YKK’s GreenRise™ zipper has received the ‘2019 Good Design Best 100’ award from the Japan Design Promotion Association. The ‘Good Design Best 100’ recipients are chosen from among all 2019 Good Design Award recipients based on overall product excellence in terms of aesthetics, proposals, and possibilities, says a recent press release.
GreenRise™ reduces fossil fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in the product cycle by replacing polyester, which is derived from conventional fossil fuels and is the main material used in zippers, with plant-derived polyester made from sugarcane molasses, a by-product generated during the sugar production process.
This award recognizes YKK’s attitude towards eco-friendly product development and its influence on the subsidiary materials industry.
From backpack manufacturers to skyscraper builders, users of YKK’s two great brands – YKK® Fastening Products and YKK AP® Architectural Products – benefit from YKK’s network of 108 companies operating in 72 countries and regions. Since the company’s founding in Tokyo in 1934, YKK has continuously set industry standards for quality, service, value and innovation in the production of fastening products such as zippers, hook & loop fasteners, plastic buckles and notions, webbing, and snaps & buttons, and architectural products such as storefronts, curtain walls, entrances, sun controls, windows and doors.
Based on the CYCLE OF GOODNESS™ corporate philosophy – no one prospers without rendering benefit to others – YKK aims to contribute to a sustainable society through its manufacturing operations and constantly seeks new ways to serve the changing needs of its diverse customers.