Inditex to start charging for paper bags in Spanish stores

Robert Stockdill

Robert Stockdill

Spanish fashion retailer Inditex, parent of Zara, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear, and Stradavarius, among others, will start charging all customers in its home market a fee for paper bags – but it won’t be pocketing the cash.

The fee – of 10 euro cents (US 12 cents) – will be charged at all 1400 stores in Spain in a trial ahead of expanding the charge into other markets. The company sees the fee as part of its broader push towards operating a sustainable business by encouraging customers to bring their own reusable bags rather than rely on the store to provide them. Until now, payment for bags has been voluntary.

The funds collected will be invested in environmental programs run by not-for-profit organisations in Sapin.

“It’s a further step … We want to encourage customers to reuse bags,” a spokesperson for Inditex told Reuters.

While only launched in one market – for now – Spanish stores account for 14 per cent of the company’s worldwide sales.

Inditex has previously committed to eliminating plastic throughout its operations. Bags made from recycled paper have already been introduced to replace plastic bags in stores and for online orders.

Inditex is one of 400 global fashion companies to commit to environmental organisation Canopy’s campaign to reduce the industry’s impact on forest ecosystems.

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Robert Stockdill

Robert Stockdill

Robert Stockdill is a content writer with more than 30 years of experience in five countries. His style has built upon award-winning success in news and features in the print media to leadership in digital communication, spanning news websites, social media, magazines, brochures, and contributing to books. Recognising the devastating impact of consumer behaviour on the planet and wanting to help make a difference Robert launched Viable.Earth as a platform to celebrate positive contributions by brands, companies and individuals towards reducing environmental impact and improve sustainability – especially in the fields of fashion, beauty, food, lifestyle, and transportation.


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