Accessories supplier Prym Fashion is introducing new low impact fasteners that have been developed to meet increasing global demand for sustainable apparel.

The LIFE (Low Impact Fastener Ensemble) Certified metal fasteners are manufactured with a significantly lower process and environmental footprint, the company says.

"The production of metal fasteners for apparel and leather goods involves a broad spectrum of processes and finishes, including electroplating, chemical colouring and coating – all of which require a substantial amount of resources and materials," explains Brian Moore, chief executive officer of Prym Fashion.  

"Our goal for our LIFE Certified programme is to produce a wide range of finishes through more environmentally friendly processes, allowing customers to use Prym fasteners that contribute to their overall sustainability objectives."  

The initial collection is available in dozens of finishes based on brass, copper and stainless-steel base materials, and is produced by snap fastener and rivet specialist Prym Fashion Italia, at its plant in Lecco, Italy. The division has spent several years perfecting the finishing processes used in the fasteners to minimise the environmental impact while also ensuring the quality and longevity of the finish.

"There are four primary principles to produce fasteners with a lower environmental footprint, which are fewer harmful substances, fewer chemical inputs, the elimination of heavy metals, and less energy," says Philipp Osthaus, manager of sustainable products for Prym Fashion.  

"Any Prym Fashion fastener that is LIFE Certified will adhere to one or more of these principles, regardless of where they are produced."

The environmental impact of nine metal fasteners that make up the first collection have been validated against conventional processes by Made-By. The comparison found a water reduction of 65%, electricity reduction of 16%, chemicals reduced by 98%, and hazardous waste reduced by 85%.