Wednesday, January 06, 2010

H&M Destroys, Dumps, Doesn't Donate Clothes That Don't Sell


And a happy new year to you too! A particularly vile story from The New York Times: The 34th Street Herald Square H&M has been intentionally destroying and dumping clothes that don't sell -- destroying perfectly good winter coats, jackets, and more warm stuff, so that the clothing can't be worn. Instead of donating the clothing to the countless New Yorkers (or people worldwide) who are freezing. The irony -- directly below that H&M is a train station where COLD HOMELESS PEOPLE ARE LIVING. Why? Because unfortunately it's not hard to find homeless people in New York. HOW is H&M not donating these warm winter items?

The story is currently trending on Twitter, so hopefully that instant spreading of information, as well as the gravity of the initial Times story will be a wake-up call for H&M and encourage them to take some kind of retroactive responsibility -- donating a substantial amount of money and clothing to a local and/or national homeless organization or outreach center like New York Cares.

8 comments:

futurelint said...

ZOMG! This is so ridiculously appalling!!!

Mary-Kate Hopkinson said...

Go, Internet, go! I'm confident that this PR nightmare will force them to mend their awful, awful, ways.

Tamron Lohan said...

Yeah they've said that they'll stop. Too little too late, I say! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/07/hms-nyc-store-to-stop-tra_n_414472.html

g0r3vette said...

I agree this is HORRIBLE... but also it's nothing new... Anthropologie does the exact same thing!

http://www.lovemaegan.com/2008/11/anthropologie-secrets.html

Lila said...

When I used to work in retail I asked my supervisor about what happened to the all the clothing that was never sold. I was told that the clothing was shipped back to company HQ and from there, well, she didn't know. All I could think was, "they better do something good with those clothes like donate them."
Shame on you H&M and Wal-Mart!

erikabianca said...

Wow, that's ridiculous. Haven't they heard of Warehouse Sales? And they should donate it or at least sale at a cheaper price.

Diamonds said...

Isn't that something that Chanel does? I didn't expect that from h&m!

donald said...

This is ridiculous, I hope that they donate this to charity.

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