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H&M Destroys Clothes Instead Of Donating Them?

Submitted by on January 7, 2010 – 6:18 pm4 Comments

The New York Times recently published an article regarding H&M destroying wearable garments instead of donating them to those in need, an act uncovered by a graduate student, Cynthia Magnus, from City University of New York.

Yesterday, the retailer promised things are about to change. “It will not happen again,” Nicole Christie, a spokeswoman for H&M in New York, told the paper. “We are committed 100 percent to make sure this practice is not happening anywhere else, as it is not our standard practice.”

According to the report:

[Magnus]…found bags of unworn but mutilated clothing that had been thrown away by H&M on West 35th Street. She also found bags of new Wal-Mart garments with holes punched through them.

After Ms. Magnus wrote to H&M’s headquarters in Sweden and got no response, she contacted The New York Times. More slashed clothing was found Monday night on 35th Street and reported in the “About New York” column on Wednesday.

Ms. Christie also told the Times that H&M’s policy is to donate unworn clothing to charitable groups. She said that she did not know why the store on 34th Street was slashing the clothes, and that the company was checking to make sure that none of its other stores were doing so.

New York magazine followed up with a report, where commenters claiming to be ex H&M employees said this was far from the truth, and they’d seen clothes being slashed with their own eyes.

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  • I’m curious, what is Dr. Jay’s policy regarding leftover and unsold clothing?

  • Da'ja says:

    That’s not nice…what a waste. I support H&M but now I’m wondering if I even should continue buying from them if they’ll be doing crazy ish like this to good clothes.

  • julz says:

    and this is why Uniqlo is waaaayyy better than them!

  • Kwaping says:

    Fashionherald, I don’t think they have any! I think they try to sell it until it’s gone, thus the deep markdowns on some of their older items. I think an online retailer with huge warehouses can get away with something like that where a brick-and-mortar can’t, because the physical stores have to make room for new inventory in their showrooms. They can’t afford to keep older stuff around because they just don’t have the space. On a website, that’s not an issue.

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