Our Circular Fashion Programme runs a free city-wide clothing donation service, that carefully sorts donated clothes into multiple waste streams to either be resold, donated to a network of 20+ charities and recycled. We also devise public campaigns and free learning materials for schools allowing consumers to better understand the precious resources used to make our clothes, adopt a more sustainable mindset when it comes to fashion choices and encouraging clothes to be kept in use for longer.
The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world, and is responsible for an estimated 10% of global carbon emissions. Yet we are buying more; 60% more clothing a year on average than we were 15 years ago, with 100 billion+ items of clothing being made every year. Wearing it less; the number of times clothes are worn in China has decreased by 70% over the past 15 years. And throwing it away faster; in Hong Kong alone, we dispose of 393 tonnes of textiles everyday.
This project doesn't just provide a solution for disposing of unwanted clothes, we also engage with stakeholders through education to make lasting change in the ways that we consume and dispose of fashion. We encourage circular approaches to fashion so that we can reduce the environmental impact of the industry. It is clear with the scale of the problem that we need industry-wide change. Our role as consumers is to drive those changes, but our own choices also make a difference.
To continue building our capacity to deal with more textile waste and to establish reuse and recycling of textiles as a standard for Hong Kong citizens, with the aim to contributing to the reduction of Hong Kong's textile waste to landfill.
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