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3 Ways to "Get Redressed" This September

By Sophie Pettit 1 September 2016
A self-confessed shopaholic and a total sucker for a bargain, I'll be the first to hold my hands up and admit that the environmental impact of my purchases isn't the first thing that springs to mind when I'm skipping around the shops. That was until I recently learnt that the fashion industry is the second most polluting the world - second only to oil - with 293 tonnes of textiles being dumped into Hong Kong's landfills alone each day. This came as a big shock to me - and my wardrobe - but luckily one organisation is working to encourages Hong Kongers to redress their relationship with their clothes and cut waste out of fashion. For the whole of September, Environmental NGO, Redress, is calling fashion lovers across Hong Kong to join in their citywide series of sustainable fashion focused events throughout the month to coincide with HKTDC’s ‘Hong Kong in Fashion 2016’ and ‘CENTRESTAGE 2016’. There are multiple ways to get involved, from donating unwanted clothes to the public clothing drive, grabbing a bargain at one of the second-hand pop-up shops around town, attending a free panel discussion about the latest industry trends in sustainable fashion, and last but not least - a screening of Redress’ new documentary, Frontline Fashion, to see the developments from young designers’ perspectives. Redress will also be taking this opportunity to showcase some of the city’s most promising sustainable emerging designers at the EcoChic Design Award Alumni Showcase. And if that isn't enough to make you fall in love with better fashion this month, we don't know what is. Here's how you can get involved ...

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1. Clear Your Closet for a Cause

Stop rolling your eyes, we know it's a chore - but if anything is worth the effort of rooting through your wardrobe and taming those overflowing drawers, it's charity. Your quality clothes, shoes, and accessories will be given a new, loving home by local charities, while designer and quality high street pieces will be set aside for the Redress Pop-up Shops to raise money for the global charity's continued efforts to further the environmentally-friendly fashion industry. If you find yourself having a mild mid-morning breakdown, and wondering if a bomb has hit your home, just remember - you're helping to save the planet!

Get Redressed Clothing Drive with Caelum Greene When: August 27 - September 11 Where: Drop off your donations at Caelum Greene, G/F - 1/F, 90 - 92 Hollywood Road, Central, (+852) 2861 0360

Read more! Find out How To: Declutter Your Home

2. Grab a Bargain

redress pop up Popping up not once, but twice during September, is your opportunity to grab a bargain as pre-loved secondhand clothes and accessories from the Redress closet hit the rails at Pizza Express in Wan Chai, and KONG Gallery in Soho. This is guilt-free shopping at its very finest, with pre-loved designer and quality high street goods starting at just $50 (and no, I haven't missed any zeros). There are a couple of things to remember before you make a beeline for the rails - shoppers who arrive with a bag of pre-loved clothes to donate on the day will enjoy 10 percent discount, you can only pay by cash or cheque, and you must remember to bring your own shopping bag. Remember, it's all about cutting down on waste. Get Redressed Pop-up Shop at Pizza Express (Wan Chai) When: September 7 - 9, (11.30am - 9pm) Where: Pizza Express, G/F - 1/F, 23 Wing Fun Street, Wan Chai Get Redressed Pop-up Shop (Soho) When: September 23 - 30, (10am - 6pm) Where: KONG Gallery, G/F, 3 Staunton Street, Central

 3. Watch Frontline Fashion

fashion Whether it's on screen or on the catwalk, now is your chance to delve into the world of fashion and learn about the cutting-edge designers who are shaping its future. Meet four talented designers who are changing the face of fashion, and explore their sustainable brands at The EcoChic Design Award Alumni Showcase. Learn how the rise in digital tools among tech-savvy designers is disrupting the way the fashion supply chain communicates, in order to make positive change, in the Panel Discussion, or follow ten emerging designers from Asia and Europe on a mission in the documentary screening of Frontline Fashion. The world of fashion is at your fingertips - enjoy!

The EcoChic Design Award Alumini Showcase  When: September 7 - 10 Where: CENTRESTAGE, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai

Redress Panel Discussion When: September 9 Where: CENTRESTAGE, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai

Frontline Fashion Documentary Screening When: September 21 Where: The Annex, Unit 6, 2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road, Central

Read more! Spend Five Minutes With: Fashion Designer Enoch Ho of Berayah, or explore the rest of our Style & Beauty section on Localiiz.

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Sophie Pettit


Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.