Consumer models are changing; global resources are running out; technological developments are allowing new innovative efficiencies. The Global Change Award launched in 2015 by the no-profit H&M Foundation is born on these three cornerstones. The goal is unique: to accelerate the changes needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN by 2030; to get to this result we must find the game changers of tomorrow. To be sure, analyzing the proposals of the 2600 candidates of the third edition of the Global Change Award, the answers already seem to be there. Solutions that really come from all over the world: among the 151 countries, those with the largest number of Global Change Award participants were India, Nigeria, USA, United Kingdom, Sweden, Bangladesh, Italy, Indonesia, France and Pakistan. 61% of the participants were women. Among these, the 5 winners to whom the non-profit foundation H & M Foundation donated 1 million euros.
Not only an economic aid, because the five projects will be included in a one-year innovation accelerator. Here, H & M Foundation, Accenture and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm will support the winners so that they can shorten project implementation times, leading them to fashion and innovation centers such as Stockholm, New York and Shanghai. Here is the summary of the five winning projects:
FROM HUMID – The most voted solution comes from the United States. It’s called Crop A Porter and was designed by the Agraloop team. In practice, residues from food crops that you would normally throw in the wet will be used to produce textile fibers; this will reduce the use of cotton.
SEPARATE – To be recycled, the materials must be separated. And the cotton/acrylic blend fabric used to make an unimaginable variety of garments is a big problem. The answer comes from Sweden with the Regenerator project that allows the generation of new textile fiber by separating cotton from polyester.
GREETING COLOR – Anyone with sensitive skin may develop allergies and irritation from contact with colored fabrics. Thus, the Algae Apparel team based in Israel has developed a process that transforms algae into biofibers and ecological dyes that are good for the skin too.
SMART SEWING – Even simple stitching of clothes can slow down recycling processes. That’s why from Belgium, the Smart Stich staff designed the dissolvable wire that makes repairing and recycling a breeze.
FROM THE MUSHROOM – From the mushroom, indeed from the composition of the mushroom root, the idea of Fungi Fashion was born to create fabric for tailor-made 3D clothes made in Holland.
The challenge is open, but it seems really close in the fashion industry the transition from a linear model to a circular: the benefit, however, is all ours. The goal of safeguarding the planet and protecting our living conditions really seems like a reality and not a simple idea on paper (recycled).