On January 5th, The New York Times discovered that clothing stores such as H&M and Wal-Mart throw out their brand-new unsold clothing… which is nothing new, but to make sure people can’t just take home trash bags filled with clothes, the companies tore holes and shredded the clothing. After backlash, the company has decided they will no longer destroy clothing but instead donate it to charity, as they should have been doing all along.
“It will not happen again,” said Nicole Christie, a spokeswoman for H & M in New York. “We are committed 100 percent to make sure this practice is not happening anywhere else, as it is not our standard practice.”
Ms. Christie said it was H & M’s policy to donate unworn clothing to charitable groups. She said that she did not know why the store on 34th Street was slashing the clothes, and that the company was checking to make sure that none of its other stores were doing so.
A spokeswoman for Wal-Mart said basically the same thing — she didn’t know why their clothes were destroyed and dumped when it’s company policy to donate them.
Cynthia Magnus, who attends classes at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York on Fifth Avenue was the one who noticed the piles of discarded clothing as she walked to the subway station in Herald Square.
“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.”
What a shame. Hopefully H&M will keep to their word and donate these bags to charity like they said they would.