Unsold clothes power electrical plant

A power plant north of Stockholm in Sweden is burning recycled wood and garbage – including 15 tonnes of discarded clothing from the global fashion chain H&M – instead of coal to generate electricity.

“For us it’s a burnable material,” the plant’s head of fuel supplies, Jens Neren, told Bloomberg.

“Our goal is to use only renewable and recycled fuels.”

Sweden has an almost entirely emission-free power system thanks to its hydro, nuclear and wind plants, however, some regions still use fossil fuels to heat homes and offices during winter.

By converting old power plants to burn biofuels and garbage, Sweden is hoping to get rid of its remaining oil and coal units by 2019.