We want to create a platform for industry collaboration to create a more sustainable future for fashion. Through our industry engagement programmes, we collaborate across the entire fashion supply chain to catalyse positive change. We work with designers, textile and garment manufacturers, retailers, schools and universities, governments, NGOs and media organisations on seminars, workshops, research, retail collaborations and through our recycled textile standard. Read more about our recent work to catalyse and drive change in the fashion industry below.
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 21 September 2016, Redress and Mustard held the Hong Kong premier screening of new documentary, Frontline Fashion. This exclusive event was held at The Annex with a VIP audience of fashion industry professionals and long time Redress supporters.
A more sustainable fashion system; is digital disruption fuelling positive change?
The digital space is disrupting the way the fashion supply chain – which contributes to the second biggest polluting industry in the world – communicates. Some players are now using digital technology to their advantage as they build more sustainable businesses whilst reducing waste, as they seek to cut out traditional road blocks that lead to clunky and often complex supply chains, and waste in the production process.
We showcased competition designs from The EcoChic Design Award 2014/15 cycle alumni Cher Chan, Noella Tapasu Koy and Yvonne Tsai at the Rebirth Garden 2016 exhibition in Shanghai organised by Business Ecology Studio in April and May. The exhibition started at Shanghai Financial Tower and then moved to Shanghai Library and presented designs representing “aspects of the circular economy and visions for a better and more sustainable future.”
Can circular business models be a solution for the fashion industry’s textile waste?
The fashion and textile industry is the second most polluting industry in the world behind oil. As the depletion of natural resources prevails and the cost of virgin materials continues to show volatility, the current linear model of ‘take, make, waste’ is no longer a sustainable business option for the fashion industry to remain competitive.
The EcoChic Design Award Alumni’s minimal waste designs were exhibited at the world’s largest fabrics and accessories trade fair, Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics within the fair’s All About Sustainability Zone. We also brought expert heads together with Redress’ Founder Christina Dean leading a panel discussion on E-Commerce: An Exciting Opportunity for Sustainable Fashion? This explored the opportunity of merging two of fashion’s big growth areas – the rise in e-commerce and the rise in interest in sustainable fashion – into one winning formula for fashion.
Redress and the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) co-organised a two-hour roundtable discussion entitled ‘The Future of Sustainable Fashion Education’ which took place at HKDI. The roundtable objectives were to review the current practices of sustainable fashion education, to explore the problems experienced in integrating sustainability education into the higher education fashion curriculum and to offer recommendations to educators. This report outlines the main findings from the roundtable discussion. Click here to download the report.
E-commerce is a booming market and customers around the world are increasingly walking away from shops and consuming from the comfort of their homes with the convenience of their phones.
This free-to-attend one-day educational event provided industry professionals and fashion students with the inspiration, information and tools to implement sustainable practices into their design and business activities. The forum’s Master classes and Keynotes gave participants the opportunity to learn from the world’s thought-leaders and experts in the fields of sustainability in fashion design, sourcing, marketing and business.