YKK will showcase its latest collection of sustainable trims at the 2019 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, to be held June 18 – 20, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The collection includes NATULON® zipper made from recycled plastic bottles.
These NATULON® zippers are resource-conserving, recycling-oriented products made from PET bottles, old fiber and other polyester remnants. 10,000 NATULON® zippers of 60 cm length recycle approximately 3,600 plastic bottles (29 g/bottle). The materially recycled zippers are bluesign® certified The collection also includes the GreenRise™ zipper, made from plant-based plastic, which contributes to the prevention of global warming by reducing fossil resource consumption.
Also included in the collection are environmentally friendly snaps and buttons using a new finishing process that reduces thermal energy, water usage, and toxic chemicals and waste.
YKK continues to reduce carbon emissions in its manufacturing processes, including those that are directly due to manufacturing (Scope 1), indirectly from factory energy consumption (Scope 2), and from material procurement and transportation (Scope 3).
At YKK Bangladesh Pte. Ltd., a hybrid power generation system that combines solar power and diesel power generation was introduced in 2016, which has reduced fuel use by 90,000 liters and carbon emissions by 265 tons per year.
As a result of such initiatives, globally YKK has reduced carbon emissions by 8.9 per cent (estimated) in FY2018 compared to FY2013.