While fast fashion retailers such as H&M are some of the most prominent detriments to the environment, the Swedish mega-brand is looking to do some good. The company recently implemented a recycling program at its stores worldwide and also began producing a line of eco-conscious clothing. The pinnacle of the brand’s efforts, however, is the Global Change Award, an annual competition that gives a cash prize to companies with an eye for environmentally-friendly innovations. While past winners include Agraloop, a brand that makes sustainable bio-textiles from leftover food crop harvests, and Algalife, which uses algae as a bio-fiber and eco-safe dye, this year the competition is focused on “ideas within digitalization.” Through continued efforts to heighten its own eco-consciousness, H&M hopes to not only lessen the impact of fashion production on the environment, but also to end the exploitation of garment laborers—many of whom are women and young girls in developing countries.
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