Power Plant Burns H&M Clothes Instead Of Coal


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Swedish scientists are looking for ways to reuse old, damaged, rejected clothes, and by converting a power plant in Vasteras from burning coal to burning other environment friendly materials for fuel they may have found a solution. This power plant, called Malarenergi AB, has determined that burning H&M clothes could help reduce air pollution, according to independent.co.uk.

Malarenergi AB doesn’t burn any wearable clothes, however. This power plant only burns the clothes that are moldy, not made correctly, older, and “not in trend” clothes, according to bloomberg.com.

Although Swedes have been attempting to reduce car fuel emissions since 2014, nevertheless, the “levels of air pollution are still high in many towns and cities, where they exceed EU air quality standards and national environmental objectives,” according to smhi.se.

Something else that Sweden has been doing differently is changing what they burn in their factories. “The city’s power plants are now converting from oil- and coal-fired power to burning recycled wood and trash, including clothes from the local H&M warehouse,” stated fastcompany.com.

Burning clothes, trash, and recycled wood is a solution to the problem of harmful air pollution. Coal is a fossil fuel, so when it is burned it creates greenhouse gases. Clothes are made of fabric, so when they are burned, it does not release greenhouse gas into the air, because fabric isn’t a fossil fuel, according tolenntech.com.

This means that Malarenergi AB’s idea of burning clothes is a good one, because while creating fuel for their power plant using clothes, they are being a big part of saving the environment, according to nationalgeographic.com.