Spanish Brand Mango Advances its Sustainability Goals, Planning to Only Use Recycled Polyester by 2025

Spanish fashion powerhouse Mango is making progress in the area of sustainability by promoting its “Committed” label, which groups together items that the company identifies as having “less environmental impact”.

The Spanish fashion industry is one of the most prominent in the world. It represents 2.8% of Spain’s GDP as well as generating thousands of jobs and is one of the most internationally recognised. 

This is thanks to groups such as Inditex and Tendam or brands that have grown significantly in recent years such as Bimba y Lola, Mango, Scalpers or Desigual. Find in this list the history and some details of the Spanish fashion brands that currently stand out the most.


Mango by Amancio Ortega

Mango, one of the most successful brands in Spain, was founded in 1984 by Isak Andic. It’s characterised by its contemporary, effective and timeless style for its women’s, men’s and children’s collections. 

Under the Inditex group, it’s a similar brand to Zara and Massimo Dutti, as the lines feature both contemporary and classic designs. The quality is quite good for the price you pay, as it’s a bit more expensive than Zara but cheaper than Massimo. They launched a sustainable clothing collection called “Committed” which is produced with recycled fabrics and organic cotton.

With more than 7000 shops of its 8 brands in 200 markets worldwide, Inditex is one of the largest fashion companies in the world. It was founded by Amancio Ortega in the 1960s in A Coruña. The company has been able to adapt to the passing of time under the premise of always listening to the customer, knowing about what trends they want and getting them to the customers quickly. 

They also have the Violeta line, focused on a market that had been forgotten for a long time, that of women who are looking for extra sizes but with good styles and following trends. They have shops all over the world, and as a curious fact, as the Mango brand is registered in some countries, they have had to change to MNG.

Making Advances Towards Sustainability

By the end of 2021, 80% of the garments in the Spanish fashion group’s catalogue incorporated recycled polyester, which reached 45% of its offer in 2020 and 16% in 2019. In this sense, Mango’s plans are for all of its designs to be included under the Committed umbrella by 2022, as it announced last spring.

What does the label Committed incur? It’s used on articles that contain at least 30% of fibres such as organic, recycled or BCI cotton, recycled polyester, recycled wool or Tencel and that have been manufactured with more sustainable production processes. 

In addition, like the rest of Mango’s articles, they have been produced in factories that have been examined through social audits and comply with product safety regulations.

Beyond the extension of this label, Mango announced on Tuesday, February 15, the advancement of some of its sustainability goals. Thus, it expects that all the polyester used 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 fibres used will be of controlled and traceable origin, “which means reaching the commitment five years earlier than estimated,” he stressed.


Goals Hit in 2021

Mango has detailed that last year it reached 91% of the use of more sustainable cotton, 59% of cellulose fibres of controlled origin and 54% of recycled polyester.

Also last year, the Spanish fashion group joined as a partner in ZDHC’s Roadmap to Zero program, an initiative focused on improving water management and optimizing the management of chemicals in wet processes in the production chain. In parallel, the company joined Canopy Style, a proposal focused on protecting forests by ensuring the responsible sourcing of all pulp materials.

In line with its transparency strategy, in December the company published a list of the mills in its global supply chain, updated the 2020 list with Tier 1 mills and included Tier 2 mills. This year, it plans to also disclose the list of third-tier (Tier 3) factories, linked to material suppliers.

In terms of emissions, the group has committed to reducing its direct emissions and those generated by the energy it consumes by 80% by 2030, as well as reducing emissions in its supply chain by 35% by the same year.

Founded in Barcelona in 1984, Mango is present in more than 110 countries. Pending its 2021 results, the company ended the 2020 fiscal year with sales of 1,842 million euros, 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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