Here is an official statement from H & M left on its Facebook page:
H&M is committed to taking responsibility for how our operations affect both people and the environment. Our policy is to donate any damaged usable garments to charity. We’re currently investigating an incident in a NY store that is not representative of our policy. We will follow with more information as soon as we are able. H&M’s US sales operation donates thousands of garments each year through Gifts In Kind Int’l.
Oh my! The New York Times has an article that says that H&M in Manhattan cuts up its surplus clothing and tosses it to the curb.
When I read this my heart almost stopped beating. If you know me, you know how much I revere my clothing. Now, I won’t call myself a hoarder, but I am very picky about clothing. I donate my clothes. I do clothing swaps with friends. I may waste in many areas, but I always make sure that my clothing has a safe place to go…and it’s NOT a landfill. The budding green architect in me (dramatic I know) really hopes that H&M is not destroying seemingly new clothes so that competitors can’t get them or to protect the brand name.
What do you think of the practice of stores destroying unused clothing? Do you think the clothes should have been donated? Why didn’t the H&M public relations team offer a comment? Do you shop at H&M? There isn’t one near me, but I’ve shopped at the Washington, D.C. and New York stores.