YKK: Sustainability, Technology and Creativity

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Sustainability, Technology and Creativity: the key words for the new YKK FW 22-23 Collection.

A combination of sustainability and creativity is now the pillar for development in fashion, and YKK, working closely with designers and brands for many years, recognizes this very well.

YKK first released an Environmental Charter in 1994 pursuing “harmony with the environment” as the highest priority of its business activities. That same year, YKK launched the NATULON® zipper, the first zipper to be made with recycled material.

Since that time, some 27 years ago, YKK has continued to lead with its commitment to sustainable actions and products. Recently in 2020, the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action set the goal for the fashion industry for a 30% aggregate reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050 and YKK was proud to sign up to this in March the same year. YKK further confirmed that commitment in October 2020, with the release of its Sustainability Vision 2050: the company’s roadmap for addressing climate change, material resources, water resources, chemical management and human rights, and aligned its efforts with no less than ten UN SDGs. Finally, in March 2021, YKK Corporation’s emissions reduction targets were approved by the independent Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as consistent with levels required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, limiting global warming to well-below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C.

On the product side, YKK is perfecting and increasing the use of various environmentally friendly technologies and more sustainable materials. This effort’s latest results are contained in the new EMEA AW 22-23 Collection, where the principles of circularity, reduction of resources, reuse and recycle are guiding customers toward concrete solutions to improve their carbon foot print.

Vislon® Nylon® made with mono-plastic material. The first recycling friendly zip, this time showcased in one of the eleven available colours. Nylon mono-plastic material snaps.  The snap button is a lightweight, comfortable snap fastener made from high performance mono plastic material. Both Vislon® Nylon® and Nylon mono-plastic material snaps, due to the nylon composition can be easily recycled together with the nylon garment it is attached to, without the need for removal.

AcroPlating®, Snaps & Buttons with an environment friendly finish. YKK has developed an in-house machine that can perform effective plating while reducing the usage for water, electricity, and chemicals. Thanks to FlexFix® and AcroPlating®’s innovative technologies, your items will last longer without loss of performance.

Excella® with Organic Cotton tape. The tape of this zipper is made with organic cotton thread*. No toxic chemicals are used in the growing of organic cotton therefore it doesn’t damage the soil, has less impact on the air, and uses 88% less water and 62% less energy.

*Organic Cotton yarn used in this zipper is certified as “GOTS: Global Organic Textile Standard” cotton

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