H&M recycles second hand Clothes
Swedish fashion giant H&M has just released its 12th sustainability report which focused on the development of more sustainable clothes through recycled products.
In the company’s ‘2014 Conscious Actions Sustainability Report,’ achievements in their recycling efforts for 2013 had been highlighted, including the collection of more than 3,000 tonnes of unwanted clothes from H&M shops worldwide.
Sustainability Head Helena Helmersson proudly announced that of the first collection of used clothes, the company was able to make a batch of denims made from 20% recycled fibres. ‘We have found a way to use the cotton fibres in our clothing,’ she said.
Helmersson said that H&M hoped to use more than just 20% recycled fibres in its e-friendly lines. However, if they used more then the firm would ‘not manage to fulfill our demands on quality.’
Aside from developing new clothes using pre-loved garments, H&M was also proud to announce the launching of their more sustainable line called ‘Conscious Collection.’ The collection uses materials like recycled PET bottles and cattle hide from the meat industry to create clothes.
The sustainability report also reviewed labourer’s wages and whether they should be raised or not. This comes after H&M was criticised for not taking enough action to improve their workers’ living conditions in Cambodia and Bangladesh.