YKK wins U.S. Good Design® Award

January 21st, 2020

QuickFree®, a zipper developed by YKK, has been recognized in the “Personal” category of the 2019 Good Design® Awards. Founded in Chicago in 1950 and presented each year by The Chicago Athenaeum, the award is considered the oldest and most prestigious global awards program for design excellence and design innovation. The award honors both products […]

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Crafting social change

January 1st, 2020

All of the profits from the Ubuntu Life fall 2019 line of bags, made with zippers donated by YKK®, support social impact programs in Kenya. Photo: YKK. A unique project in the Maai Mahiu region of Kenya empowers communities by employing local women to create bags, jewelry and shoes. Ubuntu Life started as a center for […]

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YKK awarded 2019 Good Design Best 100

December 27th, 2019

YKK’s GreenRise™ zipper received the 2019 Good Design Best 100 award from the Japan Design Promotion Association. GreenRise reduces fossil fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in the product cycle by replacing polyester, which is derived from conventional fossil fuels and is the main material used in zippers, with plant-derived polyester made from sugarcane molasses, a […]

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IFAI’s Manufacturing for Good booth assembles duffel bags for homeless recovery center

December 1st, 2018

IFAI’s Manufacturing for Good booth made its second appearance at Expo 2018 held in October in Dallas, Texas. Workers at the live manufacturing booth assembled 74 red duffel bags from start to finish. The bags, made from 14 oz. vinyl, were donated to The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, a North Texas-based organization devoted to helping […]

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Manufacturing for Good demo booth debuts at Expo 2017

November 1st, 2017

A new addition to IFAI Expo 2017 in New Orleans, La., was the Manufacturing for Good booth. Workers at the live manufacturing booth made 70 bright red duffel bags from start to finish. The bags were donated to Raintree Children & Family Services, a nonprofit organization that has assisted at-risk children and youth in the greater […]

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Manufacturing for Good Booth volunteers sew bags for Raintree Children and Family Services

September 29th, 2017

Christine Gerard (left), IFAI division supervisor, and Whitney Armentor (right), Raintree Development Coordinator, are pictured at IFAI Expo 2017 in the Manufacturing for Good Booth. Several companies contributed supplies, equipment and labor to sew 70 large tote bags for young people who receive services at Raintree Children and Family Services. Raintree is a nonprofit that […]

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IFAI Expo 2016: Show Stopper winners

October 21st, 2016

Thursday morning at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year—including the 2016 winners of the Show Stopper program, recognizing the most innovative new products in the exhibit hall. Thomson Research Associates was recognized for Ultra-Fresh DM-25 in the category of chemicals, coatings and compounds. Fenetex won for its Adjustable Tracks for […]

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