Fashion giant Zara goes green announcing range of sustainability initiatives

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Fashion giant Zara and brands under the parent company Inditex – Massimo Dutti, Pull&Bear, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home and Uterqüe – have announced a whole range of sustainability initiatives at the company’s Annual General Meeting.

Inditex’s executive chairman, Pablo Isla, announces some of the key targets set out by the company for and the period up until 2025.

Fabric Change

Inditex has committed that by 2025, 100% of the cotton, linen and polyester used by all eight of its brands will be organic, sustainable or recycled.

This year the company is looking to expand its Join Life label, to reach one-quarter of the total. The company uses the Join Life label to single out the use of more sustainable materials and eco-friendly production processes.

Green Stores

As part of the sustainability commitments, the company has announced to change its energy usage to 80% renewables for its stores, logistic centres and offices.

In addition, by 2020 Inditex has committed to fully eliminate the use of plastic bags, a milestone already attained at Zara, Zara Home, Massimo Dutti and Uterqüe. And by 2023, all single-use plastics will have been completely eliminated for customers sales.

Inditex is planning to improve the footprint of its stored, unveiling further plans to complete eco-eficient store platform by 2020. Zara will achieve this target in 2019, the rest of the brands will follow suit in 2020.

By next year all stores will be able to collect used clothing for subsequent charitable purpose reuse or recycling in dedicated containers.

Green Offices

The company is planning for the Group’s head offices to meet green building certificates in 2019 and for 100% of Zara stores to be eco-efficient (which is one year ahead of the original target).

Also 100% of the waste generated at the Group’s head offices, logistics platforms and stores is planned to be sent for recycling or reuse.

“Our digital and sustainability transformation is only possible thanks to the solid business model performance, which is generating the funds needed to reinvest in the company’s future”, Isla told the company’s shareholders.

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