Spanish fashion giant Zara says it will make all of its clothes from sustainable fabrics by 2025

Spanish fashion giant Zara is going all green, and says it’s pledging to make all of its clothes from sustainable fabrics by 2025, according to CNN:

“All of the cotton, linen and polyester used by Zara will be organic, sustainable or recycled by 2025, parent company Inditex announced this week.

“The Spanish retail conglomerate said the goal will extend to its other brands, including Zara Home, Pull & Bear and Bershka.
Inditex made the sustainability pledge at its annual meeting this week. The use of those fibers, plus a semi-synthetic fiber called viscose, account for 90% of the raw materials used by the brands. Inditex said it will use all sustainable viscose by 2023.”
Pablo Isla, the chief executive of Inditex, said it was time for his company to lead the way for others in the clothing sector:
“We need to be a force for change, not only in the company but in the whole sector. We are the ones establishing these targets: the strength and impulse for change is coming from the commercial team, the people who are working with our suppliers, the people working with fabrics. It is something that’s happening inside our company.”
In addition to the announcement on sustainable fabrics, Zara is also taking other steps to be a greener corporate citizen:
“The company has other green goals, too, including making all of Zara’s stores ‘eco-efficient’ by the end of 2019, which Inditex says allows it to reduce carbon emissions, save energy and minimize waste.
“It also wants 80% of the energy from its stores, distribution centers and offices to be clean in 2025.
“This isn’t Inditex’s first sustainability push. Customers can already drop off used clothing, footwear and accessories in more than 1,300 stores to tackle fashion’s waste problem.”
Bea Padin, a designer with Zara, told Vogue that there are countless ways the fashion industry can make difference:
“We’ve always been sustainability conscious. [Our] production is adjusted in response to sales, thus minimizing surplus stocks, and by extension, waste. Today we have more scope for doing this because there are more recycled and organic fabrics. The industry throws up new design opportunities, which constitute a very appealing challenge.”
Hopefully other companies will follow Zara’s lead and become a force for good in the world instead of contributing to the environmental crisis we see around the globe.
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