Fast-fashion discards are being shredded, and the fibers can be used in new garments.
Retailers, especially fast-fashion chains such as H&M, are under pressure to lead the way on sustainability. And, consumers want to know more about the life cycle of their purchases. H&M started collecting used garments from its customers in 2013, partnering with I:Collect, a Swiss reuse and recycling logistics company that picks up clothing and shoes in more than 60 countries. H&M moves the items to distribution centres. I:CO buys the merchandise and transports it to a partner recycling facility.
H&M first started collecting used garments from its customers in 2013. The fast-fashion retailer partners with I: Collect, a Swiss reuse and recycling logistics company, that picks up clothing and shoes in more than 60 countries. Some clothing is shredded and turned into a fibre mix, then sold to clients, including the retailers that first collected the garments, to be used in new textile products. Metals such as buttons are separated and recycled.
A caption stream on how it is done is available here