 STEP 1 – CLEANING
Whatever footwear you choose for your outdoor adventures this summer, by keeping them clean, you’ll be one step closer to having fresh, comfortable feet…

Footwear Cleaning Gel
Walking boots and shoes naturally gather dirt and contaminants through use, which, unfortunately, impair their ability to repel water and breathe. Keeping your waterproof footwear clean, therefore, is paramount to stopping your feet feeling clammy and uncomfortable.  Footwear Cleaning Gel not only cleans very effectively, but it also revitalises the Durable Water Repellency (DWR) – causing water to bead up and roll off your footwear – and maintains breathability.  Read more here.

Sandal & Sports Shoe Wash
Trainers and sandals are particularly unforgiving when the weather is hot and sunny. Over time, their contact with your bare feet or sweaty socks leads to a build-up of dirt, sweat and body oils, which in turn leads to bacterial growth and bad odours! Sandal & Sports Shoe Wash is a highly effective cleaner and deodoriser for non-waterproof footwear, including insoles and footbeds. Repeat-use will keep your feet feeling fresh and comfortable in the height of summer. Read more here.

STEP 2 – PROOFING

When cleaning alone no longer does the job, it’s time to re-proof your footwear. Whatever your boot or shoe type, we have the product for the job…

Leather walking boots/shoes
Whilst leather footwear is hardwearing, breathable and provides a high level of support, without regular maintenance its breathability is reduced – particularly if your boots become wet. As summer downpours can often catch us by surprise, it is vital to be ready for all weather eventualities! Waterproofing Wax for Leather not only revitalises the breathability of leather footwear and maintains its suppleness, but it also provides instant waterproofing. Read more here.

Fabric & leather walking boots/shoes
As with leather-only footwear, boots and shoes made from more than one material require specialist treatment to keep them performing at their best. Clammy, uncomfortable feet can be easily avoided if you regularly treat your combination footwear with Fabric & Leather Proof. It leaves a flexible, water repellent treatment on the individual fibres of the fabric and leather whilst allowing moisture vapour to pass through, maintaining breathability. Read more here.

Nubuck & suede walking boots/shoes
Nubuck and suede leathers are softer and fuzzier than traditional smooth leathers and should be protected with a product that is gentle as well as robust. Nubuck & Suede Proof has been specifically designed and optimised for these more delicate materials, providing reliable DWR and improving breathability without compromising their special textures. Read more here.

Don’t just take it from us that our products are the best in the business, read what footwear giants Merrell®, Anatom® and KEEN® have to say about Nikwax…

Merrell works with Nikwax because the global #1 outdoor footwear brand wants to work with the global #1 footwear aftercare brand! Caring for your shoes ensures they will continue to perform as well as they did fresh out of the box. Plus, Nikwax’s environmental approach, carbon offset and fully recyclable packaging is something the whole industry can aspire to.”

“At Anatom, we see waterproofness, breathability, and aftercare as a concentric circle. Without aftercare, the waterproofness and breathability of footwear suffers greatly. We have worked with Nikwax from day one because they are a company who share the same values as we do in terms of the environment, and our impact on it. We also appreciate the fact Nikwax is water-based, which makes it very easy to use! Their footwear cleaning, conditioning and proofing products are the best in the world and that is why we promote Nikwax to all our new customers and established users.”

KEEN is a leader in the footwear industry and we recommend treating your shoes with an environmentally safe waterproofing product like Nikwax to keep them protected and stain-free.”

 

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What is Climate Change?

Nikwax has championed environmental action since the brand’s inception in 1977. Our founder, Nick Brown, committed from day one to the production of high performance, low impact waterproofing products – decades before the terms ‘global warming’ and ‘carbon footprint’ became part of the public discussion. 46 years on, Nikwax is globally respected for its environmentally friendly products and sustainable practices, and we’re excited to share with you our climate achievements and goals in forthcoming newsletters and blogs.

To kick things off, we’re going back to basics and talking about what climate change actually is. Put simply, it refers to large-scale, long-term shifts in our planet’s weather patterns and temperatures. The world is warming faster now than at any point in recorded history and we are all feeling its effects – hotter summers, warmer winters, wildfires, flooding, and droughts can all be attributed to climate change. Unsurprisingly, human activities are its main drivers, and companies and individuals must act immediately to help make a difference by reducing their carbon emissions.

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Climate change vernacular peppers the media and our conversations, but what does it all mean? There are several key terms everyone should be aware of to understand the basic science and political sphere of global warming:

GHGs: Greenhouse Gases are gases in Earth’s atmosphere that trap heat, slowly increasing the temperature over time. They let sunlight pass through the atmosphere, yet prevent the sun’s heat from leaving it. Common greenhouse gases are water vapour, carbon dioxide, methane, ozone, nitrous oxide and chlorofluorocarbons (man-made chemicals). GHGs themselves are not inherently bad; without them in the atmosphere Earth would be extremely cold, however due to human activity the levels of GHGs in the atmosphere have increased to an unsustainable amount.

Emissions: Greenhouse gases, such as those listed above, released into the air that are produced by activities including the burning of fossil fuels, industrial agriculture and melting permafrost. Categorising emissions into scopes is a key part of corporate carbon management and reporting:

  • GHG Scope 1 Emissions: direct emissions from company-owned and controlled resources.
  • GHG Scope 2 Emissions: indirect emissions released into the atmosphere from the consumption of purchased electricity, steam, heat and cooling.
  • GHG Scope 3 Emissions: other indirect emissions linked to a company’s operations such as business travel, employee commuting, waste generated, purchased goods and services, transportation and distribution.

Carbon Dioxide: The primary greenhouse gas and driver of climate change. Human activities are severely impacting the carbon cycle by burning fossil fuels and pumping more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and by reducing the ability of natural sinks such as the ocean, soil and forests, to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Methane: Though produced in smaller amounts, the warming potential of methane is significantly higher than that of CO2 (up to 34 x). Fossil fuels (in particular, natural gas) are the main contributors of methane followed by agriculture. This is important because many fossil fuel companies will market natural gas as a more sustainable fuel as it emits less CO2, but fail to mention the impact of methane.

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Fossil Fuels: Sources of non-renewable energy formed from the remains of living organisms buried millions of years ago. Burning fossil fuels such as gas, coal and oil to produce energy is where most greenhouse gases originate – as the demand for energy has grown, we’ve burned more fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are also used to make many materials and products, including plastic.

Greenwashing: When a company makes an environmental claim about something they are doing that is intended to promote a sense of environmental impact, but which doesn’t really exist. The green claim is typically about some form of positive effect on the environment, and industry giants Shell, Respol, and Petronas have recently had adverts banned by the Advertising Standards Authority for their misleading messaging, which promoted “green” offers and plans such as renewable energy and net zero goals without any mention of their larger polluting operations.

Renewable Energy: This derives from Earth’s naturally replenished resources, including sunlight, wind, waves and geothermal heat. Switching from fossil fuels to renewables to power our lives will put us on the path to a safe, sustainable planet for future generations.

Of course, climate change lexicon extends well beyond the above but, familiarising yourself with these basic terms is a good starting point for understanding what our planet is facing and how things need to change.

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In over four decades of business, Nikwax has worked hard to reduce its environmental impact and has promoted a culture of transparency and public scrutiny in the global warming arena. We also believe consumers should have a healthy scepticism when it comes to companies’ environmental claims (see greenwashing example above), which is why we share our performance data online.

Our commitment to the health of our planet is firmer than ever and you can now look forward to monthly updates on our conservation, sustainability, campaigning and education plans and achievements.

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Camp happy under canvas this summer with Nikwax Cotton Proof

Now the camping season is underway, with (finally) longer, warmer and drier days, if you haven’t already, it’s time to dust off your tent and prepare it for a summer of cool boxes and campfires…

Nikwax are masters in the art of caring for camping kit and our Tent & Gear waterproofing products clean and protect synthetic tents the world over. 

However, did you know we also cater for cotton canvas tents? Whilst they come with a higher price tag (and weight) than traditional synthetic tents, the benefits of canvas tents are vast, with people choosing them for their sustainability, weather reliance, spaciousness, strength, and breathability.  In fact, circular canvas shelters have existed in various forms for hundreds of years!

Despite their inherent durability, like all wet weather fabrics, cotton canvas tents still need to be cared for if they are to keep performing at their best and keeping you warm, dry, and comfortable. Nikwax Cotton Proof is the ultimate waterproofing product for tents, gazebos, awnings and hammocks, and is extremely easy to use by hand. The result? Fabric durability, breathability and waterproofness are all enhanced, improving the quality of your camping trip.

To clean your tent and protect it from the degrading effects of UV exposure, follow these three very easy steps:

PITCH

Trust us when we say that cleaning and proofing a cotton canvas tent that is flat on the ground is a palaver! To do the job quickly and properly, we highly recommend you pitch your tent first. This will also help you identify any areas for repair.

CLEAN

Spray Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarWash® evenly over the outside of the cotton canvas fabric and rub it in well (a cloth or sponge will do the trick) before rinsing it with clean water. This will not only clean, but also add UV protection to your tent, preventing UV deagradation and extending the life of the fabric.

PROOF

Whilst the fabric is still wet, mix Nikwax Cotton Proof with water (1 part product to 9 parts water) and apply the liquid evenly to the outside of your tent with a sponge or brush. After a couple of minutes remove any surplus product and allow your tent to dry completely before packing it away. Job done! 

Check out our ‘how to’ video for a visual guide…

To celebrate National Camping Month, we’ve teamed up with tree tent brand Tentsile® to offer Nikwax subscribers 10% off all orders over £200 at www.tentsile.com. With a huge range of tree tents, hammocks, and accessories to choose from, your camping holiday could be about to get a lot more fun!  Use code Nikwax10 when placing your order online.

 

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Top Camping Tips for your Summer Staycation

Sometimes you just need to be outside – enjoying nature, the peace and quiet, and time away from your everyday routine. If you are planning an affordable, summer camping staycation this year, read up on our top tips to ensure it is everything you need it to be…

PLAN AHEAD
Finding the location that is right for you is crucial; whether you yearn for peace and quiet, family fun, the wild outdoors, or campsites with firepits and frills, then researching in advance will ensure you can find the best spot to pitch up.

Note down your top 5 essentials and after some research online you will be well on your way to locating the best spot to sleep under the stars.

WILD CAMPING
Recently, wild camping has been in the headlines with the ongoing discussion over Dartmoor National Park. Recently, the High Court declared that it is illegal to wild camp on Dartmoor Commons, mirroring other national parks in England and Wales.  Currently, Dartmoor National Park are looking to appeal this decision, but they have secured a permissive camping system – learn more here

Don’t think that you can pitch up your tent anywhere you please – if you have found a good location then either check in with the landowner or look online to see whether camping is allowed.

Be sure to respect your surroundings and Leave No Trace – the outdoors should be left as pristine as you found it (for both wildlife and other outdoor enthusiasts).

CHECK YOUR GEAR
How long has it been since you last used your tent? Don’t just pack it in the car and hope for the best upon arrival! Check before you go that you have all the tent pegs and poles and check your equipment to ensure it isn’t still dirty from its last use – this could hamper protection from the rain for one thing! If it needs a clean, use Tent & Gear SolarWash® and Tent & Gear SolarProof® to keep it in prime condition. You can buy our Camping Care Kit here and save 15% this month!

KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEATHER
We all know that weather in the UK is changeable. Even on the most glorious of days, we can be hit unexpectedly with a thunderstorm or downpour out of nowhere. You should be prepared for anything when living life outdoors, so be sure to have your waterproofs to hand, plus some entertainment to keep yourself (and the children) amused should it rain and you are confined to your tent… If your waterproofs have not been cleaned in a while, then ensure they are ready for your trip by cleaning with Tech Wash® and re-proofing with TX.Direct® – you don’t want to end up cold and wet if you get caught in the rain.

PACK THE ESSENTIALS
Remember key items of kit! A torch for when you need to navigate to the toilets in the dark of night; bin bags to ensure you take all your rubbish away when you pack up; a first aid kit in case of any scrapes or bumps; camping chairs to relax comfortably outside of your tent; cutlery and cooking utensils when cooking over your campfire; wet wipes for easy cleaning; sunscreen and insect repellent; and, a mallet to help get tent pegs into hard ground, are some of the key pieces we recommend.

 SWITCH OFF
We all spend a lot of time on our phones and laptops, connected to a digital world where hours can just fly by…. Take the time to put your devices down and just enjoy the simple power of nature. Stop and listen to the birds singing, get up early to watch the sunrise whilst other campers sleep, take long walks to explore your surroundings… Quite simply, take time to yourself – being outside is so beneficial for our physical and mental wellbeing!