the total grant of the Global Change Award, to be shared by the five winning ideas.
the year when a ground-breaking method to recycle blend textiles was found within our partnership with HKRITA.
countries and almost 3,000 applicants were submitted to the Global Change Award in 2016.
As one of the largest industries in the world, the fashion industry needs to reinvent itself and produce fashion for a growing world population while operating within the planetary boundaries. To better meet the challenges facing our world, the H&M Foundation added Planet as a focus area in 2015, aiming to find game changers for the entire industry.
We work in different ways to protect the planet:
To speed up the shift to a circular and sustainable fashion industry, the H&M Foundation launched the innovation challenge Global Change Award in 2015 – one of the largest innovation challenges in the world, and the first of its kind for the fashion industry.
One of the main challenges in the fashion industry today is making new garments out of blend textiles. To change this, we partnered with The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) in 2016, in a research project on textile recycling, the biggest of its kind. The goal is to develop methods for recycling blend textiles into new fabrics and yarns.