YKK Adopts Low-Carbon Aluminum for Eco-Friendly Zippers

YKK Adopts Low-Carbon Aluminium for Eco-Friendly Zippers

A Sustainable Initiative Towards Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

In Tokyo, Japan, on April 15, 2024, YKK Corporation (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Hiroaki Otani) announces its adoption of alloy wires utilizing low-carbon aluminum. This marks a significant step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions, aligning with the YKK Sustainability Vision 2050.

Commitment to Sustainability

YKK, in collaboration with Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. and Sumitomo Electric Toyama Co., Ltd., has signed a contract for the use of low-carbon aluminum. Commencing in FY2024, YKK will integrate alloy wires made from low-carbon aluminum into its aluminum alloy zippers, gradually expanding their application.

Progress Towards Climate Neutrality

YKK’s sustainability goals encompass climate change, material resources, water resources, chemical management, and respect for people. The company aims to cut Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 50% and Scope 3 emissions by 30% by 2030, following the Science Based Targets initiative’s 1.5°C target.

Active Engagement for Environmental Impact Reduction

Commenting on the initiative, Terry Tsukumo, Vice President of the Product Strategy Division at YKK Corporation, expressed the company’s dedication to reducing environmental impact across its supply chain. By incorporating low-carbon aluminum into zippers, YKK furthers its efforts to mitigate environmental harm.

Accessible Insights into Sustainability

To provide stakeholders with insights into its sustainability initiatives and eco-friendly products, YKK offers access to its Digital Showroom. Additionally, the company publishes annual reports on its progress toward the YKK Sustainability Vision 2050 in the YKK Integrated Report, “This is YKK.”

Aligned with the Cycle of Goodness® Philosophy

Grounded in the philosophy of the Cycle of Goodness®, YKK remains steadfast in its pursuit of a sustainable society. With a solutions-first approach and a commitment to benefiting society, customers, industries, and employees, YKK strives to contribute to a better world through its products, operations, and community engagement.

About YKK

YKK is a global leader in fastening and attaching solutions, setting industry standards for quality, innovation, and sustainability since its founding in Tokyo in 1934. With a presence in over 70 countries/regions, YKK leverages its extensive product portfolio, engineering expertise, and integrated production to support customers of all sizes and adapt to their evolving needs. Guided by the CYCLE OF GOODNESS® philosophy, YKK aims to contribute to a sustainable society while investing in its employees and communities.