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.