Mango advances sustainability goals, plans to only use recycled polyester by 2025
Mango is making progress in the area of sustainability by advancing its objectives for the coming years and by promoting its Committed line, which groups together articles that the company identifies as having "less environmental impact".
In 2021, 80% of the garments in the Spanish fashion group's catalog were incorporated into this category, which made up 45% of its offering in 2020 and 16% in 2019. Mango plans to have all its designs categorized under the Committed umbrella by 2022, as it announced last spring.
What does it mean when the group includes this label on its garments? Articles made out of at least 30% of sustainable fibers such as organic, recycled or BCI cotton, recycled polyester, recycled wool or Tencel and that have been manufactured "with more sustainable production processes," it explained. "In addition, like the rest of Mango's articles, they have been produced in factories that have been internally examined through social audits and comply with product safety regulations.”
Beyond this line's expansion, Mango announced on Tuesday, February 15, the advancement of some of its sustainability goals which expects that all the polyester used by the brand will be recycled by 2025, "doubling the initial target set for that same year," it said. It also expects that by 2025 all the cellulosic fibers used will be of controlled and traceable origin, "which means reaching our commitment five years earlier than anticipated.”
Sustainability balance sheet for 2021
Mango detailed that in 2021, it used more sustainable cotton by 91%, natural cellulosic fibers by 59% and recycled polyester by 54%.
In addition, the Spanish fashion group became a partner in the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero program last year which focuses on improving chemical management and the sustainability of the production chain’s wet processing. In parallel, the company joined Canopy Style, an initiative focused on protecting forests by ensuring responsible sourcing of all cellulose materials.
In line with its transparency strategy, the company published a list of the factories in its global supply chain in December, updating its 2020 list with Tier 1 factories and including Tier 2 factories. This year, it plans to also disclose the list of third level (Tier 3) factories, which refers to raw material suppliers.
By 2030, the group is committed in reducing its direct CO2 emissions and those generated by the energy it consumes by 80% as well as reducing its supply chain emissions by 35%.
Founded in Barcelona in 1984, Mango is present in more than 110 countries. Pending its 2021 financial results, the company ended the 2020 fiscal year with sales of €1,842 million, 22.4% less than the previous year, although it moderated the impact of the health crisis thanks to the boost of online sales, which reached a weight of 42%.
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