Innovation

Our aim is to speed up meaningful innovation that can help solve the greatest challenges our society has ever faced and thereby protect living conditions for people globally as well as safeguarding the planetary boundaries.

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H&M Foundation launches third annual Global Change Award

The annual Global Change Award, initiated by the non-profit H&M Foundation, aims to protect our planet and living conditions by accelerating the shift from a linear to a circular fashion industry. The five winners share a €1 million grant, along with a one-year innovation accelerator program providing tailor-made support and invaluable access to the fashion industry. Last year, more than 2,800 applications from 130 countries were submitted. Today, the third round opens for applications at globalchangeaward.com.
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Technological breakthrough: new method for recycling blend textiles into new fibres

The four-year innovative partnership between the non-profit H&M Foundation and The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) finds groundbreaking solutions to recycle blend textiles into new fabrics and yarns – without any quality loss – through a hydrothermal process using heat and pressure. The technology will be scaled up and made available to the global fashion industry. The finding is a major breakthrough in the journey towards a closed loop for textiles.
Winners of Global Change Award 2018
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Five innovators awarded for ideas that help create a circular fashion industry

The public have cast their votes. On April 5, at a ceremony in Stockholm City Hall, the five winners of H&M Foundation’s innovation challenge Global Change Award were awarded. The 1 million euro grant was split between the winners by the global public in an online vote. In addition, a trend report is released today highlighting learnings about the future of sustainable fashion by looking at the thousands of disruptive ideas from 130 different countries.
Launch image for GCA 2017
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Giving the public power to split 1 million euro between innovations that can reinvent the fashion industry

To speed up the shift to a circular waste-free fashion industry, H&M Foundation initiated the yearly innovation challenge Global Change Award in 2015, calling for game-changing ideas that can help reinvent the entire industry. The second round of winners are chosen, and now the public decides how to split the grant of EUR 1 million between the five winners – a unique opportunity to influence one of the world’s most powerful industries and contribute to a sustainable future. The online vote is open March 27 – April 2 on globalchangeaward.com.