A Swedish power plant is working to eliminate fossil fuels by 2020. To get to this goal, they have started burning recycled wood and garbage - including rejected clothing from H&M warehouses.
"For us, it's burnable material. Our goal is to use only renewable and recycled fuels," said Jens Neren, head of fuel supplies at Malarenergi AB.
This plant has burned 15 tons of rejected clothing from H&M warehouses in 2017. However, the plant burns about 400,000 tons of trash to make fuel in a year and supplies 150,000 households with energy.
The Head of Communications for H&M, Johanna Dahl said, "It is our legal obligation to make sure that clothes that contain mold or do not comply with our strict restrictions on chemicals are destroyed. H&M does not burn [for fuel] any clothes that are safe to use."
Renewable energy is constantly replenished and will never run out. Power plants that utilize these resources over fossil fuels are choosing not to use sources like coal, oil, or natural gas that cannot replenish.