When the Global Change Award, called the Nobel Prize of sustainable fashion, turned five years old, we celebrated our five new winners:
- €300,000 – Incredible Cotton by GALY (US/Brazil). Using biotechnology to create lab-grown cotton.
- €250,000 – Feature Fibres by Werewool (US). Fabrics created on DNA level with natural colours, stretch and other features.
- €150,000 – Tracing Threads by TextileGenesis (India). Tracking sustainable fibres through transparent and reliable blockchain technology.
- €150,000 – Zero Sludge by SeaChange Technologies (US). Separating and cleaning wastewater to eliminate toxic sludge in landfills.
- €150,000 – Airwear by Fairbrics (France). Converting greenhouse gas into sustainable polyester.
Due to COVID-19, we had to cancel the renowned prize ceremony and summit, which used to gather key people from the fashion industry globally to discuss innovation, sustainability and to meet and celebrate our new and past winners.
Digital sessions bring value
Our year-long Innovation Accelerator Program which usually includes study trips to Hong Kong, New York and Stockholm, had to be done digitally instead. Though we still believe the physical meeting is matchless to build relationships and discuss creatively, we realised that our new digital Accelerator Program had many benefits. We now have weekly Accelerator sessions, inviting guests and speakers from all over the world. Apart from our new winners, we also invite our alumni and we almost have 100% attendance every time.
Reinventing the fashion industry
What has happened in five years time with the Global Change Award? Hear what some of our friends say.