H&M Foundation received almost 3,000 applications from 130 countries, 5 are the Global Change winners announced April 5 during Global Change Award Ceremony.
The five winners are:
1) €300,000 – Grape Leather: Using leftovers from winemaking to create fully vegetal leather.
Italian Team: Rosa Rossella Longobardo, Gianpiero Tessitore, Francesco Merlino and Valentina Longobardo.
“We are deeply glad that such a prestigious Foundation recognised the value of our innovation and strongly believed in it. Our first objectives will consist in switching from a pilot to an industrial scale production of Wine leather fabric and starting a green, cruelty-free revolution within the leather industry, finally solving its related issues and overexploitation.”. Grape Leather team
Producing animal and synthetic leather is water, chemical and energy consuming. But by using waste from wine production, such as grape skins and stalks, a new type of vegetal leather can be produced without the bad stuff.
Leather production is particularly straining on our planet as it demands a large amount of water and chemicals which pollute the air, land and ground. Synthetic leather uses oil as raw material which is also bad news. Both consumers and the fashion industry want a green and animal free alternative. With this innovation, it can come in the form of grape skins and stalks. Using winemaking leftovers as a resource paves the way for a new type of vegetal leather. Instead of burning the leftovers from winemaking, which creates carbon dioxide, it becomes raw material in a process that doesn’t need any harmful chemicals. The animals are happier and it even generates water as a bonus.
The idea is in its beginning stage and the next step will be to scale it, refining the process and creating partnerships within the fashion industry.
2) €250,000 – Solar Textiles
US/Switzerland Team: Miguel A. Modestino, Sophia Haussener, Daniela Blanco, Adlai Katzenberg and Saurab Tembhurne.
3) €150,000 – Content Thread
US/UK Team: Anura Rathnayake, Natasha Franck, Peter Cockitt, Trevor O’Brien and Anna Kimmelman.
4) €150,000 – Denim-dyed Denim
Australian Team lead: Professor Xungai Wang, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Rebecca Van Amber, Dr Christopher Hurren and Dr Nolene Byrne.
5) €150,000 – Manure Couture:
Dutch Team: Jalila Essaidi, George Johannes van Trier and Virendya Batja.
Besides the cheque, all winners get access to a one-year innovation accelerator including coaching, network opportunities and workshop trips to Stockholm, Shanghai and Milan, to move their innovations to the next level.
source: H&M Foundation- Global Change Award