Zara’s owner has announced that the chain will have all of its clothes made from 100% sustainable fabrics by 2025. The chain’s brands such as Massimo Dutti and Pull&Bear will all follow suit.
The apparel company behind Zara and a host of other brands, Inditex, was named the third largest apparel company in 2019 by Forbes.
The news came after an annual shareholder’s meeting last Tuesday. Zara makes up a staggering 70% of Inditex’s group sales. Zara is the first international high street store to make such a commitment.
As part of a slew of environmentally friendly measures, the company is also committing to have 80% of the energy consumed at Zara’s headquarters, factories and stores come from renewable sources. It also seeks to produce zero landfill waste, the company revealed.
Chief Executive of Inditex, Pablo Isla, was quoted on the Guardian as saying that “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 out suppliers, the people working with fabrics. It is something that’s’ happening inside our company.”
The group was named the most sustainable retailer by the Dow Jones sustainability index from 2016 to 2018, and is owned by Spain’s richest man, Amancio Ortega.