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Inditex: Waste Generation in 2021

  • In 2021, the total waste generated by Inditex was 20.4 thousand tonnes, an increase of 10.4% over 2020
  • Of the total waste generated by Inditex in 2021, 65% of the waste was cardboard and paper waste
  • Inditex has committed to zero waste to landfills generated at its facilities by 2023

Waste Generated by Inditex

Waste Generation in the Retail Sector

Retail waste management has been a perennial problem that haunts the retail industry. Not only does retail waste cost them money but it also causes serious environmental problems.

The most common types of retail waste include waste from packaging such as cardboard, plastics, papers, fillers, and general waste from customers. Discarded packaging and shipping materials are just the beginning of retail waste disposal problems. Returning items to the retailer or manufacturer produce a lot of waste since the original packaging just goes back to its origin.

Waste Management by Inditex

Inditex SA (Inditex) is an in-store and online retailer that designs, distributes, and retails apparel for men, women, and children. Its product portfolio includes clothing and leather garments and apparel such as designs and fabrics, lingerie, sweatshirts, t-shirts, jeans, and sports clothing. The company offers sheets, blankets, quilts, towels, tablecloths, bath linen, dishware, glassware, hygiene products, and home decoration objects and accessories. Inditex operates retail stores under various commercial concepts including Zara, Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home, Zara Kids, and Uterque.

The total waste generated by Inditex in 2021 was 20.4 thousand tonnes, an increase of 10.4% over 2020. Of the total waste generated by the company, 65% of the waste was cardboard and paper waste (13.25 thousand tonnes). The company generated 31.43 tonnes of hazardous waste which is a minimal amount in consideration of the total waste generated.

Inditex diverted 92% of the total non-hazardous waste generated in 2021 through recycling or reuse. The company has committed to zero waste to landfills generated at its facilities (headquarters, logistics centers, factories, and stores) by 2023.

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