Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Shame on you

An article in today's New York Times ("A Clothing Clearance Where More Than Just the Prices Have Been Slashed") told of an H&M store located on the 34th Street in Manhattan that disposes of unworn clothes, with price tags intact, at its back entrance on the 35th Street. H&M simply throws away loads of clothes that probably either have some small fault to them or haven't sold, packs them in clear plastic bags, and in they go, straight in the garbage. In order to make sure that no one gets to the clothes without paying for them, they slash holes in them with razors before just tossing them in the rubbish.

I wonder if they never thought of giving the unsold clothes to charity instead of destroying them and creating huge amounts of waste? H&M did not comment on the story despite having an executive in charge of corporate responsibility.


RL said...

Sadly this appears to be "in fashion" nowdays.

I'm just shocked and angry about this. It's true that wrong kinds of shoes can actually end up damaging your feet, but honestly I just think the people who are running that business have their heads so deep in you-know-where that this is the only conclusion they can come up with. In Africa alot of people don’t even have shoes! And I'm sure you could easily find people who can repair the small flaws in clothes or even make completely something else out of the fabric. And how much better image would the business get if they'd just give those clothes and shoes to charity.

Eyeliah said...

I hope that is not true, how terrible.

jesse.anne.o said...

I just posted that link, too!

I know a number of other places do (Target, for one) donate to Goodwill. I do remember B&N doing this with their books, as well.

It's just so beyond ridiculous...especially for a brand that large that has someone in charge of social consciousness...and a new "green" line out. Way to go, H&M.

Chrystal K. said...

Are you kidding me? That's just crazy! Do you know how many people need clothes!?!?

Adrienne said...

Value Village (the thrift store) does this too - they throw away bags and bags of clothes that have tiny imperfections, like buttons missing or clothes with holes. And people think their clothes are going to the poor, not to landfills.

This is kind of off topic, but I read an article in Maclean's the other month about Canadian produce stores doing this with their vegetables. It said that thousands of kiwis were being thrown out a day because they were essentially a millimetre too small. They just didn't make the strict cut-off weight. And they can't sell them or give the fruit away, because it ruins the profits or something.