Designing with longevity in mind - When the choice of zipper matters!

You probably don't give it much thought, but the choice of zippers is vital for the longevity of your bag! Imagine that you just treated yourself with a new jacket or bag with the perfect color and texture. And then snap, the zipper breaks before you even flaunt it to your friends. Does this sound familiar? Maybe, you recognize the picture below...?! 

 

Broken metal zipper 

This is obviously not a Hymness bag, but a fast-fashion or mass-produced product, where the zippers are more likely to break. It is difficult to guarantee the quality of low-budget products, where cost-cutting is the priority for many low-price brands.

In most cases, mass-producers will cut the costs of small features like zippers, buttons, etc. The customers cant tell the difference when they buy the product – until they start zipping. As a designer, I experienced this problem countless times, working with both large and small brands.

So, what’s the alternative?

Let's take a closer look at one of Hymness' bum bags Jada leather bum bag, and why a quality zipper makes such a huge difference for this style...

Conscious designers obsess over quality and perfection in every aspect of their products down to the tiniest feature. They insist on high-quality zippers and invest in tried-and-tested technologies to deliver. Yes, zippers are small, but they are also vital to the functionality of the product. Can you carry your valuables in a cross-body bag with a broken zipper? No, right?

A high-quality bag with a broken zipper is worthless. It’s like a mansion with broken door locks. Regardless of cost, zippers should be made to last. Longevity must be thought into the design and sourcing part from the very beginning. This is a founding principle of Hymness.

Ykk natulon metal zippers 

Our Core Values goes beyond the quality of its zippers. We also wish to leave a smaller footprint on the planet. We aim to create designs, that you can carry with a clear conscience.  When you buy a Hymness bag, they are all made with high-quality and eco-consciously zippers from YKK's sustainable series NATULON®. These NATULON® zippers are made from recycled plastic (PET) collected from the world's oceans.

For every 10,000 zippers, the company recycles about 3,600 plastic bottles. It reduces the demand for virgin plastic, encourages the recycling of plastic bottles, and contributes to the cleanup of polluted marine ecosystems. 

Being eco-conscious means you have to strike a balance in every aspect of life, right down to your zippers. YKK NATULON® recycled zippers can help you cut down your plastic consumption. This is very important because plastic is a major polluter globally, and especially in the world oceans. Plastic bottles take about 450 years to decompose. Combating plastic pollution requires concerted efforts. While a zipper may seem so small, the accumulated reduction in plastic pollution over time is enormous. 

 chemical recyceld ykk zipper life cycle

 

YKK NATULON® recycled zippers are high-quality, eco-consciously, reliable, durable, and certified. You will never have to replace the zipper on your Jada leather bumbag, which makes it friendly to both your pocket and the environment. Hymness has worked hard to integrate YKK zippers on its Jada Bum bags without compromising the bags’ unique design. Of course, the long process of adopting sustainable materials is costly. But as a customer-centric and eco-conscious designer, I cannot put a price on customer satisfaction and the protection of common sense. You can also join Hymness' inspirational journey and help us grow in the right direction by signing up to the newsletter

 

YKK is not the only quality zipper brand, but I have been working with YKK zippers in over a decade and is my favorite zipper brand. Other quality zipper brands worth mention, are SBS or RIRI...