Swedish fashion retailer Lindex has set the goal of making at least 80% of its garments from more sustainable fibres by 2020 – and has pledged that all cotton will come from sustainable sources by the same time.

The company, which operates more than 490 stores in 18 markets, has outlined the commitment in its tenth sustainability report.

"We are working steadily ahead towards our sustainability targets and our aim is that all garments are produced using more sustainable processes with less energy, water and chemicals and producing less waste", says CEO Ingvar Larsson.

Among its achievements to date, 16.3m garments were made from sustainable materials in 2014 - accounting for 22% of the total collections.

During the past year, its suppliers saved 900m litres of water through cleaner production projects in India and Bangladesh, and Lindex also became a partner to WaterAid as an extension of its water related sustainability work.

"Lindex suppliers’ production operations throughout the supply chain are significantly dependent on access to water, and we will continue our collaborations and projects with suppliers and other stakeholders where we are implementing responsible water usage", Larsson adds.

Another company goal to empower factory workers in their supply chain has now reached 8,000 female factory workers with education about their personal health. And in collaboration with QuizRR, Lindex is now developing a tool that will educate factory workers about their rights and responsibilities.

During 2014 the fashion chain also started collecting textiles for reuse and recycling in 50 selected stores in Sweden, using the Cirqle app and the Myrorna organisation, as part of plans to close the material loop.