In Fall 2017, YKK -the world-leading buttons and zippers manufacturer- asked Systainable Solutions Ltd. and Made-By (www.made-by.org) to evaluate and certify a series of novel, eco-friendly, sustainable fastening product finishes, introduced by their plants in Shenzhen, China (www.ykksz.com) and Cerkezköy, Turkey (www.ykk.com.tr). Systainable Solutions' South Eastern Europe and China offices performed the evaluation, which was completed in December 2017. The findings confirm that the novel eco-friendly finishing methods lead to substantial reduction of toxic chemicals input and to significant lower energy and water usage. Also CO2 emissions vs. conventional methods are reduced. Overall, the joint project gave YKK the necessary 3rd party expert assurance that the move towards the eco-friendly processes is beneficial for the environment, the company and the society and thus further steps in that direction is the right future strategy.