Winning is just the beginning. Now, the journey to push each GCA winner out of the lab and into the hands of consumers, brands and suppliers starts. This is how to scale at speed, according to the experts.
On June 6, the dam of the Nova Kakhovka hydroelectric power station in south Ukraine was destroyed, leading to severe flooding in downstream settlements in Kherson oblast. The destruction has left tens of thousands of people in a dire humanitarian situation, with their homes and livelihoods at risk. The H&M Foundation supports the Red Cross in their work to provide immediate relief, including shelter, food, clean water, and other essential support to those impacted by the disaster.
Recyclable and biodegradable polyurethane, food waste polyester, circular dyeing, natural bio-colours, ultra high-performing textiles, seaweed material, AI textile sorting, corn husk and sugarcane fabric, zero waste pattern system, textile-to-textile recycling for polyesters – these are the ten Global Change Award winners 2023, sharing a €2 million grant from the non-profit H&M Foundation.
In response to the extremely severe Cyclone Mocha that has hit Myanmar and Bangladesh, H&M Foundation is donating USD250,000 to the Red Cross/Red Crescent
Inclusive circularity is key in a positive future for the textile industry. These startups have integrated social inclusion in their circular business models from the get go. Explore the latest updates from four of our Techtonic winners.
To radically transform the textile industry, the boldest ideas must succeed. Here, we check in with three future-shaping innovators whose digital tools, ground-breaking materials, and regenerative processes are reshaping the textile industry in real-time.
H&M Foundation and Saamuhika Shakti are expanding on the inclusive circularity learnings and welcome two new partners that are developing Circular Textiles Waste Management Models (CTWM), with waste pickers playing the lead role.
As the textile industry modernizes, a new perspective comes into play regarding workers’ rights and social inclusion. With tech and robotics entering the industry, an additional setup of skills and support is needed – and there’s an urgent opportunity to equip women for the upcoming digital transformation.
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.
The application phase is over, the shortlist is in — these are the finalists of the Global Change Award 2023, that our Expert Panel is currently screening.