Vote now for H&M Foundation’s Global Change Award.
To speed up the shift to a circular waste-free fashion industry, H&M Foundation initiated the yearly innovation challenge Global Change Award in 2015, calling for game-changing ideas that can help reinvent the entire industry.
The second round of winners are chosen, and now the public decides how to split the grant of EUR 1 million between the five winners – a unique opportunity to influence one of the world’s most powerful industries and contribute to a sustainable future. The online vote is open March 27 – April 2 on globalchangeaward.com.
The winners of 2016 represent a broad range of ideas – a digital content thread that facilitates recycling of clothes, carbon-binding nylon made from biomass and solar energy instead of oil, vegetal leather made from wine production waste, used denim that gives color to new denim and an idea that turns cow manure into biodegradable textiles.
“The second round of Global Change Award received 2,883 innovative ideas from 130 countries. Cross-border challenges call for a cross-border approach. I am convinced that by bringing people from different industries, with different backgrounds and perspectives together we can make a fundamental shift, speeding up the transition to a circular waste-free fashion industry,” says KarlJohan Persson, Board member of H&M Foundation and CEO H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB.
”On a planet that is not sustainable, every industry must change its practices. The Global Change Award is one of the boldest efforts to catalyse transformation in an unsustainable industry, and H&M Foundation’s prize winners embody the enormous potential of innovative science and technology to make a difference,” says Ellis Rubinstein, President and CEO at The New York Academy of Sciences and member of the Global Change Award expert panel.
Vote Online Between March 27 and April 2. Place your vote on one of the five winning innovations on globalchangeaward.com. The result, as well as the people behind the innovations, will be revealed on April 5 at a Grand Award Ceremony at the City Hall in Stockholm, Sweden.
The winners of Global Change Award 2016:
Denim-dyed denim – Letting used denim give color to new denim Breaking down old denim into fine particles and turning it into a coloring powder to dye new denim or make prints on other textiles. This method reduces both water and energy used for production, as well as reuses old denim instead of it going to waste.
Solar textiles – Harvesting the sun’s energy to make fashion fabrics Using only water, plant waste and solar energy to produce decomposable nylon, instead of oil, is good news for the planet. And if this isn’t enough, the nylon also binds greenhouse gasses into the material, contributing to a zero-emissions world.
Content thread – A digital thread that lets us know what we’re wearing Weaving a tiny RFID thread with a digitalized “ingredients list” into the garment, the recycling process will become much more efficient and less will go to waste, as it’s suddenly clear what materials the garment consists of.
Manure couture – Making cow manure-based fabric Extracting and using the valuable cellulose in cow manure to create a biodegradable textile. The significant reduced release of methane gas and substances that pollutes soil, water and air, is an added bonus.
Grape leather – Using leftovers from winemaking to create fully vegetal leather Using leftovers from wine production to produce fine vegetal leather is great for animal welfare and eliminates the need for oil to make synthetic leather. The fact that the grape skins and stalks are used for something good, instead of combustion, is an extra plus.
source: H&M Global Change Award