Last years Global Change Award winners

Last year's Global Change Award winners

The non-profit H&M Foundation has issued a call for applications for its third annual Global Change Award, offering the chance to win a share of a EUR1m (US$1.2m) grant aimed at speeding up the move from a linear to a circular fashion industry.

The award – launched by the H&M Foundation in 2015 – is one of the world's biggest challenges for early stage innovation and the first such initiative in the fashion industry.

Last year's five winning innovations included leather made from wine-making leftovers; digital threads woven into garments to help the recycling process; and climate-positive nylon made from water, plant waste and solar energy.

Sustainable textile innovations win $1m from H&M Foundation

Karl-Johan Persson, board member of the H&M Foundation and CEO of H&M Hennes & Mauritz, says the Global Change Award has become "a positive force."

"It has proven to be a true catalyst for the winners, giving them support and access to a valuable network so they can bring their innovations to the market quicker and better prepared in the fashion industry".

The judging panel includes experts from the fashion, publishing and research worlds. They will select five winners, with the public then given an opportunity to vote to split the EUR1m prize between the five. The winners also get a one-year Global Change Award Accelerator Program that will speed up the development of their innovations and maximise the impact on the industry.

Edwin Keh, CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) and member of the panel, says: "Sustainable and responsible consumption is the way forward. We must find better ways to make what we use, and wisely use what we have. The Global Change Award is an important initiative to drive this forward. By intentionally and thoughtfully reusing, recycling, and repurposing, we can drive significant and radical improvements to our world."

Click here for more information about the Global Change Award and how to apply.