At the end of March 2018, WEAR Sustain awardee Aniela Hoitink of MycoTEX received the prestigious H&M Global Change Award, an innovation challenge initiated by the non-profit H&M Foundation, for her project Fungi Fashion, which abandons the traditional textile manufacturing processes, such as knitting and weaving, to let textiles “grow”.
This award leads on from Aniela’s research, and the funding received from WEAR Sustain to develop “a completely biodegradable product, which is more sustainable then a product with non-biodegradable components”.
The Global Change Award is one of the world’s biggest challenges for early stage innovation and the first such initiative in the fashion industry. It was created in 2016 by the H&M Foundation to encourage sustainable innovations in the fashion industry, and is known as “The Nobel Prize of Fashion“.
Besides an Award, MycoTEX is also granted €150,000 and participation in the global accelerator program with H&M Foundation, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Fjord and Accenture. They kicked off with a first week in Stockholm creating insights and goals, and next stops will be New York and Shanghai, where they will have learning and networking opportunities as well as exclusive industry insights.