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TOKYO - Japanese fastener manufacturer YKK has received the 2019 Good Design Best 100 award from the Japan Design Promotion Association for a zip made from plant-based polyester.

The GreenRise zipper is made with plant-derived polyester made from sugarcane molasses, a by-product of the sugar production process, instead of conventional petroleum-based polyester.

YKK says the product reduces fossil fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in the product cycle, while giving new life to non-consumable sugar.

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