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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.
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.
In connection to the World Economic Forum in Davos, H&M Foundation’s Global Manager Anna Gedda met with veteran news presenter Andrew Wilson in an interview series promoting the world’s innovators, leaders experts and academics with the aim of driving positive change.
In 2020, the H&M Foundation launched a first of its kind USD 11 million initiative, Saamuhika Shakti, aiming to equip informal waste pickers in India to lift themselves out of poverty. Now, the reclaimed plastic waste is becoming a valued resource in the fashion and textile industry.