WORLD REFUGEE DAY
The H&M Foundation stands #withrefugees and together with @refugees we’re supporting refugee children in Africa, Asia and the Middle East with the school supplies they need to attend school. Education is crucial to helping refugee children thrive and build brighter futures for themselves and their communities. Without the chance to study, an entire generation is at risk.
Read more about our work together with UNHCR, link in bio!
Join the world’s first ever TEDx event from a refugee camp!
With the support of H&M Foundation and UNHCR, Melissa Fleming and Dana Hughes are organizing #TEDxKakumaCamp.
The event offers a different lens into the reality of life as a #refugee, away from the images of devastation and suffering, and towards stories of resilience, of contribution, of creativity.
Save the date: 9 June 2018 and stay tuned to see and hear all the stories with potential to uplift and inspire the entire world! See link in bio. #TEDx, #WithRefugees#hmfoundation#tedtalk#sustainabledevelopment
MEETING WITH THE INDUSTRY
We’re busy! Our global Change Award winners get to meet with the industry together with @accenture and are having workshops to pitch their ideas at @parsonsschoolofdesign and @cfda. Thank you so much for having us, letting us tell you about ideas and solutions for global change within fashion!
One important corner stone of the accelerator program is about connecting the start-ups with the grown-ups; our winners get to have valuable meetings with existing companies within the industry, the ones with access to infrastructure, knowledge and the big markets. Collaboration makes us reach further!
This week all the winners from Global Change Award 2018 are together again for the second accelerator week which is taking place in NYC. But what is the accelerator all about?
The accelerator is an addition to the grant that the winners receive, which provides the teams with tailor-made skills, tools, networks, access and exposure to leverage and develop their innovations in the best and quickest possible way. The one year long support is coached by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and @accenture and is based on needs and goals ranging from business development, to communication training, technology support and management. It’s about the transition from an early stage innovation to get the idea to fly!
Through the H&M Foundation the teams also get industry access across the value chain and they also get to support each other with key insights and experiences as they share the common goal of reinventing the fashion industry. To read more about the accelerator week check the link in bio! - #catalyst_for_change#globalchangeaward#circularfashion
Today we support Plan International by going #absentforgirls in order to raise awareness of all the girls who miss out on school due to stigma and tabu related to their periods. Everyday girls are made to feel ashamed during their period, and the lack of toilets and hygiene products forces girls to stay home – missing out on education that is crucial for them to acquire the tools needed to be an active part in society.
Help us raise awareness about the issues facing girls by going #absentforgirls. Read more about our projects with @plansverige link in bio.
In late March, five winning teams gathered in Stockholm for a one-week accelerator together with @hmfoundation and lead by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Next week, they are all heading to New York for the second accelerator week together with us and @accenture. But first, a little #tbt to that week in Stockholm. Here's two questions to the Algalife team, who create dyes and natural fibres made of algae. How was the experience in Stockholm?
Being part of the Accelerator in Stockholm was a truly great experience for our team, very constructive and educational while at the same time super exiting and eventful. We really appreciated interacting with the Accelerator-team and the other winners.
How does it feel to be back home?
We as a Research Institute have a tendency of getting very into our technology development at times, and here we got the chance to review our work from a commercial and business point of view which are of great value to us now and in the future. We are very happy about the interest and the attention that the Global change Award brings to the work we are doing. #hmfoundation#globalchangeaward#throwbackthursday#circularheroes#sustainablefashion
Happy International Recycling Day! Did you know that every year, the surplus from H&M's garment collecting program is donated to the H&M Foundation for us to split equally among social- and recycling projects? One of these projects is together with Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) and thanks to the recycled clothes collected by H&M customers, they have been able to develop technologies to recycle clothes made from textile blends into new clothes!
Their project has developed an efficient method to decompose cotton into cellulose powders, hence enabling the separation of the polyester fibres from the blends. The quality of the polyester fibres is maintained, permitting fibre-to-fibre recycling. It's great news. And it would not have been possible without your support! #hmfoundation#hkrita#internationalrecyclingday#earth#recycling#sustainability
PERMITTING FIBRE-TO-FIBRE RECYCLING
Most garments today consist of blend textiles, the most common blend being polyester and cotton and there is yet no commercial viable method available for recycling blend textiles. But the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textile Apparel has developed an efficient method to decompose cotton into cellulose powders, enabling the separation of the polyester fibres from textile blends. The method used is a hydrothermal (chemical) process that uses only heat, water and less than 5% biodegradable green chemical, to self-separate cotton and polyester blends.
This projects is supported by @hmfoundation but it’s indirect H&M’s customers that have enabled this important research, as the financial contribution comes from the annual surplus from H&M’s global in-store garment collecting program, which is in turn donated to H&M Foundation. And today we heard that this project has won the Silver award at the Hong Kong Green Innovations Awards! We can't wait to see what the future holds!
To read about our partnership with HKRITA, see link in bio.
This is Laila Begun, 25, with her six-month old daughter in Kutupalong Camp, just a few kilometers from the Myanmar border. The refugee situation in Myanmar and Bangladesh is currently a humanitarian disaster of historic proportion. Current reports states that 70% of the water in the refugee camp is contaminated with e-coli which makes the refugees, in particular the children, sick and pose a huge health risk.
In response to this urgent situation, the @hmfoundation is making a second donation of 200,000 USD to the Red Cross, reaching 223,700 people in both Myanmar and Bangladesh. The funds will be used for training of volunteers in first aid, providing hygiene information, construction of latrines and improving the crucial access to clean water.
To read more about this support, click on the link in bio.