Fashion retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz is set to launch a clothing recycling scheme which will encourage consumers to hand in used garments at H&M stores worldwide to be reused or recycled.

The sustainability scheme, launched in partnership with I:Collect, will mean consumers can bring in clothing, from any brand and in any condition, with the clothes reprocessed and made available for new use.

Customers will receive a voucher for each bag of clothing donated.

H&M said that the global initiative will help save natural resources and contribute to reduced environmental impact by avoiding textile waste. The retailer said up to 95% of clothes that end up in landfill could be used again - re-worn, reused or recycled, depending on the state of the garment.

In the longer term, H&M wants to reduce the environmental impact of garments throughout the lifecycle and create a closed loop for textile fibres.

The aim is to find technical solutions to reuse and recycle textile fibres on a larger scale, which is why the retailer has also set up its Conscious Foundation - to support innovation on closing the loop on textiles and social projects along H&M's value chain, the retailer said.

"Our sustainability efforts are rooted in a dedication to social and environmental responsibility," said CEO Karl-Johan Persson.

"We want to do good for the environment, which is why we are now offering our customers a convenient solution: to be able to leave their worn out or defective garments with H&M."

Earlier this year, UK retailer Marks & Spencer launched a similar scheme, called Shwopping, in partnership with Oxfam.

Casual clothing retailer Uniqlo also accepts clothing and distributes it to refugee, internally displaced person (IDP) camps and homeless people through relationships with a number of NGOs.