The company that owns these shops says all cotton, linen and polyester they sell will be organic, sustainable or recycled. Zara has 64 UK stores, and its parent company has 7,490 shops worldwide. Reacting to the news, Friends of the Earth told Radio 1 Newsbeat it would be “better for everyone if the industry sold clothes made to last.” Over the past few years, a lot of what we buy has been criticised for being fast fashion – clothes we barely use.
From next year, containers will appear in Zara stores to collect your old clothes so they can be reused or recycled into new items. Some people in the fashion industry have been calling for more clothes recycling in order to protect the environment – while politicians think brands and shops should fund clothes recycling. People in the UK send 235 million items of clothing to landfill each year, according to the most recent figures.