Redress is Saving the World with a Month of Fashion-Focused Environmentalism

Clean out your closets and help the planet (and the community) this October during ‘Get Redressed Month’ 

Did you know that the fashion industry is one of the most polluting in the entire world? That’s right, it’s up there with oil and gas. Between production and distribution, fashion pollutes the water we drink, air we breathe and soil we till.

Clothing is being made and sold faster than ever before, and it’s filling up landfills around the world. Right now, 370 tonnes of textiles are dumped in Hong Kong landfills each day. That’s the equivalent of over 500 Big Buddhas-worth of clothing every year. It’s a shocking statistic, and one that puts our clothing addiction into focus. Consumers are buying 60 per cent more clothing than we were just fifteen years ago.

That’s where Redress comes in. The Hong Kong charity is on a mission to prevent and transform textile waste in the fashion industry by extending the life of clothing. They collect, sort, re-purpose, re-distribute and recycle unwanted clothing, keeping textiles out of landfills and helping charities across the city.

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2019 marks the second-ever ‘Get Redressed Month’, and it’s already grown exponentially. For their second edition, they’re working with over 100 companies, schools and clubs to create 181 collection points across the city. Globally, only 20 per cent of clothing is collected for reuse or recycling, and Get Redressed Month aims to change that, giving clothing a useful second life.

Dr. Christina Dean of Redress

“As active fashion citizens, we need to break this cycle.” Says Redress Founder Dr. Christina Dean, “we must know where our clothes come from, how to get the most out of them, and what to do with them if and when we no longer want them. Get Redressed Month is working to do just that – by raising awareness and inspiring positive behavioural changes in our clothing habits.”

Read more: How to Live Zero Waste in Hong Kong

So, if you’ve been putting off a wardrobe overhaul, now is the time to do it. Take all of your pre-loved clothes and drop them off at one of the 181 collection points in Hong Kong, including one in Lan Kwai Fong. Don’t forget to grab your donation bags on your way to the clubs, you can drop them off at 1 Lan Kwai Fong from 14-25 October. You can find everything you need to donate right here.

After Get Redressed Month, Redress will be hosting their first-ever 24-hour Sort-a-Thon to sort and redistribute all of the donated clothes. Redress is hoping to save over 10 tonnes of clothing from the landfill this year.

Get Redressed Month is happening October 2019, and you can out more about the initiative and how you can help at www.redress.com.hk.

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