Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK

by Redress Limited
Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK
Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK
Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK
Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK
Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK
Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK
Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK
Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK
Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK
Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK
Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK
Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK
Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK
Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK
Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK
Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK
Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK
Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK
Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK
Reducing Fashion's Environmental Impact in HK

CIRCULAR FASHION EDUCATION TOOLKIT OFFERS FUN AND FREE BILINGUAL RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS IN HONG KONG

Consumers now buy 60% more clothes than they did 15 years ago, but behind this increased appetite lies a tremendous trail of waste and pollution. Redress’ ECF toolkit works to change this by educating the next generation. Among the resources on offer is ‘Our Jeans and the Planet’, an interactive learning website that goes behind-the-scenes into the manufacturing of a wardrobe staple, a pair of jeans. From choosing the raw material to transportation methods, the virtual tour offers visitors the power of choice throughout the entire production process, sharing stakeholder opinions and stats about the environmental impact of each decision made along the way.

Students may also enjoy ‘Yoyo and the World’s Coolest T-shirt’, Hong Kong’s first educational comic book about sustainable fashion. The book follows school girl Yoyo and her brother Kevin’s adventures as they come up with ways to repurpose a favourite shirt so it does not get thrown out. Besides a physical book, the story is also available as an e-book and in read-along videos. Schools in Hong Kong are welcome to contact Redress to arrange a reading session.

Another resource designed for young learners is ‘Circular Fashion in Hong Kong’, a student-made educational video series exploring the current landscape of sustainable fashion in the city. The videos include compelling visuals, storytelling, statistics, and interviews to help students get a better understanding of the issues within the local context.

Explore the toolkit.

CELEBRATING SUCCESS, OUR 2021 IMPACT

If 2020 was the year that Covid shocked our world into a troubled standstill, 2021 was the year we all started adapting to a new world norm. Like others, Redress changed gears to bring our work into a hybrid world; mixing virtual and physical events and campaigns together in new formats whilst never diluting our resolve to reduce fashion’s negative impacts.

We’re proud to share our achievements across our programmes and projects in our 2021 Annual Impact Report

We’d like to send a huge heartfelt thank you to all of our stakeholders, partners, volunteers and donors, both locally and globally — we couldn’t have done this without your support.

BASED IN HONG KONG?

Our community clothes-sorting sessions have resumed, and we need your help! We are currently facing a 7-tonne backlog of unsorted clothing in our warehouse storage, waiting to be recirculated to our charity partners and other recycling channels. Visit Hands On Hong Kong to sign up for volunteering and help us tackle this pile-up!

Mark your calendar! Our Get Redressed Summer Pop-up is scheduled for 12–17 July. Come shop for trendy and affordable secondhand items with us! Details coming soon.

In light of the improving pandemic situation, The Redress Closet was re-opened on 7 May. Our opening hours remain from Wednesday to Sunday 12–3pm and 4–7pm. Come shop for the summer with our latest always-changing, curated selection of secondhand clothing and accessories for women and men!

Please consider donating to us monthly to help us support the ongoing growing financial challenges of collecting and redistributing clothing waste. Simply click the ‘donate monthly’ tab on our page here to set this up.

Best wishes,

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Dear valued donors,

REDRESS CELEBRATES A RECORD-BREAKING GET REDRESSED MONTH

Our annual October campaign, Get Redressed Month, shines a spotlight on the issue of clothing waste, encouraging Hongkongers to rethink how they buy, use and dispose of clothing. Last October, thousands of companies, clubs, schools and individuals across Hong Kong chose to give their unwanted clothes a new life by participating in Hong Kong’s largest clothing drive, and some went even further and gave secondhand clothing a try for the first time!

We were overwhelmed with the out-pouring of support for the campaign from companies, schools and retailers, with many partners returning for the second, third and even fourth time; and new school and company recruits taking part in the clothing drive, hosting educational talks, organising Get Redressed Days and even running their own mini secondhand pop-up stores!

Take a look at the results of the Get Redressed Month 2021 campaign HERE and keep an eye out for updates about the 2022 campaign on our website and social media. 

CELEBRATING SUCCESS, OUR 2020 IMPACT 

Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19 in 2020, Redress were not slowed in our mission to cut waste out of fashion and we’re proud to share our achievements across our projects from the Redress Design Award to the Circular Fashion Programme in our 2020 Impact Report here

We’d like to send a huge heartfelt thank you to you all, both locally and globally - we couldn’t have done this without your support. 

2022 is an ambitious year for us across all our projects - please consider donating to us monthly to help us support the ongoing growing financial challenges of collecting and redistributing clothing waste. Simply click the ‘donate monthly’ tab on our page here to set this up. 

Best wishes,

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Shop Secondhand Instagram - See more @GetRedressed
Shop Secondhand Instagram - See more @GetRedressed

It's October and our annual consumer campaign, Get Redressed Month is fully underway. This is an annual consumer campaign that aims to encourage Hongkongers to reduce their clothing waste, by donating unwanted items and choosing to shop secondhand.

Give clothes new life!

Thousands of Hong Kongers are already clearing out their wardrobes and donating their unwanted items across the region at over 220 locations. This year we have 120 companies, schools and retailers all participating in our October campaign. 

The Get Redressed Clothing Drive is the largest clothing drive in Hong Kong. What makes our clothing drive unique is that our environmental message remains at the heart of the campaign - to promote circularity in fashion and reduce clothing waste. We do not sell clothing overseas for profit and adopt a sustainable operations policy for example, by using plastic alternatives in our logistics. All clothing collected during October will be sorted at our huge sorting event, the Get Redressed Sort-a-thon, and designated for:

  • Resale by our newly opened secondhand store The Redress Closet, and other partners in the region selling secondhand items.
  • Reuse by local Hong Kong charities.
  • Recyled or downcycled in partnership with third parties.

Find out where you can donate your unwanted clothing in Hong Kong via our website or on our Instagram page @GetRedressed

 

Give secondhand a try!

Shopping secondhand is one of the best ways you can make your wardrobe greener. In Hong Kong, shopping secondhand has yet to reach the popularity heights seen in countries like the UK, Japan or America. This year, we wanted to encourage more Hongkongers to give secondhand shopping a try, and so we collaborated with other secondhand stores in Hong Kong to create a new Secondhand Shopping Directory on our website. We hope that by using our existing platform and connections we can drive more traffic to local secondhand stores. 

If you are in Hong Kong, you may even have spotted our shop secondhand posters across the MTR network, which were created in collaboration with our Get Redressed Ambassadors Alex Lam, Minnie Wong and Ellie Furuya.

Get Redressed Collection Box in Store at GEOX
Get Redressed Collection Box in Store at GEOX

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Dear friends of Redress,

Whilst COVID continues to make its prewsence felt globally, we are fortunate that here in Hong Kong our day-to-day operations have started to normalise.

Volunteer programme returns to full operations

We have been able to offer in-person volunteering sessions, where we sort through clothing that is given to through our city-wide take back programme, and also to sort through the backlog of clothes received during last year's Get Redressed Month campaign.  A very welcome return, as our warehouse was starting to get rather full!

Since April we have held twelve sorting sessions with the community, sorted around 15 tonnes of clothing and delivered approx. 10.9 tonnes of clothing to ten charity partners across Hong Kong including Crossroads, Refugee Union, Pathfinders, YWCA, Caritas, Castaways, YWAM, HK Dog Rescue, LAPS and Catherine's Puppies. 

If you are in Hong Kong and would like to volunteer with us you can do so through the Hands on Hong Kong website.

Launching Get Redressed Month - October 2021

With the easing of restrictions we have been able to plan for a campaign that allows for more personal interactions, including the return of our signature clothes sorting event, the sort-a-thon.  This year our signature clothing drive will also be back in offices and schools once again, and we will continue to work with major retailers to offer drop off locations across the Hong Kong.

Our campaign will continue to call for the reuse of unwanted clothing in order to tackle the environmental impact the fashion industry has on the planet.  We will also be shining the spotlight on choosing to buy secondhand clothes here in Hong Kong, a location where currently there are limited options available.

We will be launching on Monday 19th July - so please do visit our website to find out more and register to participate.

Thank you

Once again we'd like to take this oppotunity to thank you for your continued support.  These continue to be difficult times for everyone across the globe, and we are grateful that you have chosen to donate to Redress and our campaign to reduce the environmental impact of fashion.

Best wishes

Nastasia

Clothes Sorting Categories
Clothes Sorting Categories

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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

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Location: Hong Kong - Hong Kong SAR
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Nastasia Malatesta
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