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2019

GOOD DESIGN|グッドデザイン・ベスト100

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Award-winning item
Fastener [GreenRise(TM)]
Business Owner
YKK CORPORATION
Category
01-01 Accessories and personal items
Company
YKK CORPORATION (Japan)
Award Number
19G010034
Outline of Good Design Award winners
Outline of Good Design Award winners 2019

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Outline

A zipper made of plant-based resource, non-petroleum resource has been developed by YKK technology. This zipper contributes to reduce CO2 emission and gives new life to non-consumable sugar. A zipper is only little parts but this zipper (GreenRise™) can be applied to many different types of fastening products and make a big difference by changing petroleum resource to plant-based resource.

Producer

YKK CORPORATION Product Development Division, Slide Fastener Business, Fastening Product Group Vice President Yoneshima Hisashi

Director

YKK CORPORATION Product Development Division, Slide Fastener Business, Fastening Product Group Segawa Kiyomasa Product Planning Department Okita Kazunori

Designer

YKK CORPORATION Product Development Division, Slide Fastener Business, Fastening Product Group Aoshima Hiromi, Sakurai Shinya, Takahashi Shigeto

More information

https://www.ykkfastening.com/products/search/detail.html?pdid1=GreenRise(TM)

Market release pending
2019/12

Evaluation

YKK maintains the stance to develop products in an environmentally friendly way as much as possible, constructing the chains and tape for about 30% of its GreenRise fastening products with plant-derived polyester. The fact that the company started the transition to source eco-friendly materials even at 30%, instead of waiting until everything can be sourced entirely of plant-based materials, is commendable as it shows its deep understanding of the impact it has on the industry due to its infrastructural position in the clothing material field. The GreenRise developer's motivation was to contribute to instilling an eco-conscious mindset in his children, as well as the next generation through something as close to us as zippers. Planting small but multiple seeds could largely propel the driving force behind environmental protection by changing the users' way of thinking and attitude toward the environment. We hope that such thoughts will resonate with many other companies dealing with the development and manufacturing of various materials.

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