Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in our world today, second to big oil. The amount of water and natural resources needed and waste created by this industry is staggering. The harvesting and dying of yarns and textiles, the production and manufacturing process of a garment and the transportation of the final product can all negatively impact the environment. And, of course, there is still the laundering and disposal of unwanted garments.
The most accessible way to sustainable fashion is to recycle and up-cycle your wardrobe! Supporting brands that are making a conscious effort to care about where, how, and who makes their products is important as well. We have specially curated some of our favourite low impact pop-up markets here in Hong Kong to help you with all your sustainable fashion needs this holiday season.
1. Redress, Nov. 22–25
Founded by Christina Dean 10 years ago, Redress is an environmental NGO working to educate and enable the adoption of more sustainable fashion. Redress collaborates with fashion designers and retailers, as well as related industries such as manufacturers, schools, private sectors organisations, governments, NGOs, media and, most importantly, consumers.
We want to create a platform for industry collaboration to create a more sustainable future for fashion.
—Redress founder, Christina Dean
Check out the Redress pop-up shop starting November 22–25. Second-hand shopping is the key message, and the aim is to minimise the environmental impact of your wardrobe. All profits will go to supporting the work of Redress.
Event Details here.
Location: Printing House, 6 Duddell Street
Hours: November 22nd & 23rd: 8am–8pm; November 24th & 25th: 10am–8pm
Want to know more on how fashion pollutes?
Conscious collaborator, Cristina McLauchlan of The Vibe Tribe, will be hosting Redress in her Conscious Cinema initiative. The message is to share and create awareness about conscious consumerism, and highlight the harsh realities and impacts the clothing manufacturing industry has on Earth’s natural resources and the environment. This event will feature the documentary Frontline Fashion and a round table discussion with Christina Dean of Redress.
Location: Naked Hub, G/F Sai Ying Pun, 5-13 New Street, Sai Ying Pun
Date & Time: November 30th: 6:30pm–9pm
Get your tickets here! Discount Code: REFINED (Limited spaces available)
2. LUXARITY, Nov. 22–Dec 2
LUXARITY’s vision is to create conscious living. Its mission is to integrate the community in striving for sustainability and innovation in recycling pre-loved luxury goods and up-cycling luxury capsule collections. All proceeds are destined to support talent who are focused on sustainability; conscious production and innovation; and working with fashion leaders, textile garment manufacturers, schools, universities, and multi-lateral organisations.
Location: 15 St. Francis Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Date & Time: November 22nd–December 2nd: 12pm–8pm
Want to know more on how to influence sustainable development and innovation in the future? Register now for the interactive discussion “Made in Art” with guest speakers Jennifer Pratt, Head of Asia & Oceania–Artsy, and Damian Chandler from Brunswick Arts.
3. Preloved & high street fashion pop-up sale, Nov. 24-25
Founded by Alexia Love, Preloved is a great pop-up to visit, clean out your closets and check out new pieces for that wardrobe guilt free! Preloved donates proceeds to ImpactHK and Box of Hope to support the underprivileged. What a great way to give back and shop sustainably.
Location: G/F 41 Circular Pathway, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong (Off Ladder St.)
Date & Time: November 24th & 25th , from 11am–8pm
RSVP here for this event.
4. Fashion Walk X Foodie Holiday Market, Nov. 18–Dec. 31
Check out Fashion Walk X Foodie Holiday Walk going on now until December 31st. Make sure to stop by on December 9th and 10th to get some #zerowaste gifts and products from our favourite NO!W No Waste. Each product is carefully sourced to ensure all are ethical, made with recyclable packaging, and are BPA free. They are also all curated to reduce your plastic waste and carbon footprint.
With the amount of waste massively produced daily, and the difficulty to recycle properly, we discovered the most efficient way to take these issues was to produce less waste in the first place.
Location: 11–19 Great George Street/ Paterson Street/ Kingston Street/ Cleveland Street/ Food Street Causeway Bay, HK
Date & Time: November 18–December 31
More info here!
Written By: Talia Sanchez