Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Global Change Award winners to share €1 million H&M grant

Global Change Award winners to share €1 million H&M grant

Apr '19
Pic: Global Change Award
Pic: Global Change Award
Lab made vegan leather, fibres made of nettles, a digital system to make products recyclable from scratch, children’s clothes that expand and a biodegradable toxic-free membrane for outdoor wear are this year's Global Change Award winners, sharing a €1 million grant. The award is an innovation challenge by H&M Foundation, aiming to make fashion circular.

“The winners of the Global Change Award prove that it’s possible to improve the environmental impact of the fashion industry. They are a true inspiration and great partners to any fashion company that wants to contribute to protecting the planet and our living conditions. The initiative with Indiegogo adds an important piece as it also enables the public to be at the very heart of finding and funding a future for sustainable style,” said Karl-Johan Persson, board member of H&M Foundation and CEO of Hennes & Mauritz AB.

The Loop Scoop by circular.fashion received €300,000, Sane Membrane by dimpora bagged €250,000 while Sustainable Sting by Green Nettle Textile, Clothes that Grow by Petit Pli and Lab Leather by Le Qara received €150,000 individually.

In addition to the financial grant, all winners also get access to a one-year innovation accelerator programme provided by H&M Foundation in partnership with Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, taking them to Stockholm, New York and Hong Kong. The programme also gives access to virtual coaching sessions during the year. This setup brings significant value to the winners and has proven to cut years off the development timeline.

“In five years, our idea will have increased the use of fiber recycling and multiple reuse possibilities tremendously. We envision that 150 million circularity.ID’s will be out on the market, ensuring that each circularly designed garment will be regenerated to high quality fibers after use,” said Ina Budde, co-founder of circular.fashion.

Among the thousands of entries to this year’s Global Change Award, 45 per cent rank 'funding' as their biggest obstacle. Clearly, crowdfunding holds great untapped potential as a funding option as well as an opportunity for the whole innovation ecosystem to contribute and make a difference. H&M Foundation’s initiative with Indiegogo puts consumers in the front seat, enabling them to take active part as supporters, backers and testers of the five innovations.

“Additional funding could unlock the opportunity for us to experiment with recycled fibers, colors and patterns which we currently are unable to achieve at our size. It would also allow us to make additional hires needed ahead of entering scaled production of Petit Pli suits,” said Ryan Yasin, founder of Petit Pli. (RR)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

Must ReadView All


E-commerce | On 19th Sep 2021

Switzerland commits $4.4 mn for UNCTAD’s e-com, digital economy work

Switzerland recently announced a contribution of $4.4 million to the...

Pic: Shutterstock/humphery

Textiles | On 18th Sep 2021

China wants to join CPTPP; Japan to consult members to respond to bid

Chinese commerce minister Wang Wentao recently submitted an...

Pic: Shutterstock

Textiles | On 18th Sep 2021

Eurozone GDP recovers quicker than expected after lockdowns: EU report

The eurozone economy recovered more rapidly than considered earlier...

Interviews View All

Textile Industry, Head honchos

Textile Industry
Head honchos

Trainers faced immense challenges as most were not tech-savvy

Textile Industry, Head honchos

Textile Industry
Head honchos

Good tidings expected for textile industry

Textile Industry, Head honchos

Textile Industry
Head honchos

Blockchain is not a silver bullet for each and every problem in supply...

Kishina Daruka and Mishika Daruka,

Kishina Daruka and Mishika Daruka

Headquartered in Kolkata, India, sustainable clothing brand Ora was...

Noemi Sanchez,

Noemi Sanchez

Established since 1846, Evlox is a specialised denim manufacturer with its ...

Shyam Gupta,

Shyam Gupta

Established by <b>Shyam Gupta</b> in 1978, Gargee Designer's (GD) offers...

Sanjay Raut, Garware Technical Fibres Ltd

Sanjay Raut
Garware Technical Fibres Ltd

Garware Technical Fibres Ltd (formerly Garware-Wall Ropes Ltd) is a...

Johann-Philipp Dilo, Dilo Group

Johann-Philipp Dilo
Dilo Group

German company Dilo Group is one of the leading equipment suppliers of...

Giulio Cesareo, Directa Plus

Giulio Cesareo
Directa Plus

UK-based Directa Plus is one of the largest producers and suppliers...

Abhishek Agarwal, Purple Style Labs

Abhishek Agarwal
Purple Style Labs

Late Indian fashion designer Wendell Rodricks, is known for his...

Sarah Denise Cordery, Sarah Denise Studio

Sarah Denise Cordery
Sarah Denise Studio

Manchester, England-based Sarah Denise Studio provides relevant fashion...

Sandeep Gonsalves & Sarah Gonsalves, Sarah & Sandeep

Sandeep Gonsalves & Sarah Gonsalves
Sarah & Sandeep

Established in 2012, Sarah &amp; Sandeep is a luxury menswear label...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


Leave your Comments

September 2021

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

Advanced Search