Product use and end-of-life management
As part of its commitment to the environment, Inditex concerns itself with the need for better management of apparel and footwear products at the end of their useful lives. Working on more efficient use of environmental resources by consumers throughout and at the end of its products' life cycles is a priority.
Inditex believes that the best way to reuse a garment or textile waste is that which modifies the product as little as possible. The reuse of the garment as it was produced is therefore the preferred option, followed by the reuse of subproducts deriving from discarded garments and recycling to obtaining products of the same or greater value. The disposal unit must be the last option, preceded by incineration (for energy production).
Inditex's end-of-life strategy is informed by a circular economy or closed loop approach designed to make its products and operations more sustainable. Implementation of this strategy is more tangible in several of the projects underway at Inditex:
• Closing the loop project: launched in 2015, it looks for the reuse and recycling of Inditex garments, collaborating with social entities, recycling companies, textile manufacturers and technologist. It began with a pilot in 37 Zara stores in five countries (Spain, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden) where special bins were placed for the collection of clothing, footwear and accesories, that are donated to non-profit partners such as Cáritas or Red Cross. In 2015, Inditex collected 5.7 tonnes of items from stores and 37 tonnes from logistics centres and offices. Inditex also continued collaborating with various social purpose organizations as Roba Amiga, Asociación de Desarrollo Comercio Alternativo y Microcrédito (ADCAM) and A Puntadas.
• A series of initiatives in collaboration with universities and associations to search for efficient solutions for recycling the various textile products.