Feb 16, 2021

Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK

Dear valued donors, 

Despite the ongoing setbacks of COVID-19, we have continued to drive change here in Hong Kong to reduce fashion’s environmental impact. We are delighted to share the below updates with you and thank you for your ongoing support in our work to cut the waste out of fashion. 

New Takeback Partners

We are delighted to announce new additions to our Take Back Programme! Working in partnership with Rue Madame, Jeeves and Inditex Group (Zara, Zara Home, Massimo Dutti, Pull&Bear, Oysho and Berska), members of the public can now take their unwanted used clothing to 34 locations across  Hong Kong and Macao. Collected clothing is first sorted before being redistributed, resold or, if absolutely necessary, recycled by Redress to increase the lifespan of the textile or maximise its inherent value. Our current partners are: 

Find out more about our Takeback programme here

Get Redressed Month Success!

Our 2020 consumer campaign, designed to ignite the circular economy and encourage people to keep clothing in use for longer, proved to be the most successful to date. 

Our annual Get Redressed Month has become one of our key vehicles for engaging with the public and educating them about keeping clothes in use for longer. The month-long campaign is not only an opportunity for people to rethink their relationship with fashion, but also a chance for us to highlight the negative impact that the fashion industry has on the environment. After two successful campaigns, we were determined not to let the challenges presented by Covid-19 stand in our way in expanding our reach through partnerships with corporates, brands and schools.

Overall, we engaged with 59 companies, brands and schools through Get Redressed Month 2020. We placed 52 public collection points in shopping centres, shops and restaurants in addition to the 14 points in schools and corporate businesses. We continued our work with schools and businesses to educate people on the impact of fashion waste on our environment. We conducted 35 talks to businesses, organisations and schools both online and offline, reaching over 5,000 individuals across a range of ages, demographics and income brackets.

Want to know more? Read the Get Redressed Month 2020 Impact Report 

As always, we want to thank you for continued support through these difficult times. We are learning to adapt whilst the world changes and continue to find new ways we can encourage behaviour change and keep clothing in use for longer.

Best wishes,

Gwendoline

Oct 19, 2020

Emerging designers innovate and disrupt a fashion industry in crisis

Redress Design Award 2020 finalists' collection
Redress Design Award 2020 finalists' collection

Dear valued donors,

This year Redress, like so many others, have had to adapt and change quickly - founder Christina Dean shared, “What a year! With the global pandemic disrupting our plans for the 10th cycle of the Redress Design Award, and at the same time underlining the urgency for our work to transform fashion’s waste, our activities evolved to take place virtually, joining our finalists and audiences from their homes across the world to highlight the crisis. And a crisis is the perfect opportunity for our designers to innovate and disrupt fashion industry practices that are wreaking havoc on our planet's resources.”

In the weeks leading up to the Redress Design Award 2020 Grand Final this September, our 10 finalists participated in a series of educational expert talks, and virtual challenges to learn about all aspects of the sustainable fashion industry, gaining real industry insights and exclusive access to leading experts.

Redress hosted the Digital Up-Cycling Challenge in partnership with TAL Apparel and Browzwear, where finalists were tasked to use digital design and sampling to demonstrate their up-cycling skills using Browzwear’s software to provide design-manufacturing solutions to address TAL’s Covid-19 related deadstock.

For the Made for Change Challenge finalists were asked to develop a sustainable and scalable business concept which brought VF Corporation’s brand Timberland’s purpose of life through responsible design and re-manufacturing of deadstock fabric.

The Grand Final Show, saw the announcement of the womenswear (Juliana Garcia Bello from Argentina) and first standalone menswear first prizes and the menswear first prize (Le Ngoc Ha Thu from Vietnam). Explore our winners collections here.

The Redress Team are now working on finishing up the 10th cycle, with finalists’ exhibitions in Hong Kong and Amsterdam for Fashion for Good. We are gearing up for the 11th cycle launching in January 2021 – ready to educate and inspire emerging sustainable fashion designers.

Fashion’s waste is a significant challenge. The industry is estimated to generate 92 million tons of textile waste1 annually worldwide. Covid-19 is set to increase this; 60% of textile and clothing companies expect their sales to drop by half in the short term2 and with this leading to deadstock and cancelled orders. The Redress Design Award 2020 finalists’ collections demonstrate numerous solutions to reduce waste throughout the entire fashion supply chain and also across industries. The appetite for change and collaboration has never been greater.

Your continued support enables us to continue generating meaningful impact and we thank you! Donate here 

If you’d like to find out more please refer to these quick links:

Best wishes,

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Oct 16, 2020

Circular Fashion Programme Update

Redress Survey Results
Redress Survey Results

 

New Hong Kong Consumer Survey

We recently comissioned our first ever Hong Kong consumer survey, which set out to find out more about the way Hongkongers' clothing consumption habits.  Our survey found that almost one in three Hong Kong consumers discard their unwanted clothing in the bin, and further revealed that almost one-third of clothes in Hong Kong wardrobes are never or rarely worn. 

See what else our survey found on our website.

Get Redressed Month in Full Swing

Our annual consumer campaign to encourage Hongkongers to keep their clothing in use for longer launched at the start of October. Although we have had to make some changes this year due to the global pandemic, we are really encouraged by the support we have received so far.  To date, we have over 70 comapnies and schools taking part in the campaign and have managed to secure over 50 public locations where the general public can drop off their unwanted clothes for us to resell, reuse and recycle.  We have also launched a competition searching for some of the oldest and most treasured items in the region's wardrobes.

Find out how you can participate here.

Past and Future Public Events

As part of Get Redressed Month the Circular Fashion Programme ran it's first virtual panel event 'Fashion, Sustainability and COVID - The HK Outlook'.  We had over 70 attendees from across the world, and the recently released survey results made for interesting discussion matter.  Take a look at the visual we created during the event for a general overview of the points discussed.

We are also running two virtual denim upcycling workshops as part of Get Redressed Month, register to take part and watch past event recordings here.

Thank You!

As always, we want to thank you for continued support through these difficult times. We are learning to adapt whilst the world changes and continue to find new ways we can encourage behaviour change and keep clothing in use for longer.

Visual round up of our GRM Virtual Panel Event
Visual round up of our GRM Virtual Panel Event

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