The Fresh-Lock Zipper Spool Reuse and Recycle Program has helped companies become more environmentally friendly and reduce waste.

The program allows participants to send old spools, on which Fresh-Lock zippers are wound, back to the company in the original shipping cases, at no charge. The spools are then inspected and washed, and recycled into new, single-use spools.

Since the program began in the fall of 2008, 165 tons of solid waste have been eliminated and 90,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions have been prevented, according to the company.