Textile recycling system ’Looop’ by H&M
Transforming unwanted garments into new fashion favourites
H&M offers customers in Sweden the possibility to transform unwanted garments into new fashion with the help from their new garment-to-garment recycling system ‘Looop’. This machine visualizes to customers that old textiles hold a value and should never go to waste.
Looop opened to the public in a Drottninggatan store in Stockholm on October 12. This is the first time this garment-to-garment recycling system is shown in store by a fashion retailer and H&M is proud to soon offer customers the opportunity to watch this container-sized machine recycle their old textiles into something new. This is part of a bigger plan – H&M’s ambition is to become fully circular and climate positive with innovate materials and processes while inspiring customers to keep their garments in use for as long as possible.
“We are constantly exploring new technology and innovations to help transform the fashion industry as we are working to reduce the dependency on virgin resources. Getting customers on board is key to achieve real change and we are so excited to see what Looop will inspire,” says Pascal Brun, Head of Sustainability at H&M.
Looop uses a technique that dissembles and assembles old garments into new ones. The garments are cleaned, shredded into fibres and spun into new yarn which is then knitted into new fashion finds. Some sustainably sourced virgin materials need to be added during the process, and we of course work to make this share as small as possible. The system uses no water and no chemicals, thus having a significantly lower environmental impact than when producing garments from scratch.
For 100 Swedish kronor, members of the H&M loyalty club can use Looop to transform their old garment. For non-members the fee is 150 Swedish kronor. All proceeds go to projects related to research on materials. By 2030 H&M aims for all their materials to be either recycled or sourced in a more sustainable way, a figure that for 2019 was at 57%.