We want to inspire fashion consumers to take an active role in reducing the environmental impacts of their clothes. Through our consumer programmes we educate, inspire and enable people to make better choices around how they buy, wear, care and dispose of their clothing. We organise campaigns, workshops, clothing drives, pop-up shops and exhibitions to drive positive behaviour change. We also collaborate with brands to drive more sustainable fashion options for consumers. Most recently, we have written a consumer book called Dress [with] Sense. Read about our recent work with consumers below.
28 November – 2 December 2018, B/F OnTheList, Printing House, 6 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong
Temperatures are dropping and the festive season is approaching – it’s time to freshen up your wardrobe for a good cause! Hong Kong-based environmental charity, Redress invites you to snap up preloved bargains at our Get Redressed charity pop-up shop, Wednesday 28 November through Sunday 2 December 2018.
7pm-9:30pm, 31 October 2018, 3 Keys Craft Space, Chai Wan
We will be using shredded, recycled fabrics to weave with in this special one off workshop!
We will have lots of clothes, kindly donated from Redress, for participants to choose from and cut up to use as chunky yarn and restyle into a beautiful woven wall hanging!
This class is ideal for beginners who are interested in learning the basics of weaving on a lap loom.
6.30pm, 17 October 2018, at STUDIO CLUB, 1 On Hing Terrace, Hong Kong
Our friends at Green is the New Black Asia are hosting a discussion with thought leaders, tech entrepreneurs, and fashion experts decreasing the negative impact of the fashion industry.
9am-10.30am, 11 October 2018, at Retykle, 57-59 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong
We have partnered with Retykle to provide this workshop as part their October pop-up programme of events. Drop in from 9am to try your hand at transforming an out of use T-Shirt into a fabulous new necklace using a no-sewing needed up-cycling technique.
7pm, 10 October 2018, at Cafe 8, Central Ferry Pier No. 8
Together with Hong Kong Green Drinks we will be hosting an event to discuss the environmentally damaging issue of textile waste and how Hong Kong is planning to tackle it. Alongside the talk we will also be hosting a mini clothes swap…
Our friends over at NIDO ASIA are holding a secondhand sale in Sheung Wan, and if you have some unworn wardrobe gems you are looking to cash in, you can sell too! All unsold stock will be donated to Redress as part of our #getredressed city wide clothing drive throughout the month of October.
Be inspired about how the positive power of fashion can transform waste into want
Select garments from the eleven 2018 Redress Design Award Finalists’ collections are on display from 14–23 September at the Mercedes me Store, as part of HKTDC’s ‘Hong Kong in Fashion’ – a month-long city wide campaign promoting fashion, trends and creativity at various trendsetting hotspots.
Smart Fashion Runway, initiated by PMQ, is a creative program for Hong Kong fashion designers to showcase their talents to industry experts and the general public, through engaging them in innovations and new trends.
Our Education Director Kay Liu will join the Design Dialogue led by Vivianne Lau (Smart Fashion Runway) with Kay Wong (Co-founder of Fashion Clinic), Johanna Ho (Co-founder of Phvlo), Denise Ho (Consultant of The R Collective) on the developments, opportunities and challenges in fashion industry from different perspectives under the theme of 'Fashion conscious | Conscious fashion' on 8 September, 2-4 pm.
Join us front row for the Grand Final of the Redress Design Award 2018 - the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition - where we will showcase striking, waste-reducing collections from exceptional emerging sustainable design talents across the world and announce the winners! Representing 11 different regions across the world including Hong Kong, India and the UK, and transforming waste in innovative ways, these designers represent a new future for fashion.
Along with the Redress Design Award 2018 Grand Final at HKTDC’s CENTRESTAGE Redress are also celebrating our alumni designers from the previous seven cycles of the competition: From 5-8 September, we will be presenting six sustainable alumni brands - Pat Guzik, Angus Tsui, Artisan (designed by David Lee), Absurd Laboratory (designed by Eric Wong), Classics Anew (designed by Janko Lam) and The R Collective (designed by Lia Kassif), which will be on display in Hall 3B.
This month hundreds of Hong Kongers visited our latest Pop-up shop eager to get their hands on quality secondhand clothes and accessories from the Redress closet. Our Pop-up generated valuable funding for Redress and our work to cut waste out of fashion whilst promoting the local circular economy, as shoppers revealed in the treasures that we freed from hibernation in Hong Kong’s wardrobes and put back into use in one of our largest clothing drives to date!
We have been celebrating the successes of our Redress Design Award Alumni across the world more and more of late with these stars of sustainability proving that there is no stopping positive change in fashion through collaborations, awards won and high profile exhibitions. So when Runway Asia approached us to help select style with substance for their annual runway event, we jumped at the chance to recommend our talented alumni. In fact, 8 of the 9 Hong Kong brands showcased during this glamour filled event were our alumni and included Classics Anew, Artisan Angus Tsui, Tiffany Pattinson, Alex Leau, Absurd Laboratory and newly launched Seer, as well as The R Collective (designed by alumni Kévin Germanier and Victor Chu). They showed alongside local sustainable fashion brand LaMy Dragonfly bringing positive fashion options to a packed audience, and we think they looked pretty dapper!
Do you have a closet full of clothes but always feel like you have nothing to wear? Have you ever bought a piece of clothing, worn it once and then never again? Or maybe you never found an occasion to wear something you bought and the tag is still on? We think all these unwanted clothes in the back of your closet deserve a second life!
After two successful events in Spain and the US, Christy Chow, winner of Hong Kong Human Rights Art Prize 2017 presents Second Life – a large-scale art installation in the form of a clothing exchange on 25 May at The Hive Sai Kung, Hong Kong.
Join us for a night of fashion at The Hive Sai Kung, Hong Kong on 24th May! There will be a sustainable fashion pop-up and a screening of documentary, Frontline Fashion 2 followed by a Q&A session with Executive Producer of Mustard Collective Lindsay Robertson and Redress Executive Director Anneleise Smillie, who will share their behind-the-scenes stories.
Join us to get a slice of the action at our exclusive DIY workshops at PizzaExpress this May! Breathe new life into your unworn T-shirts and lighten the load and the environmental impact of your wardrobe through up-cycling techniques such as patching, cutting, knotting and embellishment techniques. You’ll soon be ready for the summer with your fabulous new design!
Thanks to an introduction from our recent 10 for 10 campaign partner, John Masters Organics, we are delighted to be partnering with award-winning fashion designer Ranee K, by supplying discarded materials that were destined for landfill for her to transform into a collection of modern Qipao dresses.
The resulting collection will be on sale at the John Masters Organics Sun Street Pop-up Store from 2-22 May 2018 with up to 25% of the sales (depending on the percentage of textile waste used in each piece) being donated to Redress to support our critical work to cut waste out of fashion.
Adjoined by a commitment to craftsmanship and sustainability, EAST, Hong Kong joins hands with Redress, featuring Angus Tsui, a local fashion designer and Redress Design Award alumni, to co-present “The Art of Eco Couture” exhibition, which hopes to raise public awareness towards textile waste through art. Redress is a Hong Kong-based environmental NGO that strives to reduce textile waste in the fashion industry through a series of dynamic programmes.
From 22 – 25th November, we hosted our ever-popular secondhand clothing pop-up shop to generate funds to support Redress in continuing our 10 year legacy of work to cut waste out of fashion. The Get Redressed Pop-up Shop was sponsored by OnTheList, who organise weekly flash sales of past season inventories in partnership with premium brands. With a shared vision to minimise the waste of fashion surplus, our secondhand pop-up took place in their showroom to bring greater awareness to their community.
From 6 - 19th November, Redress is holding the Get Redressed x Miele Clothing Drive 2017. In partnership with multiple corporates and with six public locations supported by Miele, 01 Space, Caelum Greene and PizzaExpress we will be collecting unwanted secondhand clothing and accessory donations, which benefit local environmental and welfare charities across Hong Kong, and will raise awareness about high clothing waste rates.
Select pieces from the EcoChic Design Award 2017 finalist's collections will be exhibited in Amsterdam in the Fashion For Good Experience Centre from 2nd November - 24th December.
Select pieces from the EcoChic Design Award 2017 finalists’ work, plus our Hong Kong Best winner will be exhibited at Hysan Place, Hong Kong from 5th - 14th October.
EcoChic Design Award 2017 first prize winner, Kate Morris, will have her winning collection feature prominently in an installation at Asia's leading iconic luxury department store, Lane Crawford.
The Redress x Miele Consumer Care Challenge took our 10 EcoChic Design Award 2017 finalists on an exploratory journey into the depths of secondhand clothing bins located around Hong Kong to discover the missed potential of discarded clothes. Our 10 finalists explored how fashion designers influence a garment’s sustainability, usability and recyclability at the design stage, and were challenged to apply strategies of care, maintenance and redesign to discarded garments to bring them back to life into a show-stopping outfit in just 4 hours. They worked collaboratively with their own ‘muses’, Kate Tsui and Kayla Wong, demonstrating that with the help of Miele quality appliances, considered clothing care and creativity can keep clothes in the fashion loop for longer. The most outstanding outfit was awarded to team A, consisting of Candle Ray Torreverde, Ayako Yoshida, Kate Morris, Joëlle van de Pavert and Claire Dartigues.
A new Greenpeace survey on the shopping habits of people across Europe and Asia, finds that regularly buying too many clothes, shoes, bags and accessories has become an international phenomenon – in fact the average person now buys 60 per cent more items of clothing and keeps them for about half as long as they did just 15 years ago. This is especially striking in China and Hong Kong with up to half of consumers buying more clothes than they need and use, with social media and online shopping fueling much of this shopping craze. In June 2017, Redress and PizzaExpress joined forces for an exclusive DIY workshop hosted at the K11 restaurant, a haven of calm among the hustle and bustle of one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping areas, inspiring participants to transform their out of use T-shirts into a fabulous, summer ready designs! From embellishing, patching to cutting techniques (and a little online inspiration), together we discovered all sorts of creative ways to breathe new life into clothing, and lighten the environmental impact of our wardrobes along the way.
The Hong Kong Government are working towards their target to reduce per capita carbon emissions to 3.3 - 3.8 tonnes by 2030. To promote positive change, this month the Environmental Protection Department hosted Hong Kong’s first ever Zero Carbon Fun Fair to celebrate World Environment Day and raise awareness of how to live more low-carbon lifestyles with help from 40+ government groups, NGOs, schools and services. Redress were invited to dress the officiating guests, including Secretary for the Environment K.S. Wong for a fashion show. We recruited the help of Make Your Wardrobe Work’s Sheryl Bolden to select designs from our rich pool of Hong Kong grown alumni which included David Lee (Artisan), Janko Lam (Classics Anew) and Angus Tsui showing attendees that sustainable fashion fits all!
Returning as China country coordinator for Fashion Revolution this year, Redress were determined to make this important campaign louder than ever before in our region. Adding momentum to the 90 countries and 70,000 individuals that got involved worldwide last year, this week we’ve already seen fantastic activity from individuals, schools and organisations across Hong Kong and China who are using social media, workshops, swapping events and even school projects to demand a fairer, safer and cleaner fashion industry, and to drive more discussion around the current state of our relationship with our clothes.
On 13 March 2017 we celebrated the official launch of our new book Dress [with] Sense which followed years of behind the scenes work by co-authors Christina Dean, Hannah Lane and Sofia Tärneberg, with publishers Thames & Hudson at London's Goldfinger Factory. Joining us to share their personal tips for sustainable wardrobes were inspiring role models Dilys Williams, Ash Black, Safia Minney, Katie Jones and Johanna Ho.