Now in its third year, the Global Change Award will select five successful entries that could revolutionise the way we design, make and use clothes. If selected by a judging panel including Ellen MacArthur and other experts, submissions will then proceed to a public vote to decide how the prize purse will be split. They’ll also gain access to a one-year innovation accelerator provided by the H&M Foundation, Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Previous award winners highlight the spectrum of innovation possibilities in the fashion industry, and show how applying the principles of a circular economy can unlock new and creative solutions to our most pressing challenges.

There are the examples of materials innovation, with orange peel fibre and grape leather, which use waste byproducts from the food and winemaking industries to create new fabrics. The team behind last year’s ‘solar textiles’ entry discovered a way to make nylon using just water, plant waste and solar energy, with the biomass replacing conventional petroleum based material.

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