After learning the staggering fact that the vast majority of fabric can be recycled, yet 85% of all textiles end up in landfills each year, H&M became the first fashion company to launch a global garment collecting initiative. With the aim to minimize waste going into landfills by finding a solution to reuse and recycle textile fibers for new use, all donated clothing is sent to a recycling facility where they will be given a new life. Since the launch in 2013, almost thirty million pounds of product has been collected. H&M offers garments in every category made from more sustainable materials.
As the world’s number one user of organic cotton, the brand is consistently evolving to source new materials and innovative processes. New fabrications such as PET bottles turned into recycled polyester, and assessments on methods such as testing and using less energy and water to create capsule collections such as H&M’s Conscious Denim collection, all work together to create a positive impact on our planet. Most recently highlighted is H&M’s fourth Conscious Exclusive collection fronted by actress and humanitarian Olivia Wilde, which launched in stores on April 16th.
The limited-edition collection, which embodies details derived from global influences and cultures, is made from more sustainable and recycled materials including recycled sequins and beads, recycled silk, and Tencel/Lyocell. Coming off the heels of the release of the brand’s thirteenth Sustainability Report, everything that the brand does must be run in a way that is economically, socially, and environmentally friendly.
Focusing on the desire to increase the use of renewable energy and recycled materials, H&M’s goal is to make more sustainable fashion choices available, affordable, and attractive to as many people as possible.