clothing recycling

H&M Will Pay $1 Million for Your World-Changing Ideas

Have an “aha” concept that will revolutionize the fashion industry? H&M is willing to pay you big bucks for it. The Swedish retailer has opened applications for a…

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We're Sending 26 Billion Pounds of Reusable Textiles to the Landfill Every Year

Photo by Celestine Ngulube/Unsplash “Fast fashion” is defined by three cardinal traits: it’s cheap, it’s trendy, and it’s expendable. It’s a tack…

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Inditex, Zara's Owner, Announces Plan to "Close the Loop" on Fashion

The world’s largest apparel retailer wants to close the loop on fashion. Cribbing a page from H&M’s playbook, Inditex is teaming up with Lenzing, the Austrian textile…

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This Short Film Reveals What Happens to the Clothes We Throw Away

The women who work at a garment-recycling plant across the Indian border have little idea where all the clothes they’re tasked with ripping apart come from. They engineer their…

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Amy Ward's Upcycled Knitwear is Big on Drama, Small on Footprint

Ecouterre is a media sponsor of the EcoChic Design Award As one of 10 finalists for the 2015/16 EcoChic Design Award, Amy Ward knows her way around textile waste. Born and raised in…

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Evrnu Recycles Old Cotton Garments Into New Fibers

FUTURE OF APPAREL Evrnu’s patent-pending technology “purifies” post-consumer cotton waste first by shredding it, then by breaking it down at a molecular level. Next, a…

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H&M Enlists M.I.A. to Collect 1,000 Tons of Used Clothing

One of the best things to come out of H&M’s sustainability push is its garment take-back program. Despite spanning all 3,900 of its stores in 61 markets worldwide, however,…

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Millennials More Likely Than Older Adults to Donate Unwanted Clothes

Photo by Shutterstock Millennials may have no idea how to sew on a button, but they’re also less likely than older adults to throw old clothes and other unwanted textiles into the…

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"Outlander's" Sam Heughan Urges Scots to Fill Up "Empty Shop" With Clothing Castoffs

As Jacobite rebel Jamie Fraser on television’s Outlander, Sam Heughan is used to getting his kit off. Now the actor wants his fellow Scots to do the same—that is, with clothing…

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5 Ideas That Could Transform the Fashion Industry

CLOSING THE LOOP “The response of the first Global Change Award is overwhelming,” Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of H&M and a board member of the H&M Conscious Foundation,…

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Levi's, Goodwill Making It Easier to Donate Clothing This Holiday Season

Levi Strauss wants to make it easier for its customers to donate used clothing and shoes this holiday season. In collaboration with Give Back Box, the denim giant is supplying free…

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€3.6 Million Project to Tackle Clothing Waste Launches Across Europe

Photo by Shutterstock Last Wednesday saw the launch of the European Clothing Action Plan, a new initiative to reduce textile waste across the European Union. Helmed by the United…

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EcoChic Design Award Launches Alumni Network

Ecouterre is a media sponsor of the 2015/16 EcoChic Design Award There’s much refashioning happening in the area of textile-waste-reduction, with designers around the world…

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Finnish Groups to Turn Waste Cotton Into New Fiber for Fashion Industry

A group of Finnish organizations are banding together to transform old cotton garments, particularly those unsuitable for reuse, into new fibers for the textile industry. Led by the VTT…

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Iggy Pop and H&M Want You to Recycle Your Clothes

Iggy Pop wants you to recycle your clothes. The American singer-songwriter has teamed up with H&M to highlight the retailer’s garment-collecting initiative. In a video…

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You Can Now Drop Off Your Unwanted Clothes at Any Levi's Store

Need to free up some closet space? With the expansion of Levi Strauss’s clothing-recycling scheme, you can now drop off your unwanted clothing and shoes—regardless of brand—at…

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"Give Back Box" Turns Old Shipping Cartons Into Goodwill Donations

The Los Angeles startup Give Back Box has made donating goods to charity an absolute no-brainer. Already owning a successful fashion ecommerce site called StyleupGirl, entrepeuner…

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Do You Have What It Takes to Cut the Waste Out of Fashion?

Ecouterre is the official media sponsor of the 2015/16 EcoChic Design Award. From East to West, the biggest competitive search in history is now on for emerging designers who have the…

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