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A Swedish power plant is burning old H&M clothes instead of coal

WORDS BY TARA SMITH
IMAGE: BUSINESS OF FASHION

In an unexpected twist for fast fashion, a Swedish power plant has revealed it burns old H&M clothing instead of rubbish.

The plant in Västerås aims to become fossil fuel-free by 2020, and has turned to materials such as unusable clothes, rubbish and recycled wood.

The clothes from H&M are faulty and cannot be sold to customers – usually containing mould or other defects.

In this year alone, the plant has already burned around 15 tons of old H&M merchandise, as well as 400,000 tons of rubbish.

While burning old clothes and rubbish isn’t completely emission-free, it’s a much better alternative compared to the use of fossil fuels.

hm.com/au

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