10/06/2021 – Sustainability — auf Deutsch lesen

Riri Group: recycled poyester for zipper tapes

Riri is the first company in the fashion accessories industry to complete its transition towards an exclusive use of recycled polyester for zips’ tapes.


A new step in Riri Group’s green path: Riri relies exclusively on recycled polyester for its zipper tapes. © Riri Group


Riri Group ist the first Zipper Company to transition the standard offer to 100 percent recycled polyester. © Riri Group


Recycled polyester becomes a production standard

Riri Group thus becomes the first manufacturing company in the fashion accessories industry to introduce the use of recycled polyester as production standard for its zip range. This achievement marks another essential one in the sustainability path that the Swiss-Italian Group has walked since the 90s. This change fits perfectly the Group’s green approach which sees innovation for the future as one of the main pillars of the corporate strategy, as well as the commitment to protecting natural resources and to improving the traceability and transparency of both materials and processes, in a framework that sees to rethink social and economic models. Riri’s slogan “excellence in details” can also be read as “sustainability in details” as it speaks to the company’s will to act putting 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 percent; thus, carbon footprint will be cut down by 3 percent, 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 is GRS (Global Recycled Standard)-certified, highlighting Riri’s constant commitment to choosing suppliers that meet the industry’s international standards.

  • The recycled polyester used in tapes for zips is made from recycled polyester fibers, both pre- (20 percent) and post-consumer (80 percent).

  • An important contribution is made to the goal of increasing the global use of recycled polyester, as stated by Textile Exchange, from 14 percent to 20 percent by 2030.

Renato Usoni, Riri Group’s CEO:

“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. Our innovation is the result of a tireless research of low environmental impact materials, an approach that has been the foundation of our identity for many years, but that now is renewed once more to make another step toward the future.”