Swiss accessories firm Riri uses recycled polyester for zip range

Riri has launched the use of recycled polyester as a production standard for its zip range. Riri is a leader in the production of zippers and buttons, with its two distinctive brand names; Riri, a point of reference for the production of zippers, pre-cut in metal and die-cast in plastic and zinc, and Cobrax, a leader in rivet and button manufacturing.

By employing recycled polyester as production standard for the zip range, the contribution to sustainability on a quantitative level will be significant. The company, in fact, will reduce emissions resulting from polyester purchase by 32 per cent; thus, carbon footprint will be cut down by 3 per cent, for zip production. As a result, 460,000 kg of CO2 per year is saved, the same as 169 return flights from Geneva to New York, Riri said in a media statement.

All the recycled polyester is GRS (Global Recycled Standard)-certified, highlighting Riri’s constant commitment to choosing suppliers that meet the industry’s international standards. The recycled polyester used in tapes for zips is made from recycled polyester fibres, both pre- (20 per cent) and post-consumer (80 per cent). An important contribution is made to the goal of increasing the global use of recycled polyester, as stated by Textile Exchange, from 14 per cent to 20 per cent by 2030, according to Riri.

The choice shows once more the ability of the company to develop products that keep in mind the environment whilst preserving functionality, reliability and that visual taste that the world of fashion requires. Indeed, Riri has introduced its first recycled polyester tape in 2013 and, since then, has been consistently increasing the use of GRS-certified recycled polyester that comes from recycled materials.

“We are proud of this step and the effect that it has on sustainability and the cultural change through which we approach the development and improvement of our products. Our innovation is the result of a tireless research of low environmental impact materials, an approach that has been the foundation of our identity for many years, but that now is renewed once more to make another step toward the future,” Renato Usoni, Riri’s CEO said in a statement.

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