Global Change Award 2016 is open

01 September 2016


€1 million grant to five innovations that can reinvent the fashion industry

Clothing made of citrus by-products, microbes that digest waste polyester, and an online marketplace for textile leftovers are some of the five disruptive ideas that shared the first €1 million Global Change Award grant in 2015. The challenge is designed to spur early innovations that can accelerate the shift from a linear to a circular fashion industry, with the aim of protecting the planet and our living conditions. On September 1st, the non-profit H&M Foundation opens the second Global Change Award.

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

The Global Change Award is an innovation challenge, initiated by H&M Conscious Foundation in August 2015. By catalyzing green, truly game-changing ideas the aim is to protect the planet and close the loop for fashion. As the competition closed on 31 October, more than 2 700 innovators from 112 countries had signed up to share their ideas on new circular approaches throughout the whole value chain of the fashion industry; changing the way fashion is designed and produced, shipped, bought, used and recycled.

Five winners will share a grant of €1 000,000 and get tailor-made support for one year from H&M Conscious Foundation, Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. They have developed a one year innovation accelerator to support the winners in developing their innovations.

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ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

The Global Change Award is an innovation challenge, initiated by H&M Conscious Foundation in August 2015. By catalyzing green, truly game-changing ideas the aim is to protect the planet and close the loop for fashion. As the competition closed on 31 October, more than 2 700 innovators from 112 countries had signed up to share their ideas on new circular approaches throughout the whole value chain of the fashion industry; changing the way fashion is designed and produced, shipped, bought, used and recycled.

Five winners will share a grant of €1 000,000 and get tailor-made support for one year from H&M Conscious Foundation, Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. They have developed a one year innovation accelerator to support the winners in developing their innovations.

FIND US IN SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook: Global Change Award
Twitter: @glblchangeaward
Instagram: @globalchangeaward

#gca2015 #HMConsciousFoundation

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

The Global Change Award is an innovation challenge, initiated by H&M Conscious Foundation in August 2015. By catalyzing green, truly game-changing ideas the aim is to protect the planet and close the loop for fashion. As the competition closed on 31 October, more than 2 700 innovators from 112 countries had signed up to share their ideas on new circular approaches throughout the whole value chain of the fashion industry; changing the way fashion is designed and produced, shipped, bought, used and recycled.

Five winners will share a grant of €1 000,000 and get tailor-made support for one year from H&M Conscious Foundation, Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. They have developed a one year innovation accelerator to support the winners in developing their innovations.

FIND US IN SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook: Global Change Award
Twitter: @glblchangeaward
Instagram: @globalchangeaward

#gca2015 #HMConsciousFoundation

 

The winners are:

The polyester digester - using microbes to recycle waste polyester textile

Growing textile fibre under water - utilizing algae to make renewable textile

Making waste-cotton new - conversion of waste-cotton into new textile

An online market for textile leftovers - a marketplace for industrial upcycling of spill in production

100 percent citrus - creating new textile out of citrus juice production by-products

The winners are:

The polyester digester - using microbes to recycle waste polyester textile

Growing textile fibre under water - utilizing algae to make renewable textile

Making waste-cotton new - conversion of waste-cotton into new textile

An online market for textile leftovers - a marketplace for industrial upcycling of spill in production

100 percent citrus - creating new textile out of citrus juice production by-products

The winners are:

The polyester digester - using microbes to recycle waste polyester textile

Growing textile fibre under water - utilizing algae to make renewable textile

Making waste-cotton new - conversion of waste-cotton into new textile

An online market for textile leftovers - a marketplace for industrial upcycling of spill in production

100 percent citrus - creating new textile out of citrus juice production by-products

The winners are:

The polyester digester - using microbes to recycle waste polyester textile

Growing textile fibre under water - utilizing algae to make renewable textile

Making waste-cotton new - conversion of waste-cotton into new textile

An online market for textile leftovers - a marketplace for industrial upcycling of spill in production

100 percent citrus - creating new textile out of citrus juice production by-products

Initiated by H&M Foundation in 2015, the first Global Change Award received more than 2,700 applications from 112 countries. How the €1 million grant was shared between the five winners was up to the public to decide through an online vote at www.globalchangeaward.com.

After seeing so many fantastic innovations from around the world with the potential to transform the fashion industry, we have been very eager to open up the next round of the Global Change Award. I am also honored to welcome some new members to the expert panel like Dame Ellen MacArthur, who besides making solo sailor history in 2005, has immense knowledge about the transition to a circular economy,” says Karl-Johan Persson, board member of the H&M Foundation and CEO of H&M.

Making the fashion industry circular is not just about recycling. To encourage ideas from a broader scope Global Change Award 2016 has three categories open for applications: Circular business models covering ideas on how to reuse, repair, share, digitalize or extend the life of products. Circular materials looking for ideas on new fibres, recycling techniques, leather substitutes etc and Circular processes aiming to find new methods around chemicals, water and dyeing, as well as 3D printing, demand-driven manufacturing etc. 

By bringing together innovators to develop positive solutions, the Global Change Award is a great example of the approach needed to create change, and help shift the fashion industry towards a restorative and regenerative circular economy. I am excited to join the expert panel to help find the next five innovations that can be truly game-changing,” says Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Other members of the expert panel to help identify the best innovations for Global Change Award 2016 include Amber Valletta, Ellis Rubinstein, Rebecca Earley, Franca Sozzani, David Roberts (new), Lewis Perkins (new), Vikram Widge (new) and Johan Kuylenstierna (new). Besides the grant, the winners also get access to a one year Innovation Accelerator organized by the H&M Foundation, in partnership with Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. It is desig­ned to help ensure the innovations can stand on their own as quickly as possible, and to maximize their impact on the indu­stry.

By catalysing green, truly ground-breaking ideas, the Global Change Award takes on one of the biggest challenges facing today’s fashion industry – creating fashion for a growing population, while improving its impact on the environment. H&M Foundation initiated the challenge to speed up this process for the entire fashion industry, and neither the H&M Foundation nor the company H&M take any equity or intellectual property rights in the innovations. The aim is to influence the fashion industry as a whole.

Information about the Global Change Award, how to apply and press material are available at www.globalchangeaward.com

A booklet with facts about the Global Change Award can be found here:
http://issuu.com/globalchangeaward/docs/laying_the_ground_for_future_heroes

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