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How H&M is turning old garments into new pieces with ‘Looop’

Looop by H&M is an initiative by the Swedish fast fashion giant to take their sustainability efforts up several notches.

We are thrilled that the fashion industry has been heading towards sustainability over the past few years, and it’s surprising to see how we can foster changes to our fashion products without compromising quality. It does not only mean ethical clothing feels good, but it also makes it a lot more affordable. Why grow more cotton when you can use an old cotton shirt to make a new one? That’s what Looop by H&M is all about: Circular fashion.

H&M is now offering customers in Sweden the possibility of transforming unwanted garments or textiles into new pieces in the most eco-friendly way. The world’s first-ever recycling system, Looop, like its moniker, helps closing the loop on fashion with this container-sized machine that is born to encourage customers to hold onto old textiles. The simple reason is that they are valuable and shouldn’t go to waste.

Looop opens to the public

Looop is now open to the public at one of the Drottninggatan stores in Stockholm. It is the first time a fashion retailer has presented its garment-to-garment recycling system to the public. Why so? When customers can see the change in front of them and can observe the whole process, it’s more likely to inspire them to love their garments for a longer time.

The launch of Looop isn’t just a glimpse of fashion’s future, but a reminder to treat all clothes as a resource. No clothes are too torn to be recycled or deserve to end up in the trash. For circular fashion to work, recycling is key.

How does Looop work?

The machine uses an 8-step technique that dissembles and assembles old garments into new ones. First, the garments are cleaned, then they are shredded into fibres and spun into new yarn, which eventually is knitted into new fashion materials. However, some sustainably-sourced virgin materials may be added to the process, but they try to keep it as little as possible. Looop does not use water or any chemicals, thus, it has a significantly lower environmental impact compared to when producing garments from scratch.

H&M has always strived towards making fast fashion a more sustainable industry. Back in 2013, H&M became the first fashion retailer with a global garment-collecting program and now with Looop, the fashion brand has definitely taken it to another level.

All images: Courtesy HnM

This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok

Alisha Pawa
Alisha is a passionate dancer and is always creating her own choreographies. She is a fan of rom-com novels, a coffee-drinker who loves tea, and is always on-the-go for her midnight chocolate cravings. She hopes to tick-off her never-ending bucket list one day by hosting her own travel show.
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