Putting a sustainable touch on what we create by YKK

Founded in 1934 in Japan by Tadao Yoshida, YKK stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha. The company develops and produces a range of fastening solutions, including zippers, hook-and-loop fasteners, fabric tapes and plastic products, snaps and buttons for all fashion applications and leather goods, technical garments, furnishings, trims for the automotive sector and more. Its state-of-the-art technology and unrivalled reputation has made YKK one of the world’s market leaders for fastening productions.

Newest collection, CO37: YKK Europe Limited

Ad ready to wear accessories, natural materials and eco finishes, YKK has enriched their collection more than ever before. The brand wants to reflect the depth of the upcoming season in their collection items. They gave weight to copper and silver platings with both clear and oxide versions to evoke autumnal tones. Large-sized sew-on buttons in vibrantly shiny colours were chosen to reflect a synthetic beauty. YKK’s inspiration also includes composite finishes and rough painted surfaces.




As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fastening products, YKK cares deeply about its environmental footprint. That’s why its product line includes “small parts” with a big impact on sustainability, such as zippers made from both recycled and plant- derived materials. The brand creates products that are beneficial to people and the earth.



Natulon® is an environmentally friendly product made from recycled materials and manufactured using less energy. This sustainable process can be summarized as the collection of PET items that are broken down to produce pellets for the formation of yarns and conversion to tape for Natulon®. Natulon® has a GRS certification. It can be used for metal zippers sizes 3 & 5.

YKK zipper


The tape of this zipper is made from organic cotton, an environmentally friendly fabric that reduces the use of chemicals in agriculture. This zipper is available as size 3 open/close end with metal finishes in new anti-nickel or golden brass. We also have GOTS certification for the thread. The tape is available undyed only.

YKK zipper


The basic principle behind the eco-friendliness of the company’s metal accessories is to use less water, electricity, thermal energy and process chemicals. This leads the way to more environmentally friendly production processes. Environmentally friendly processes exclude electroplating to eliminate the use and discharge of toxic chemicals. The benefits of these applications can be summarized as below.

  • Less production lead time and water consumption
  • Fewer steps in the finishing processes
  • A reduction in processing chemicals
  • Energy reduction
  • Electricity reduction

YKK button

Come meet YKK team at the Denim Première Vision Show this 3rd and 4th December at Printworks London.

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