To address the environmental challenges that single-use plastics continue to pose globally, Inditex has set a clear target to eliminate their use from customer sales by the end 2025 and simultaneously promote the adoption of reusable paper bags, encouraging customers to opt for more sustainable alternatives.
One of the stores that has embraced the responsibility to reduce their ecological footprint and adopted this strategy is Bigbon Group, a leading fashion retailer with operations across the globe. The introduction of sustainably certified paper bags and charging customers for these has proved to be a successful strategy in eliminating plastic to encourage consumers to bring and reuse their own bags. In addition, this has also helped raise awareness about the importance of sustainable practices by businesses, and sustainable consumption by its customers. During the time that this initiative has rolled out, Bigbon Group has empowered its customers to become active participants in waste reduction and cultivating a greener future.
As part of this initiative, Bigbon Group has committed to donating the proceeds from the sales of the paper bag to WWF – the global conservation organisation – in support of its nature and wildlife restoration and regeneration projects. Also, Bigbon Group believes this initiative will also help contribute towards the environmental and societal goals set in the Fit for 55 by 2030 policy. Additionally, Inditex has implemented initiatives within its stores to collect hangers and tags, aiming to reuse or repurpose them, reducing waste and promoting circularity in their operations. Through these efforts, Inditex strives to create a more sustainable and responsible retail industry.
Building a Legacy of Sustainability
In addition to the eco-bag campaign, Inditex is actively engaged in two other noteworthy environmental initiatives.
- Zero-waste: The company has implemented an internal strategy across all its stores to effectively manage the disposal of cardboard and plastic waste, aiming to minimize environmental impact and promote responsible waste management practices.
- Green-energy: Inditex has set a commendable goal of ensuring that 100% of its energy purchases in all its stores are from renewable sources by the end of 2023.
About Inditex and WWF
Inditex is a company deeply committed to environmental sustainability, actively driving change and promoting responsible practices. Dating back to 2001, Inditex joined the UN Global Compact, showcasing its dedication to global sustainability goals. With a strong emphasis reducing its ecological footprint, the company has consistently assessed the operation of its stores and distribution lines to identify opportunities for minimizing environmental harm.
Inditex strives to optimise the utilisation of natural resources and foster a caring approach towards ecosystems and biodiversity across its business model, and its most recent initiative is the elimination of commercial plastic bags and packaging in customer sales, aiming to reduce consumption. This follows the recognition to urgently address the devastating consequences for the environment and marine ecosystems and identifying single-use plastics as one of the primary contributors.
WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations with a global footprint in over 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
The WWF aims to achieve this mission by:
1. Conserving of the world’s biological diversity.
2. Ensuring the sustainable use of renewable resources.
3. Promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.