Five game-changing innovators were awarded with the H&M Global Change Award, H&M Foundation’s annual innovation challenge of €1 million grant to help reinvent and speed up the shift to a circular waste-free fashion industry.
Currently the fashion industry’s hot spot for circular innovation, the second Global Change Award managed to gather disruptive ideas from 130 countries, with analytics performed on the close to 3,000 applications.
The grant was split amongst the winners by the global public through an online voting system: €300,000 grant for the Grape Leather innovation, led by Rossella Longobardo (Italy); €250,000 grant for the innovation of Solar Textiles, headed by Miguel A Modestino (US/Switzerland); and the remaining €150,000 grants each for the innovations of Content Thread, Denim-dyed Denim and Manure Couture, spearheaded by team leaders Anura Rathnayake (US/UK), Xungai Wang (Australia) and Jalila Essaidi (The Netherlands) respectively.
The Global Change Award is an H&M Foundation initiative, partnered with Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. One of the world’s biggest challenges for early stage innovation and the first such initiative in the fashion industry, the program will help the winners develop their ideas by focusing on three main elements – circular economy, innovation and fashion industry connection.