SFA'S MICHAEL SCHRAGGER MODERATES THE GLOBAL CHANGE AWARD CEREMONY AT STOCKHOLM'S CITY HALL, 5th APRIL 2017 | Sustainable Fashion Academy

SFA'S MICHAEL SCHRAGGER MODERATES THE GLOBAL CHANGE AWARD CEREMONY AT STOCKHOLM'S CITY HALL, 5th APRIL 2017

Sally Kennedy

The Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA)’s Founder and Managing Director and Chair, The Global Leadership Award in Sustainable Apparel (GLASA), Michael Schragger, moderated the H&M Foundation´s Global Change Award Grand Award Ceremony at Stockholm City Hall in Stockholm, Sweden yesterday evening, 5 April, 2017. 

The Global Change Award is an innovation challenge initiated by the non-profit H&M Foundation in 2015. By catalysing early innovations that can accelerate the shift from a linear to a circular fashion industry, the aim of the challenge and award is to protect the planet and our living conditions. This year’s panel was represented by 9 experts with extensive knowledge in the fields of fashion, sustainability, circularity and innovation. The five winners were selected from among 2,885 applications from 130 different countries. They share a grant of €1 million and will receive a one-year innovation accelerator provided by the H&M Foundation, Accenture and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

This year, the countries with the most Global Change Award applicants were India, US, Nigeria, UK, Italy, Sweden, Macedonia, Indonesia, Iran and Bangladesh, and 56 percent of the applicants were women. 

The winners of Global Change Award 2016 in short: 

1. Manure couture - Making cow manure-based fabric 

2. Denim-dyed denim - Letting used denim give colour to new denim 

3. Solar textiles - Harvesting the sun’s energy to make fashion fabrics 

4. Content thread - Facilitating sorting and recycling of clothes using a digital thread. 

5. Grape leather (First Prize)-  Using leftovers from winemaking to create fully vegetal leather

The international expert panel, chosen for their extensive knowledge in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability and fashion, included: 

David Roberts, Distinguished Faculty, Singularity University

Rebecca Earley, Professor in Sustainable Textile and Fashion Design at University of the Arts London and Director of its Textile Futures Research Centre.

Ellis Rubinstein, President and CEO, The New York Academy of Sciences.

Amber Valletta, Supermodel, actress, entrepreneur and sustainability influencer.

Lewis Perkins, President of Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

Johan L. Kuylenstierna, Executive Director for Stockholm Environment Institute.

Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Vikram Widge, Head of Climate and Carbon Finance at the World Bank Group.

The late Franca Sozzani, Editor in Chief of Vogue Italia, an expert panel member in 2015 and 2016, who sadly passed away in December 2016, before having the chance to help select this year ́s winners. 

Apparel products are very influential because they reach and engage almost everyone. But the apparel industry contributes significantly to and is affected by the environmental degradation and social challenges we are now facing. Given the scale, complexity and urgency of the challenges we face, bolder, more ambitious approaches are needed. That is why the Global Change Award is so important. If the fashion industry is going to operate in harmony with people and the planet, we need to identify and invest significantly in innovation sustainable apparel solutions. There is no other option. We must act now.” — Sustainable Fashion Academy’s Founder and Managing Director, Michael Schragger. 

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