Thursday, 7 January 2010

H&M destroys unsold clothes!

This post originally stated my excitement for H&M's new spring garden collection with visuals, but I removed the content. I found out through a comment on this post and some further research that it was discovered yesterday that H&M was found to destroy unsold clothes instead of give them to charity. How awful? It's freezing cold, how can somebody be so thoughtless. I am disgusted - they need to sort it out! Read more about that HERE or do your own research.
Ironically their new collection states that they used organic cotton, organic linen and recycled polyester for a more sustainable world. Where's the justice in that? Hopefully this is just an error of one store and not a company policy.

35 comments:

Rana said...

have you read this? http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/06/nyregion/06about.html

Muhsine said...

@Rana no, the link you provided was not found.

Rana said...

oh sorry! Basically it was an article in the nytimes about H & M destroying unwanted clothing rather than donate it to charity. Its been all over their facebook and twitter! If u are interested you can look for it online.

Muhsine said...

@Rana oh no! that's awful. :(

shakespeareandstilettos said...

the collection looks gorgeous! will definitely be checking in out. love the second cream/white dress :)

Mouldy Fruit said...

This collection is gorgeous! espec that dress.. super excited!!

MW said...

thats not cool at all ..thats sad actually

Riham said...

love this collection:)

Laura - Emerald Green 88 said...

The clothes destroying is disgusting! I can't believe H&M would do that!

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Charlotte said...

As pretty as the clothes are, massive respect to you for changing the content of the post. x

Evee said...

What the hell.. that's such a waste!
and then bragging about using organic material to create a more sustainable environment?
they need to get their priorities straight.

Purplelustre said...

I just read the article that you linked to. I really hope that this is not the practice of H&M and just an isolated incident. It would be a shame if it was company policy to destroy perfectly good clothes. However; it would be so much easier to boycott the one store and not the whole company. I hope it is just a case of one employee making a bad decision. I am interested to see how the investigation turns out. Props to you for changing the post!!

MakeupYum said...

i read about that on twitter, its so awful to destroy perfectly good clothes when it can be donated. =/

VexInTheCity said...

I read about it on Twitter and you can find it all over the H&M group on Facebook where H&M have posted a statement. It's disgusting and the store mentioned (Herald Square/34th St) is one that I pop into every time I'm in NY. It really shocked me.

The people interviewed mentioned another store a few doors down that do the same thing. I can't remember which store it was though!

GiGi said...

I am in shock! I would think that H & M would donate clothes. That is truly sad!

About 7 years ago in California, all the food markets went on strike. People, including me, would not cross the picket lines. It could become violent. Later I found out that ALL the food was the own out after sold date.
Charities were begging fir the food, but they didnt want to be at blame if anyone got sick.

So, the next news stories were of people going through dumpsters looking for the food!

What is going on? People are cold & hungry!

Jen said...

what!? that's horrible!!! :(

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Lady Gray said...

Is there anything definite about whether this is companywide or just this one store? I don't shop there anyway as for some reason in my head I link them with child labour.

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Victoria said...

All of the major sandwich shops do this too. At the end of the day they throw out all the sandwiches instead of giving them to homeless people. Disgusting!

cbsg5861 said...

oh it's such a shame, it makes you wonder how far can you go on supporting charity... perhaps totally boycotting h&m? it's a tough one...

Celly said...

If it were food, I would see how it's wasteful to throw away prior to their expiration. Clothing, well - I can see the reason why they would, not that I condone their practices. I can only imagine some people pretending to be homeless to get free clothes (people do pretend to be handicap for parking, or get welfare - just to list a few)...amongst other things. I mean, I just like thinking both sides of the argument.

I would rather them sale it to outlets or places like TJMaxx, Ross tho. Or send the ripped up items to be recycled?

MAC does the same thing with makeup - they throw away returned items. Waste, yes - but I'm sure its to be more hygienically then wasteful but who knows...

thedicegirl said...

Thats really sad to hear that they just throw stuff away when others who dont have a lot could make use of them!

I guess though if local charities/homeless people were given the clothes the store may have issues with people coming in wanting returns/swaps for the clothing but there is NO reason why the clothes couldnt be sent abroad to countries where the brand isnt availiable and help people there! It sounds like lazyness, i wonder if its just that one store or if its a a general policy that goes on with other stores/brands that we are unaware of?

essjay23x said...

This certainly is not ideal esp, if it a policy across the company. There are so many rules about pricing, trading times and things. Maybe it is time that rules were made so companies know what is acceptable and what is not. Sometimes they just seem unable to see beyond money and if these clothes are not making them money then they don't care what happens to them. Surely donating to charity is no more effort then taking the effort to cut the clothes up and throw them out. They would not need to bother with the cutting!

Cat said...

I worked at a company that made school clothing over summer, they also did the same thing, which makes me presume a lot of companies offer the same policy. I mean I can hardly see Phillip Green sending all the unsold/damaged topshop clothes to charity.

xx

ArleneJohnston said...

The must be a mainland UK thing because I know for a fact H&M in Northern Ireland give their unsold clothes to Oxfam, complete with tags. I know this cos I drop in every few weeks to see whats new and pick up a bargain :)

♥ aaina ♥ said...

hi muhsine, i was shocked when I read the article too, but after doing more research, it turns out that this a common, albeit very wrong, practice in the fashion industry.

the problem is that retailers need to protect their bottom line from people who might try to return the merchandise for store credit, or they run the risk of losing profit to charity shops (which is kind of stingy if you ask me). Anyway, there are a few major labels who do this, especially high end brands. I suspect that someone leaked H&M's practice to NYT in order to give them some bad press and hopefully put a dent in their staggering sales. Remember Primark and the sweat shops?

I did read some alternatives that H&M could have chosen over here:
http://www.doublex.com/blog/xxfactor/why-hm-destroys-unsold-clothes

Shifa said...

omg how ruthless :X

la dolce vita said...

This can't be true..I'm stunned.
I work in the fashion indusrty and I can assure you NOTHING ever gets destroyed...things usually get sent to women's shelters and local charities.

Theresa said...

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Aleksis said...

Omg are you serious? If they did 'destroy it' I would hope that what they were doing is re-using fabric for new clothes? But if they like just burn it or something then that really is disgusting. I will not shop there in the future ( I favor F21 and Zara anyway though :P...)

Muhsine said...

It has been great and interesting to read your comments! Thank you for commenting. X

@Theresa I know, she deleted everything, I don't know why but hope she re apperars again! :(

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Nishant said...

their facebook and twitter! If u are interested you can look for it online.

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Melanie Clare said...

I work at h&m and we have to cut the labels out of faulty items so that we can send them to oxfam. Is that what you mean by unsold?

Melanie Clare said...

unsold clothes just get kept in store until they sell as well.

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