H&M to launch global recycling program


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Every year, tons of textiles are thrown out with domestic waste and end up in landfills. More than 95% of these clothes could be used again — re-worn, reused or recycled — depending on the state of the garment. Beginning in February, you will be able to reduce the environmental impact of clothes throughout their lifecycle by exchanging used clothing for discounts at H&M stores worldwide. You get rid of your old stuff and get a discount on new stuff. Score!

H&M will be the first fashion company to roll out garment collecting in select stores worldwide. Through this global initiative, H&M’s customers can help save natural resources and contribute to reduced environmental impact by avoiding textile waste. Any pieces of clothing, from any brand and in any condition, will be accepted. In return, the customer will receive a voucher for each bag of clothing donated.

“Our sustainability efforts are rooted in a dedication to social and environmental responsibility. 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,” says Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of H&M.

Through its Conscious Foundation, H&M has made it its mission to reduce the environmental impact of garments throughout their lifecycle by closing the loop on textile fiber and supporting social projects along H&M’s value chain. Its ultimate goal is to find long-term technical solutions to reuse and recycle textile fibers on a larger scale.