Inditex, the owner of Zara has announced an acceleration of several sustainability targets, including a new aim to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040, ten years earlier than previously planned.
The fast-fashion giant is also making plans to ensure that all the cotton it uses is “more sustainable” by 2023, two years ahead of schedule, and for all energy in its direct operations to come from renewable sources in 2022, compared to a target of 80 percent in 2025.
The group, notable with brands like Bershka, Massimo Dutti, and Pull & Bear, also announced a new target to significantly reduce the quantity of water used across its entire supply chain by 25 percent by 2025.
However, by 2022, Inditex aims to have 50 percent of its garments tagged with the Join Life label - an indication that the products have been made from recycled or sustainably produced materials. For context, 35 percent of Inditex’s products had the label last year.
The group also reiterated previously announced targets that “by 2023 all garments made of cellulosic fibers will be 100 percent sustainable and by 2025 all polyester and linen will be 100 percent recycled or sustainable, in line with the parameters the company has set out”.