Recyclable and biodegradable polyurethane, food waste polyester, circular dyeing, natural bio-colours, ultra high-performing textiles, seaweed material, AI textile sorting, corn husk and sugarcane fabric, zero waste pattern system, textile-to-textile recycling for polyesters – these are the ten Global Change Award winners 2023, sharing a €2 million grant from the non-profit H&M Foundation.
Inclusive circularity is key in a positive future for the textile industry. These startups have integrated social inclusion in their circular business models from the get go. Explore the latest updates from four of our Techtonic winners.
To radically transform the textile industry, the boldest ideas must succeed. Here, we check in with three future-shaping innovators whose digital tools, ground-breaking materials, and regenerative processes are reshaping the textile industry in real-time.
H&M Foundation and Saamuhika Shakti are expanding on the inclusive circularity learnings and welcome two new partners that are developing Circular Textiles Waste Models (CTWM), with waste pickers playing the lead role.
As the textile industry modernizes, a new perspective comes into play regarding workers’ rights and social inclusion. With tech and robotics entering the industry, an additional setup of skills and support is needed – and there’s an urgent opportunity to equip women for the upcoming digital transformation.
The technology developed by The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) with the support of H&M Foundation, can separate microplastics from wastewater using soundwaves. Acousweep is a plug-and-play application. The technology can be easily transported and connected to any wastewater facility. If the technology is implemented at an industrial scale, it will have a significant impact on the fashion industry’s sustainable footprint.
During the application period, 20 Oct 2022 – 8 Dec 2022, creative ideas to help shift the industry into a planet positive one poured in. We’re now a couple of weeks into the comprehensive screening process, and applications have been shortlisted to 20 entries.