Wednesday, January 06, 2010

New York Times article reveals H&M's wasteful ways.

The New York Times caused quite the PR nightmare for retail mecca H&M yesterday when it published an article revealing H&M actually destroys unsold merchandise and trashes it so others can't reuse it. Fingers are also pointed at Walmart who allegedly follows the same practice.

Saddest part of this story? The New York H&M where the investigation occurred is just around the corner from a New York Cares, a non-profit organization that helps those in need. Check out the full New York Times article here. 

Thought I'd also add a somewhat ironic commercial from H&M announcing the Karl Lagerfeld collection back in 2004.


  1. This, unfortunately, is a very common practice in retail. They'd rather destroy product than give it to charity. Of course the same can be said of the food industry as well. Ever been by a restaurant and noticed the locks on the dumpsters? For some reason our society is protective of our waste. Big business would rather throw it out, destroy it, let it rot than give it to those in need. Sickening.

  2. I know this is old, but wanted to say my one cent. The Wal-Mart I worked at did donate clothing that we "claimsed" out to an abused women house, but the person that use to come by to pick it up stopped showing up. We also donated "claimsed" pet food and the lady, to my knowledge, still comes by weekly to pick it up and drop it off at various shelters. Because of set laws, we are not allowed to donate regular groceries. Also cannot resell groceries and other consumable (Advil, Peptol Bismol, etc) once it leaves the store. As far as I know, we are not allowed to take stuff to the places for integrity reasons, but if an organization asks for a donation form and hands it in requesting clothing/pet food that would get thrown away, they usually help.

  3. No problem! I wish we were able to help more, but since some people like to tear stuff up purposely and then try to get it at a discount, they have these rules and stipulations and other such crap so it actually does go to a good place and not just to the cheap bastards. :)

  4. Das ist ja interessant, das kannte ich bislang gar nicht.


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