H&M FOUNDATION: Inventive New Ways to Recycle Textiles

H&M Foundation, along with The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) showcases the new concept of Closed-Loop Apparel Recycling Eco-System.

Find a new way to discard clothing that you no longer wish to wear or keep.  No longer is it acceptable to throw your clothes in the bin, and be done with it. Fashion waste has become a burdening issue, it is estimated that a person on average, throws away 70 pounds worth of (wearable and recylcable) clothing in the bin annually.  This is leading to a very destructive landfill and waste problem.

Find new ways to discard clothing, and expect more about where it will end up. Know what and where your discarded clothing will be used for.

One of the ways is to drop off your clothing at H&M- H&M has launched the Global Garment Collecting Initiative since 2013, aiming to give used garments a new life and prevent textiles from ending up in landfills. Unwanted textiles are collected in every H&M stores worldwide. Every piece collected will get a new life through rewear, reuse or recycling into new fibres that eventually end up as a new fashion.

To learn more about how H&M foundation HKRITA is using your discarded clothing, go to see the  new concept of innovative Closed-Loop Apparel Recycling Eco-System in the Swedish Pavilion of the DesignInspire 2017 from December 7th – 9th, 2017.

H&M Foundation supported by the Global Garment Collecting Program, initiated the four-year partnership project with HKRITA in September 2016. The contribution of 5.8 million euros by H&M Foundation and additional funding from the Innovative and Technology Fund of Hong Kong SAR Government will help to spearhead a series of research. The project aims to investigate at least one ready technology to recycle clothes made from blend textiles into new fibres and yarns. The project has successfully developed a hydrothermal (chemical) process and a biological process to fully separate and recycle cotton and polyester blends. The recovered polyester material can be reused directly, without any quality loss. This is a major breakthrough in the journey towards a closed loop for textiles. The technology will be scaled up and tested further to prove commercial viability. When finalised, the technology will be licensed widely through HKRITA to ensure broad market access and maximum impact. It will benefit the environment as well as people and communities.

This new concept of innovative Closed-Loop Apparel Recycling Eco-system is in the showcase of the Swedish Pavilion of the DesignInspire 2017. Details are given as below:
Date & Time:
7-8 December 2017 (Thu-Fri) 9:30am-7:00pm
9 December 2017 (Sat) 9:30am-6:30pm
Venue: Swedish Pavilion, Hall 3D-E, The Hong Kong Conventional and Exhibition Centre
Admission: Free Admission

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