Primark has announced that it is making significant progress toward its goal of using only recycled or sustainably sourced materials for all its clothes by 2030.
This year, more than half of the clothes it manufactured were made from these types of materials, an increase from 45% last year, as stated in its 2023 Sustainability and Ethics Report.
The company increased its usage of sustainable cotton, with 46% of cotton clothing containing organic, recycled, or sourced from the Primark Sustainable Cotton Programme, up from 40% last year.
In addition, Primark has implemented a traceability and compliance platform, TrusTrace, to gather data from the entire supply chain, from raw materials to finished products. This initiative will help the fashion chain better understand and manage its supply chain.
Lynne Walker, Primark Cares director, stated, “Primark Cares is driving everyone in Primark to change. Year two was about gaining momentum: scaling and embedding the principles, programmes, and processes that will take us to 2030 and beyond, while acknowledging the learnings we face along the way.”
“We continue to work with our partners and suppliers to drive change, and we’ve learnt more than ever how collaboration is crucial for delivery of our Primark Cares commitments. We’ve also been focused on upskilling and training our colleagues, who are an integral part of how we make change happen in our business.”
Earlier this month, Primark’s owner ABF reported “excellent” trading at the value chain as it aims for higher profits in the coming year.
The retailer attributed the sales increase to not only price rises, but also well-received product ranges, good footfall, strong performing new stores, and the rollout of its revamped website.