Is Zara Clothing Cruelty-Free?

Is the fan-favourite kind to animals?

Last Updated on February 7, 2022

No one does it like Zara.

Its pieces aren’t just unbelievably chic for high street, but their prices are so affordable too. But if you’re someone who prioritises cruelty-free products, will you enjoy shopping there too?

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It’s no secret that we’re becoming more conscious as consumers, so we’re starting to examine whether or not our favourite brands meet our new standards.

woman wewaring zara blazer and skirt

So I’m sure the question you really want answered right now is: should you still buy from Zara? Is it cruelty-free? I looked up the answers, and here’s everything I found out.

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Does Zara use animal skin?

Zara’s animal welfare policy is aligned with Five Freedoms, which includes a ban on fur and angora. Under the policy, Zara also doesn’t stock products tested on animals. So in a nutshell, yes, Zara is cruelty-free.

The Spanish retailer has also taken it a step further by offering vegan clothing made with materials such as acrylic wool jumpers and faux leather jackets.

Zara also has a dedicated range of vegan products under its Join Life program. The brand has shared that its primary goal for 2022 is for 50% of its pieces to be manufactured using the Join Life standards.

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Is Zara PETA-approved?

While the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has not endorsed Zara in any way or form, the organisation does have the clothing label on its list of mainstream retailers selling vegan clothing and shoes.

Is it ethical to buy from Zara?

It’s worth noting that while Zara has made steps towards becoming a more sustainable brand, it still operates in a fast fashion model.  There have also been several instances where the brand’s staff’s wages and working conditions were questioned.

The brand has promised to improve working conditions but as of writing, it still doesn’t pay its workers a living wage.

To learn more about Zara’s sustainability efforts and ethical practices, check out our report here.