At this week’s Copenhagen Fashion Summit, YKK, the leading manufacturer of fasteners and trims, announced its YKK Sustainability Vision 2050, which among other things is intended to serve as a roadmap for the company to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The five themes of the mission statement are (1) combating greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy, (2) increasing the use of sustainable materials, (3) reducing water consumption and managing wastewater, (4) managing and reducing the use of chemicals, and (5) respecting human rights and ensuring a fair and safe work environment. In addition, the Japanese company intends to address all 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but will focus on ten points (more on this in The Outdoor Industry Compass) where the company believes it can have the greatest impact. In 1994, YKK announced its first “Environmental Pledge,” in which “harmony with the environment” was declared the “highest priority of YKK’s business activities.” That same year, YKK launched the Natulon® zipper, which recycles approximately 3,600 plastic bottles per 10,000 zippers. Natulon® Ocean Sourced™, a premium collection of zippers made from plastic waste collected within 50 km of the Sri Lankan coast, was launched in January 2020. YKK’s GreenRise™ zipper, the first in the industry to use plant-based polyester to achieve a 30-percent reduction in oil consumption, was introduced in 2019. The company’s sustainable trim collection also includes organic cotton zippers and zippers made with YKK’s Eco-Dye® technology, which has completely eliminated water consumption in the dyeing process.