The non-profit H&M Foundation and The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) have entered into a four year partnership to develop the required technologies to recycle blend textiles into new fabrics and yarns. The technology will be licensed widely to ensure broad market access and maximum impact. Apparel and textile products made from blended materials account for a high proportion of all textiles and apparel in the market today. As yet no commercially viable separation, sorting, and recycling technologies are available for many of the most popular materials, such as cotton and polyester blends.
Clothing made of citrus by-products, microbes that digest waste polyester, and an online marketplace for textile leftovers are some of the five disruptive ideas that shared the first €1 million Global Change Award grant in 2015. The challenge is designed to spur early innovations that can accelerate the shift from a linear to a circular fashion industry, with the aim of protecting the planet and our living conditions. On September 1st, the non-profit H&M Foundation opens the second Global Change Award.
On 10 February, HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden awarded the winners of the first Global Change Award, an annual innovation challenge for circular fashion initiated by the non-profit H&M Foundation. Most votes, and a grant of €300,000, were awarded to the Finnish team behind Making waste-cotton new; conversion of waste-cotton into new textile. To further accelerate the transformation towards a circular fashion industry, the Foundation now launches the Global Change Award Network, an open-source database for innovations.
The five winners of the first ever Global Change Award have been selected by the expert jury. The ideas range from creating new textile out of citrus juice by-products and an online marketplace for recycling of textile leftovers to using microbes to recycle waste polyester. Now, the global public is asked to allocate the €1 million grant between the winners in an online vote starting today at globalchangeaward.com.