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YKK unveils new zippers collection made from ocean bound plastic

YKK has launched a new Natulon ocean sourced collection of zippers made from ocean bound plastic. The premium collection of zippers is made from plastic waste that has been collected within 50 kilometres of the coastline of Sri Lanka. YKK is Japan’s leading manufacturer of zippers. Natulon ocean sourced collection will debut at ISPO Munich from January 26-29, 2020 in Munich, Germany, and at the Outdoor Retailer + Snow show from January 29-31, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. The zippers will be available for purchase in Spring 2020, the company said in a press release.

Indistinguishable from zippers made of virgin polyester, Natulon ocean sourced offers the same strength, durability, and functionality as conventional zippers. At the same time, Natulon ocean sourced is helping YKK achieve its goal of further reducing carbon emissions in its manufacturing processes. Globally, YKK has achieved an 8 per cent reduction in carbon emissions since 2013 at its production sites.

YKK’s collection of sustainable trims is aimed at reducing carbon emissions, toxic chemicals, and water use. In addition to Natulon ocean sourced, the collection features the GreenRise zipper, the first in the industry to use plant-based polyester, thereby achieving a 30 per cent reduction in petroleum usage, YKK’s organic cotton zippers, and YKK’s original Natulon zipper, which recycles approximately 3,600 plastic bottles (29 g/bottle) per 10,000 zippers (60 cm length). Also included in the collection are zippers made using YKK’s Eco-Dye dyeing technology, which has completely eliminated the usage of water in the dyeing process, and environmentally friendly snaps and buttons made using Acro-Plating, a new plating technology that uses fewer resources to manufacture and does not use harmful plating chemicals.