Condemn Clothing Company for Excess Waste

Target: Karl-Johann Persson, CEO of H&M

Goal: Urge clothing company H&M donates unused clothing to charities, rather than wastefully discarding it

A popular clothing company, H&M, has recently been targeted for throwing away clothing in mass amounts. The company could do what countless other clothing companies do and donate or repurpose unused clothing, rather than dispose of it in trash bags. As such a major corporation, H&M has a lot of potential to do a lot of good. The company should not be so wasteful.

A reporter in Manhattan, New York, encountered a heap of trash-bagged clothing from H&M, containing many articles that had a rip or cut, presumably from a box-cutter or razor. One theory about the rips is that they are purposefully made in the store when discarding so the clothing cannot be used or worn any longer. Another theory is that that particular store receives the clothing that way from the manufacturer and the policy is to discard those items. There were some articles that were not tampered with, and in good condition, so the mystery of how the rips were made remains. Nevertheless, Manhattan is home to countless homeless people who could benefit from the discarded clothing, especially in the cold winter months.

Discarding an excessive amount of clothing, instead of donating or repurposing it, is far too wasteful. H&M has been a positive influence for the fashion industry in many ways, including highlighting curvy and normal-proportioned women as fashion models. The CEO takes pride in his stance against unhealthy fashion models; urge him to take a stance against unnecessary clothing waste within his own company.


Dear Karl-Johann Persson,

Your clothing company, H&M, has recently been targeted for throwing away an unethical amount of clothing. Your Manhattan location, on 34th street, was the subject of a New York Times article, which highlighted the large amount of H&M clothing found in trash bags by the store’s dumpster. Numerous pieces of the clothing were allegedly cut with a box-cutter or razor. Why the items were found this way is not clear, but the message this sort of waste sends is crystal clear.

This amount of discarded clothing is incredibly wasteful. There are many clothing companies that strive to donate all of their unused clothing, even if the articles are considered too unappealing for consumers.  Mr. Persson, I respect your stance on many issues, including considering and encouraging all body-types for your fashion models. However, this waste should not be allowed to continue. During the winter months, especially, the homeless people of Manhattan are in need of good quality clothing. H&M should donate its unused articles, instead of throwing them away.

I urge you to make the right decision: find a way to repurpose or reuse H&M’s unwanted clothing. The mass waste of good clothing must stop.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Magrealthkoo via Wikimedia Commons

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