Apart from the €1 million grant the winners of Global Change Award also get access to an accelerator program. But what is this program all about?
Today, the H&M Foundation and The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) open two first of its kind textile recycling facilities in Hong Kong. The award-winning hydrothermal recycling technology is for the first time put into practice at scale. In addition, a miniaturized Garment-To-Garment Recycling System is opened for the public.
Today, the non-profit H&M Foundation opens the fourth round of its annual innovation challenge Global Change Award at globalchangeaward.com. With over 8,000 entries from 151 countries since 2015, it’s the go-to competition for circular innovation and has been named the Nobel Prize of fashion. It provides powerful funding and yearlong coaching to innovators who come up with solutions to spark the shift towards a circular fashion industry, protecting the planet and our living conditions. This year there’s an extra eye on ideas within digitalization. The applications period is open until 17 October.
The world’s first TEDx event in a refugee camp will take place at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in the Kenyan northern county of Turkana on June 9, 2018. The TEDx event is part of an ongoing 30 million SEK collaboration between UNHCR and H&M Foundation, supporting half a million refugee children with the school supplies they need to attend school in Chad, Ethiopia, Iran, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sudan, South-Sudan, Syria, Uganda and Yemen.
The circular economy of the future starts with the material innovators of today. With support from H&M Foundation, Fashion Positive has just released its first Emerging Material Innovators Report, highlighting the most promising innovators working towards a circular future.
Worn-out and damaged clothes are often just thrown away, instead of being repaired. This leads to enormous amounts of textile waste. What if your t-shirt or jacket instead could repair itself and extend its lifecycle?
In 2015 alone, more than 10,000 unaccompanied children went missing on the move through Europe and thousands more have continued to go missing since. Records shows that up to 50% of unaccompanied children go missing within the first 48 hours of being placed in European centres. With financial support from the H&M Foundation, Missing Children Europe is using smart technology to help young newcomers find their way to safety.
From food crops, smart stitches and 3D-modelled clothes, to advanced recycling processes and biodegradable clothes with health benefits. On March 20, five innovations that can help speed up the shift to a circular fashion industry were awarded the third Global Change Award, sharing a 1 million euro grant from the non-profit H&M Foundation.