Mango is celebrating the first anniversary of signing up to the Fashion Pact, a year in which the firm has made progress in the sustainable goals it has set itself. The use of sustainable fibres and the reduced use of plastic are two of the company’s priorities. During this first year, as well as establishing some common bases to make joint progress, the Fashion Pact is dedicating its efforts to working on two of its three pillars: fighting against climate change and protecting the oceans.
Specifically in the fight against climate change, in October Mango signed the United Nations Fashion Industry Charter, the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Change, which sets out 16 principles so that the fashion industry can work together to reduce its impact on climate change. These principles, focused on fighting climate change, aim to reduce greenhouse gases in its facilities, the supply chain and in logistics, among others.
According to Beatriz Bayo, Mango’s CSR Director, “this agreement clearly demonstrates that the fashion industry is committed to acting together on climate change, an example of the commitment by the sector necessary to deal with the scale of the climate challenge”.
The United Nations Fashion Industry Charter includes the goal to reduce greenhouse gases by 30% by 2030. Consequently, Mango is conducting a detailed study of its carbon footprint, which will allow it to establish certain Science-Based Targets (SBTs) throughout 2021 and draft the corresponding plan to reduce its emissions.
Projects initiated by Mango
Another company commitment has been to prioritise the use of more environmentally-friendly materials. In this regard, at the start of the year Mango announced its intention to increase the proportion of sustainable fibres in its collections and has consequently set itself the target for 100% of the cotton used in its garments to be of sustainable origin by 2025. The company also plans to increase the use recycled polyester in its garments, aiming to increase its use to 50% by 2025, and for 100% of the cellulose fibres used to be of controlled origin by 2030.
Simultaneously, and in order to make advances in the pillar to protect the oceans, Mango has recently initiated a project to replace the plastic bags in its packaging with paper bags. This involves eliminating, progressively and in collaboration with its suppliers, all the plastic bags it uses to distribute its products throughout the supply chain, approximately 160 million plastic bags per year. Mango is the first major company in the Spanish textile sector to carry out this action.