Swiss zips and buttons firm Riri Group says it has become the first manufacturing company in the fashion accessories industry to introduce the use of recycled polyester as production standard for its zip range.

The achievement fits with the Swiss-Italian Group’s green approach, which sees innovation for the future as one of the main pillars of its corporate strategy.

By employing recycled polyester as production standard for the zip range, the contribution to sustainability on a quantitative level will be significant, the company says. Riri will reduce emissions resulting from polyester purchase by 32%; thus, carbon footprint for zip production will be cut down by 3%.

As a result, 460,000 kg of CO2 per year is saved. All the recycled polyester is GRS (Global Recycled Standard)-certified.

Riri 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,” says Renato Usoni, Riri Group’s CEO. “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.”