H&M Foundation, the fast fashion chain's non-profit foundation initiated to co-create, fund and share solutions for the world’s most urgent challenges, has just revealed its annual Global Change Award 2022 winners.
Claiming that its Global Change Award is the first and most prominent innovation challenge of its kind, H&M is involved in supporting highly innovative technologies to scale for impact and become available to industry leaders and shoppers alike.
“The winners of the Global Change Award hold the key to the complex challenges we are facing and prove that it’s possible to reinvent fashion. Their game-changing innovations are really inspiring and can help transform the fashion industry into a planet positive one,” says Karl-Johan Persson, board member of H&M Foundation and chairman of H&M Group.
Biopuff by Saltyco uses regenerative agriculture that rewets and re-grows native plants to peatlands across the planet. From the plants, they create a vegan alternative to goose down and synthetic fillers that’s warm, water-repellent and light-weight.
Cottonace by Wadhwani AI is an Artificial Intelligence solution that reduces pesticide use, increases yield and raises incomes for smallholder cotton farmers. The app offers real-time guidance and recommendations to cotton farmers that target pests at the right time and with the most effective measures.
Biorestore is a laundry solution that restores old and worn garments to mint condition. Made of enzymes and minerals, it reacts with water and cellulose fibers and launches a biochemical reaction that removes hairiness, tightens threads and improves color brilliance.
Aside from sharing a grant of €1,000,000, each team of scientists and entrepreneurs are venturing into the group's year-long GCA Impact Accelerator program. The initiative is designed with the aim to meet the needs of each team, connect them to industry leaders and fast-track their development.