Japan-based YKK Corp. recently introduced the GreenRise™ zipper, which is made using plant-based plastic made from molasses instead of polyester made using conventional fossil fuels. This approach reduces fossil fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions in the product cycle. The GreenRise zipper is part of a collection of sustainable trims offered by YKK. The line features environmentally friendly snaps; buttons produced using a finishing process that reduce thermal energy, waste, water use and toxic chemicals use; and the NATULON® zipper that features recycled polyester made from bottles, old fiber and other polyester remanants. The company estimates that 10,000 60-centimeter-long Natulon zippers require 3,600 recycled plastic bottles.
The YKK Group also recently release its Environmental Vision for 2050 titled, “Towards a brighter future for nature and humanity.” The vision, which goes into effect in April 2021, defines the long-term direction for the company’s environmental initiatives.