Sustainable products

greenrise ecofriendly
natulon recycled polyester



YKK® perceives circular fashion as a regenerative system in which garments circulate until their value is preserved, and then they are safely returned to the biosphere. This disrupts the traditional linear model of ‘Take, Make, Waste’. As part of the supply chain, we firmly believe that circularity is crucial for fostering sustainability. This belief drives us to design closure items using the finest quality recycled and recyclable materials.

excella natulon econyl regenerated nylon


made with ECONYL® regenerated nylon
The zippers of our prestigious EXCELLA® series can also be produced with a tape made with ECONYL® regenerated nylon. This particular EXCELLA® NATULON® made with ECONYL® regenerated nylon is also suitable for garment dyeing. The elegant brass chain is extremely durable and contributes to the long life of the accessory – this too is eco-design.

vislon natulon econyl regenerated nylon


made with ECONYL® regenerated nylon
YKK’s expertise in innovative product development is translated into the design of VISLON® NATULON® made with ECONYL® regenerated nylon: a mono-plastic material zipper whose recycled content helps reduce its environmental impact.

snap flexfix econyl regenerated nylon


made with ECONYL® regenerated nylon
When it comes to circularity, one of the biggest challenges is separating the various materials that make up a garment so that as much of it as possible can be recycled. With the ADVANCEN® made with ECONYL® regenerated nylon, YKK® challenges the problem of material separation which is an obstacle to circular fashion. ADVANCEN® buttons belong to a new era: they are made of at least 98% ECONYL® regenerated nylon and are fully recyclable. They are also suitable for garment dyeing.

detachable button rivet

YKK’s Detachable Button & Rivet

Zamac Mono-Material
YKK’s Detachable Button & Rivet (patent pending) is not only monomaterial to aid disposal, but it can also be removed at the end of the garment’s life, which can reduce the amount of textile waste. The detachable button and rivet can be applied with standard fastening machines and removed easily with a simple tool.


Recycled Material

YKK has long understood the environmental benefits of recycled materials. YKK® NATULON® products offer YKK® quality and performance with a lower environmental impact, as their manufacturing process ensures lower CO2 emission levels than when using virgin polyester. Since the creation of the first NATULON® zipper in 1994, we have continually expanded the NATULON® variations to offer the benefits of tape made entirely from recycled material to an ever-widening range of products.

The NATULON® product lines are designed for customers who wish to reduce the consumption of virgin material increasing the recycled content of their products. NATULON® zippers are made from recycled materials, such as PET bottles, thanks to mechanical recycling. The yarn used for the tape of NATULON® zippers consists of more than 99% post-consumer recycled material.

excella natulon mechanical recycling


It is the zipper that combines the elegance and prestige of the brushed metal items EXCELLA® with the need to increase the recycled content in accessories. In fact, the tape of this line is made of recycled material from the plastic of PET bottles, old fibres and other post-consumer materials.

YZiP natulon metallo recycled polyester

YZiP® NATULON® & NATULON® Metal zipper

The NATULON® eco-friendly product series also includes YKK® standard metal zippers. This article is characterised by the use of recycled material for both the tape and the chain. For the production of the chain, in fact, YKK® not only melts down its own scrap but also purchases as much recycled metal as possible, mixing it with virgin materials to guarantee the necessary mechanical properties.

vislon natulon recycled polyester


VISLON® NATULON® zippers are made from recycled polyester tape. VISLON® is the name of our injected plastic zippers, serving creative and innovative design. Combined with YKK’s NATULON® brand, it signifies the use of recycled material for the production of the tape, thus creating a zipper suitable for all customers who wish to increase the recycled content of their products.

vislon natulon plus 100 recycled polyester


NATULON Plus® zippers feature the highest level of recycled material offered by YKK®. In this type of zipper, both the tape and the teeth are made with recycled material. In particular, the material used in the VISLON® NATULON Plus® chain consists of more than 63% post and pre-consumer recycled material. The level of recycling can be further increased by combining the zipper with a slider made of recycled material.

natulon coil recycled polyester

NATULON® Coil zipper

The NATULON® product series are designed for customers wishing to increase the recycled content of their products. The YKK coil zipper tape is made from recycled materials, such as PET bottles, thanks to mechanical recycling technologies. The yarn used in the tape of NATULON® coil zipper is made from more than 99% post-consumer recycled material.

natulon conceal invisibile recycled polyester


The CONCEAL® invisible coil zipper is available with recycled polyester tape. CONCEAL® is the invisible zipper that does not disturb the design of the garment, making it more suitable for dresses and skirts.

natulon plus coil 100% recycled polyester

NATULON Plus® Coil zipper

The NATULON Plus® coil zipper has the tape, chain, cord and sewing thread made of recycled material. The NATULON Plus® coil zipper has the highest level of recycled material offered by YKK®, and this advantage can be further increased by combining it with a recycled zinc die-cast slider. The material used in the NATULON Plus® coil zipper chain is made of 100% post-consumer recycled material.

aquaguard natulon pu pfcfree

AquaGuard® NATULON® Coil Zipper

In this water-repellent zipper, the tape is made using recycled polyester. Its surface is coated with polyurethane film. The item has been updated to improve smoothness, operability and environmental compatibility. Gloss and matt effect coatings are available.

natural fiber

Natural Fibres

Natural fibres provide a renewable and sustainable source of material for the textiles used in zippers. YKK® zippers with natural fibre tapes help to eliminate the CO2 emissions associated with the production of synthetic textiles. These plant-based materials are renewable and can be grown regeneratively helping to reduce resource depletion and contributing to a healthier environment.

organic cotton excella

EXCELLA® Organic Cotton Tape

YZiP® Organic Cotton Tape

Organic Cotton Tape features tape made of organic cotton fibres.* The farming of the cotton is certified by a 3rd party, offering traceability and compliance with requirements for chemical use, water stewardship and fair labor practices/ human rights. The tape is produced in natural colour ready for garment dyeing.

tencel natural wood fibre

YZiP® with TENCEL™ Lyocell Fiber Tape

The YZip® zipper with a tape made of TENCEL™ fibres, which are produced from the renewable raw material wood. The fibres are biodegradable and compostable and are produced in an environmentally friendly closed-loop process in which 99% of the process water and solvents are recycled.

non plated

Non Plated

YKK® offers a series of stainless steel items without the need for plating or finishing. The snaps and zippers in this series allow the natural beauty of the material to shine through without requiring additional machining, offering an environmentally friendlier alternative to traditional galvanic finishes.

eco friendly

Eco-friendly Metal Finish

YKK® eco-friendly metal finishes offer an environmentally friendlier alternative to traditional electroplating, requiring less water, less energy and eliminating the hazardous chemicals used in the traditional plating process. These finishes are available in multiple colours and offer greater resistance to corrosion.

acroplating noplating nogalvanica ecofriendly

FlexFix® Finished with AcroPlating®

Durable FlexFix® technology combined with AcroPlating®, the new plating method that uses fewer resources and no harmful chemicals, is at your side for more sustainable production and consumption. Thanks to these two innovative technologies, your items will last longer without losing performance. 6 colors are available.

More eco-design innovations from YKK world

greenrise ecofriendly


GreenRise® zippers are made from approximately 30% of the waste of cane sugar production. This allows the reduction of the use of petroleum-derived products and the associated CO2 emissions.
YKK Japan

natulon ocean sources

NATULON® Ocean Sourced®

Plastic in the oceans is a global environmental issue that has a devastating impact on both marine and human life. YKK’s NATULON® Ocean Sourced® zippers help to create a solution by offering a new life to plastic waste before it ends up in the ocean reusing it in the production of the tape, which is made from 100% recycled material.
YKK India

repairable puller


In the context of eco-design, another key concept is the maintenance and repairability of garments. In this respect, YKK® has developed several innovative solutions for the repairability of some of the parts that make up zippers. This is the case with our products that allow easy maintenance of sliders and pullers such as: NATULON Plus® Zipper with Revived Slider, NATULON® Racquet Coil Zipper with Revived Slider, VISLON® AquaGuard® with Revived Top Stop.
YKK Taiwan

ecodye tintura con meno spreco d'acqua


ECO-DYE® technology enables an almost 100% reduction of water used during the dyeing process. This technology allows us to produce the same high-quality products while drastically reducing the environmental impact.
YKK Japan

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