Global fashion retailer H&M has declared this year’s 1 mn euro winners to five sustainable textile innovation project teams under the third Global Change Award. The fund will be used for their new technologies that convert leftovers from food crop harvests such as flaxseeds, sugar cane, and pineapple to make sustainable bio-textiles.

The initiative from the non-profit H&M foundation is aimed at spurring ideas to accelerate the shift from a linear to a circular fashion industry. “I congratulate all five winning teams for their innovation. This day marks the start of a one-year innovation accelerator where H&M Foundation, Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm will support the winners to cut years off their timeline, bringing them to fashion and innovation,” said Karl-Johan Persson, Board Member of H&M Foundation and CEO of Hennes & Mauritz AB.

The five innovations that can help speed up the shift to a circular waste-free fashion industry and protect the planet were awarded the third Global Change Award. The American team behind the Crop APorter project received the biggest prize for their developing new technology that converts leftovers from food crop harvests such as flaxseeds, sugar cane, and pineapple to make sustainable bio-textiles. The new technology that turns algae into a biofibre and eco-friendly dye that is also good for skin, on the other hand, Fungi Fashion that makes custom-made clothes from decomposable mushroom roots.