Fastener specialist Prym Group has launched what it claims is the world’s first commercially available four-part sustainable snaps, made from recycled plastic bottles and plant-based renewable resources such as potato starch.
Available in two options, ecoWhite and ecoGreen, Prym Fashion’s LIFE (Low Impact Fastener Ensemble) certified snaps are made using less material inputs and come as part of the firm’s efforts to close the loop in the apparel industry. They are, the company says, the first eco-friendly alternative available to various market segments, including activewear, children’s wear and babywear.
“We understand that today’s consumers expect brands to offer products that are completely sustainable, including the fabric and the trim,” says Brian Moore, CEO of Prym Fashion. “These eco-friendly snaps allow our customers to consider every detail and increase the overall sustainability of their products.”
Made from recycled plastic bottles, the ecoWhite snaps eliminate the use of crude oil and associated processing compared to plastic snaps made with virgin raw materials. One recycled plastic bottle can produce 13 snaps. The ecoGreen snaps, meanwhile, are made from plant-based renewable resources, reduce fossil resources and greenhouse emissions, and are biodegradable and recyclable.
Looking ahead, the firm plans to offer ecoBlue plastic snaps that will be made from recycled ocean plastic.
“As brands and retailers in the textile industry continue to raise their sustainability goals, details like trim will become increasingly important,” Moore adds. “Prym Fashion is committed to making snaps that make a difference.”