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Is H&M doing some damage control? Not long after a Swedish broadcast accused the fast-fashion giant of facilitating sweatshop-like conditions overseas, H&M has reaffirmed its commitment to increasing fire-safety awareness among its suppliers and their employees in garment factories in Bangladesh, announced the formalization of a human-rights policy based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and unveiled a sustainably produced urban-cycling capsule collection for men. The retailer’s next charm offensive is a biggie: The launch of a first-of-its-kind clothing-collection initiative that spans all 48 of its markets worldwide.

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The company says it will help its customers avoid textile waste by accepting items of clothing from any brand and in any condition. Beginning February, for every bag deposited, the customer will receive a voucher to put towards a future H&M purchase. The collected garments will then be handled by I:Collect, a clothing-recycling firm that will reprocess the materials and make them available for new use.

The company plans to help its customers avoid textile waste by accepting items of clothing from any brand and in any condition.

“Our sustainability efforts are rooted in a dedication to social and environmental responsibility,” says Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of H&M. “We want to do good for the environment, which is why we are now offering our customers a convenient solution: to be able to leave their worn-out or defective garments with H&M.”

While this doesn’t change the fact that H&M mostly traffics in disposable clothing, the retailer claims it wants to reduce the environmental impact of its garments by creating a closed loop for textiles.

There’s also a question about the recyclability of cheap, low-grade “Frankenfabrics” that contaminate natural fibers with non-biodegradable synthetics. But H&M insists that as much as 95 percent of the clothes we landfill can be reworn, reused, or recycled, depending on their condition.

H&M follows the lead of Marks & Spencer, which in April introduced a U.K.-wide clothing-recycling program, dubbed “Shwopping,” that rewards shoppers who surrender an unwanted piece of clothing every time they buy a new one.

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4 Responses to “H&M Becomes First Fashion Company to Launch Global Clothes-Recycling”

  1. gyakusoubruh says:

    maybe they can recycle the MMM x H&M line into something useful?

  2. cybergabi (@cybergabi) says:

    It would be nice if THEY made their clothes from recycled fabrics instead of selling the used clothes to other companies. As it is, it sounds more like they’re out to earn twice from their products. Which would, frankly, be disgusting.

  3. genifer says:

    I would much rather donate my used clothes to a non profit organization then support a massive polluter like H&M

  4. sun says:

    “But H&M insists that as much as 95 percent of the clothes we landfill can be reworn, reused, or recycled, depending on their condition.”
    What will happen to the clothes that still be worth wearing? Shipped to Africa like all the other tons? Filling the landfills of the continent and the destroying the local production?!

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