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Stockholm - Fashion Retailer H&M Offers To Take Your Old Clothes

Published on: December 6, 2012 11:26 AM
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Stockholm -  Swedish global fashion firm Hennes & Mauritz plans to start collecting old clothes from next year to hand over for recycling, it said on Thursday.

H&M, the world’s second biggest fashion chain after Spanish group Inditex, said in a statement it will become the first fashion company to launch a clothing collection initiative worldwide.


“From February 2013, customers will be able to hand in used garments in H&M stores in all 48 markets,” it said. Any items of clothing from any brand and in any condition would be accepted and customers would receive a voucher for each bag.

The collected clothes would then be handled by I:Collect, a global recycling company, which would transport them to a sorting plant in Germany, it said. The material could then either be re-used as clothes or for other products like cleaning rags or insulation material in the car industry.

H&M said tonnes of textiles were thrown out every year, when as much as 95 percent of the clothes could be used again.

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 Dec 06, 2012 at 11:37 AM Materetsky Says:

What is your voucher for? Do you get a discount ?


 Dec 06, 2012 at 11:45 AM Babishka Says:

H&M will take the old clothes and "recycle" them by selling to the wage slaves who work at their third world sweatshops.


 Dec 06, 2012 at 01:05 PM yosefben Says:

Very odd...this company in the past has received much derision for tearing up and trashing it's own unsold merchandise. What a gimmick!


 Dec 06, 2012 at 01:59 PM Moish Says:

They give people an incentive to discard old clothes for recycling purposes instead of handing down to others to create a larger worldwide demand for new clothes.


 Dec 06, 2012 at 02:41 PM Butterfly Says:

Who owns this company?? Where is it?


 Dec 06, 2012 at 08:50 PM ItsMyOpinion Says:

Reply to #5  
Butterfly Says:

Who owns this company?? Where is it?

This is a Swedish company. A country that is having terrible problems with anti Semitism right now. I am not sure if Jews should have anything to do with them.


 Dec 07, 2012 at 09:25 AM Butterfly Says:

To #6 I agree. Why should they make money with my clothes? I have better things to do with them.


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