The spools on which Fresh-Lock zippers are wound and delivered were once simply thrown into landfills. Now, thanks to uniquely designed modular spools, they can be disassembled, washed and reused or recycled into new spools through the Fresh-Lock Zipper Spool Recycle Program.


The spools on which Fresh-Lock zippers are wound and delivered were once simply thrown into landfills. Now, thanks to uniquely designed modular spools, they can be disassembled, washed and reused or recycled into new spools.

For companies not able to use washed spools for various reasons, the Fresh-Lock Zipper Spool Recycle Program is the answer. Spools in this program are returned and recycled into new, single-use spools.

"When we came up with the idea, we wanted to make it easy on the customers," said Tom Winter, product manager for Presto Products Co. of Appleton, Wis., owner of the Fresh-Lock brand. "Once returned, the modular zipper spools are inspected thoroughly and washed in the same building where they were made.”

Since its inception in the fall of 2008, the program has eliminated 165 tons of solid waste, 90,000 lb. of greenhouse gas emissions and 76,000 kwh of electricity. The program also has reduced about 30% of HIPS resin with an up to 80% reduction when fully implemented.

"It's been a remarkable success," Winter said. "Many of Fresh-Lock's customers participate in the program. And, it's growing all the time."

To learn more about the Fresh-Lock Zipper Spool Reuse and Recycle Program, visit www.fresh-lock.com or call 800-265-0750.