Zara Commits To 100% Sustainable Fabrics By 2025

Image Courtesy of Inditex

Image Courtesy of Inditex

La Coruña : July 16th : In today’s Annual General Meeting, Pablo Isla, the executive chairman of Inditex, the parent company of Zara  announced that by 2025, 100% of the cotton, linen and polyester used by all eight of its brands will be organic, sustainable or recycled.

"Sustainability is a never-ending task in which everyone here at Inditex is involved and in which we are successfully engaging all of our suppliers", said Isla.

“Our digital transformation and determined progress towards the most demanding sustainability standards are complementary and underpinned by the efficiency of our long-standing business model, which is based on offering our customers the best in quality fashion”, said Pablo Isla.

He also highlighted that “sustainability is a never-ending task in which everyone here at Inditex is involved and in which we are successfully engaging all of our suppliers; we aspire to playing a transformational role in the industry”.

Among those targets, he stressed that by 2025 Inditex will only use cotton, linen and polyester that is organic, more sustainable or recycled.

Use of cotton, linen and polyester –together with viscose, which will reach this target by 2023- constitute 90% of the raw materials purchased by the Group.

In addition, 80% of the energy used in the Group activities (stores, logistic centres and offices) will be renewable.

By 2023, the company will have fully eliminated single-use plastics from customer sales and 100% of the waste generated at the Group’s head offices, logistics platforms and stores will be sent for recycling or reuse, framed by the Zero Waste programme.

Currently, the company is recycling or reusing 88% of the waste.

It will continue to introduce collection and recycling systems for all of the materials used in its package distribution and hanged garment operations (mainly FSC-certified cardboard boxes, recycled and recyclable plastic, alarms and hangers) for reuse within the supply chain itself or for recycling under the so-called Green to Pack programme.

Complementing this programme is the strategic commitment to researching new technologies for developing new recycling processes.

On this point, Inditex’s chairman referred to the expansion of the collaboration agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under a $4 million plan designed to tackle global challenges in operational and sustainability matters and support research into better ways of recycling clothing and recovering fibres using clean technology.