Swedes Generate Power From Unsafe H&M Shirts

By Gary Cutlack on at

A heat and power station in the Swedish city of Vasteras has been using an unusual source of matter for burning -- discarded H&M clothing. 15 tonnes of it so far this year.

It's sort of OK, though, as H&M explains that these items have all been deemed "unsafe" in some way, either due to their construction, chemical content, or the fact that they've somehow been allowed to go mouldy. An H&M spokesperson explained: "H&M does not burn any clothes that are safe to use. However it is our legal obligation to make sure that clothes that contain mold or do not comply with our strict restriction on chemicals are destroyed."

The clothes aren't being binned due to the winds of fashion, they promise, although this raises the odd question of how H&M comes to be in possession of 15 tonnes of unsafe or rotten clothing in the course of a year. That seems a little careless. [Bloomberg via MSN]

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