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Zara Commits to Going Toxic-Free

Pretty soon, we can all start feeling a little less guilty about shopping at Zara.
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Pretty soon, we can all start feeling a little less guilty about shopping at Zara.

Just last week, Greenpeace published a very eye-opening and somewhat terrifying report on the hazardous chemicals clothing companies use to manufacture many of their products.

One of the worst offenders was high street giant Zara. Traces of hazardous chemicals--chemicals that, when released into the environment, are harmful and potentially cancer-causing--were found on seventy percent of the Zara clothing items Greenpeace tested.

Greenpeace mobilized to put pressure on companies to commit to making their supply chains toxic-free. At the time of the study, Zara made no commitment whatsoever. But now, thankfully, they're changing their tune.

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According to a release put out today by Greenpeace, Zara has committed to "eliminating all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its entire supply chain and products by 2020."

The commitment is a response to more than just Greenpeace's report. Following the report, demonstrations and protests have taken place at Zara locations all over the world.

Now if only they'd just stop knocking off designers (just kidding).

“Greenpeace welcomes Zara’s commitment to toxic-free fashion,” said Greenpeace Toxics Campaigner, John Deans. “This commitment from the worlds largest fashion retailer shows that fashion without pollution is possible. There is no reason that other brands can’t meet the same standards.”

Hopefully fellow offending brands, that we otherwise really like, like Victoria's Secret and Gap, will follow Zara's lead.

You can read Zara's full commitment, and how they plan to achieve it, on parent company Inditex's website here.