A zipper, zip, fly, or zip fastener, formerly known as a clasp locker, is a commonly used device for binding the edges of an opening of fabric or other flexible material, such as on a garment or bag. The fabric of most zips is now acrylic with the zipper teeth being plastic or metal. Some components of new zips may be made from chemically recycled polyester, or PET bottle recycled materials.
If you need a new zip, try a secondhand/charity shop or the ReUse Academy first.
Broken zippers can be repaired or replaced. Check online before ditching that clothing item or bag.
If you have surplus zips consider donating to a secondhand/charity shop or take to the ReUse Academy.
Zip components can be reused for crafts and jewellery. Look online for inspiration.
Zips are not able to be recycled.
Zips do not biodegrade. Please keep from landfill wherever possible.