H&M conscious foundation Global Change Award 2015

The Challenge.

One of the biggest challenges for the fashion industry lies in the intense resource consumption – and in the millions of tons of textile waste that ends up in landfills each year. There is an urgency to radically depart from the “take, make, waste” production and consumption models to a circular approach, designed to eliminate waste and restore valuable resources.

Bold ideas. Make change.

The Global Change Award is looking for bold and disruptive early stage ideas that find new approaches throughout the whole value chain of the industry, changing the way garments are designed, produced, shipped, bought, used or recycled.

There are several ways to embrace circularity in all parts of the fashion value chain. Below are five models, where your idea might fit in:

  • Circular supply-chain – To develop and supply renewable and/or fully recyclable input material – making the input material more sustainable and resource efficient.
  • Sharing platform – To drive up utilization rate of products by making creating possibilities for shared use, shared access or ownership.
  • Product life-extension – To extend the life of textiles through repairs, maintenance, second hand, donations, etc.
  • Product as a service – To offer product access, rather than ownership.
  • Recovery and Recycling – To recover useful resources from disposed products and put them back into production.

The challenge annually selects five ideas that share a grant of €1 million and are supported with a unique one-year innovation accelerator provided by the H&M Conscious Foundation, Accenture and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Apply for the award HERE

Deadline for Submission of Entries: October 31, 2015

For more information about the challenge, please visit www.globalchangeaward.com.

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