Why is H&M Destroying and Discarding New Clothes?

H&M is under attack for purposely destroying the clothing they chuck out their backdoor on 35th Street in New York City.

Why is H&M Destroying and Discarding New Clothes?

H&M is under attack for purposely destroying the clothing they chuck out their backdoor on 35th Street in New York City.

-Carolyn French

Cynthia Magnus

Bags of unsold garments from H&M‘s New York store are being sliced and diced with razor blades or box cutters, rendering them unusable, a woman named Pepa,who weeds through the items on a regular basis, told the New York Times.

A second witness to the unspeakable procedure, Cynthia Magnus, discovered roughly 20 bags of mangled H&M clothing outside the chain’s midtown Manhattan on December 7.

“Gloves with the fingers cut off,” she noted. “Warm socks. Cute patent-leather Mary Jane school shoes, maybe for fourth graders, with the instep cut up with a scissor. Men’s jackets, slashed across the body and the arms. The puffy fiber fill was coming out in big white cotton balls.”

As if it could get any worse, around the corner from H&M is a collection point for New York Cares that holds an annual coat drive for the needy.

“We’d be glad to take unworn coats, and companies often send them to us,” said Colleen Farrell, a rep for New York Cares.

H&M has yet to respond to inquiries about the company’s disposal practices. (The New York Times)

What do you think about H&M’s method of disposing of unsold stock?

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  1. Can’t they atleast do something nice with them instead…like donating them to charity for needy people who would be more than happy to have the unsold un-trendy clothes they haven’t sold.

  2. what a waste and shame! h&m should change that policy now or it could loss more than what they “throw away” everyday. give it to charity guys-don’t just destroy it and pitch it!! crazy!

  3. I am so disappointed. I used to shop there all the time. Glad they got caught. Maybe it will prompt them to donate the clothes. The $1 sale idea was great, too.

  4. I’m shocked and disappointed! Yay for the dollar sale! Donate the unused clothing or fade out from the malls! I often wondered what H&M stood for. Now I know it’s Hacked & Mangled!

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