H&M and Wal-Mart Destroying Unsold Clothes: H&M Statement
News is starting to make the rounds on the Internet and Twitter today about a H&M clothing store in New York destroying their unsold clothes instead of donating them to the homeless. A few doors away a Wal-Mart was found to be conducting the same practice.
The stores are located just east of Sixth Avenue in Manhattan on 35th street and a woman named Cynthia Magnus found bags of sliced and mutilated clothing outside the H&M's back door. A homeless couple were going through the bags trying to find clothes that had escaped the knife. The woman said that most of the clothes they found here were cut up; what makes it even more devastating is that this is clothing that has never been worn.
A Wal-Mart spokesperson said that the company ususally donates their unsold clothes and would have to investiage why it didn't occure this time.
However, Cynthia Magnus said that H&M is a repeat offender and that she's seen this before:
“Gloves with the fingers cut off,” Ms. Magnus said, reciting the inventory of ruined items. “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.” The jackets were tagged $59, $79 and $129.
Around the corner from this H&M is New York Cares, company dedicated to taking care of the homeless.
“We’d be glad to take unworn coats, and companies often send them to us,” said Colleen Farrell, a spokeswoman for New York Cares.
So far, Cynthia has received no message back from H&M.
They have released a statement about the matter today:
"H&M is committed to taking responsibility for how our operations affect both people and the environment. Our policy is to donate any damaged usable garments to charity. We're currently investigating an incident in a NY store that is not representative of our policy. We will follow with more information as soon as we are able. H&M's US sales operation donates thousands of garments each year through Gifts In Kind Int."
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