“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”, states Renato Usoni, Riri Group’s CEO.
Riri Group, the Swiss-Italian group leader in the production of zippers and buttons, is in fact the first company in the accessories sector to complete the transition to the exclusive use of recycled polyester in zip’s tapes. An important innovation that is part of the group’s green approach which identifies innovation for the future as one of the pillars of the corporate strategy, together with the commitment to protect natural resources.
Riri’s tagline “excellence in details” becomes “sustainability in details”: which stands for the will to operate in a company that puts sustainability first.
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%; thus, carbon footprint will be cut down by 3%, for zip production. As a result, 460,000 kg of CO2 per year is saved, the same as 169 return flights from Geneve to New York.
All the recycled polyester, GRS certified (Global Recycled Standard), is made from recycled polyester fibres, both pre- (20%) and post-consumer (80%). An important contribution is made to the goal of increasing the global use of recycled polyester, as stated by Textile Exchange, from 14% to 20% by 2030.
A bit of history: Riri has introduced its first recycled polyester tape in 2013 and since then it has been consistently increasing the use of it paying attention to develop products that respect the environment, but which at the same time preserve functionality, reliability and that unique aesthetic touch required by the fashion world.