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Spanish clothing brand Mango has vowed to eliminate the use of about 160m plastic bags per year in its supply chain.

It will replace the plastic bags in its packaging with paper bags and claims it is the first major company in the Spanish textile sector to do so.

The goal of the company, in collaboration with its suppliers, is to progressively eliminate all the plastic bags it uses to distribute products throughout its supply chain. 

The new bags will be made of tissue paper, the material derived from the natural pulp of renewable sources. Since paper products can be recycled on average between four and six times, the switch is also a nod to the circular economy,

Initially, the project will be launched in the local production of folded garments and in the online channel after successful pilot trials in Morocco, China and Turkey. Mango plans a full implementation for all of its garments by the end of 2021.

CEO Toni Ruiz, said: “This is a large scale project that will have a very positive impact on the environment, given that through its implementation we will stop using approximately 160m plastic bags a year. We are very happy to implement these types of projects that help us advance towards a more sustainable fashion, which in turn will allow us to implement the sustainable transformation of the company.”

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