“An average of 110,000 tonnes of disposed garments are collected in Hong Kong each year, which equals to a rate of 1,400 T-shirts per minute.” Do your part to reduce textile waste with these circular fashion brands (that ship to Hong Kong!).
We have all been guilty of it, buying something online that doesn’t quite fit, neglecting to return it and leaving it in the back of the wardrobe until our annual clear out – where it inevitably ends up in a questionable ‘recycling’ bin somewhere. Or worse, in a landfill. In fact, a study conducted by environmental NGO, Redress, in 2020 “revealed that two in five Hong Kongers only keep clothing for one year or less and 30 percent throw unwanted clothing items in the rubbish.” Additionally, it concluded that almost one third of clothes in Hong Kongers’ wardrobes are ‘never’ or ‘rarely worn’, and purchases are often made on impulse, lured in by discounts and limited-time offers. Relatable? Yeah, us too.
So what can we do about it? How can we make more of an effort to shop sustainably and get the maximum wear out of our clothing? There are plenty of sustainable fashion brands on the market that are making waves in the industry: Net-a-Porter‘s Net Sustain, Matches Fashion’s Responsible Fashion edit, Farfetch’s Postively FARFETCH, Selfridge’s Project Earth. Responsibly sourced materials and curated edits are cropping up regularly, however, it’s the circular fashion brands that are catching our eye as we aim to reduce the amount of waste in the textile world.
We’ve put together five circular fashion brands (that ship to Hong Kong!) listing the best in pre-owned consignment designer clothing and accessories for less,. All mostly new or never worn, pre-loved luxury is at your fingertips. Add to cart, and save the planet – win-win!
Circular fashion brands to take note of:
Recently launching its second retail space and first-ever boutique on Hollywood Road in Central, HULA remains a leader in the sustainable fashion space. Founded by Sarah Fung, the pre-loved luxury retail platform has formed a tight-knit community where its members can consign unwanted items, discover designer pieces for less and feel good about their purchases.
Using AI technology to authenticate top designer brands, fashion lovers can shop designers like Chanel, Celine, Christian Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Isabel Marant at up to 95 percent off retail. A minimum of five percent of net profits are also donated to HULA’s partnered local and international charities such as Liberty Asia, Food Angel, Habitat for Humanity, Redress and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre.
HULA, GF, 56-58 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2455 1211
Setting up a permanent store in Hong Kong’s Sham Shui Po district, Redress not only invites you to donate unwanted clothing, but works to extend its life by re-selling via circular fashion sites, like Vestiaire Collective. Prefer to shop in person? You are also welcome to visit their physical store, The Redress Closet, which continues to offer high-quality women’s and mens garments, shoes and accessories at accessible prices.
Launching as part of a larger campaign to align consumers, industries and the government to measurably reduce the amount fashion waste, Redress’ ‘Takeback programme‘, partners with some of the world’s leading fashion brands to make it easier for the public to be a part of a circular fashion economy. This includes 34 used clothing collection points across Hong Kong, where all donated clothing is then sorted and redistributed, benefitting over 20 charity partners as well as Redress’ own shops.
The Redress Closet, 78 Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Circular fashion doesn’t stop at women’s and menswear; kids can get in on the sustainable action too. “An innovative luxury resale e-commerce platform enabling parents to buy designer children’s clothing at a fraction of their retail price,” Retykle is the first of its kind in Asia when it comes to childrenswear.
Shop preowned, high-quality items from newborn to 14-years-old, alongside maternity wear and lifestyle items such as nursery furniture, strollers, toys and games. Baby outgrown that cute Burberry onesie (that you just had to have!)? Retykle will collect items from you directly and sell them on in return for store credit or cash.
Veterans in the circular fashion game, Vestiaire Collective is “the leading online marketplace to buy and sell authenticated pre-owned luxury fashion.” Offering luxury and premium items at up to 70 percent off retail price, shop curated edits or sell on to their global fashion community. Not just clothing, Vestiaire also has a range of bags, jewellery, vintage and lifestyle products from a plethora of notable brands and designers. With an express delivery option to boot, filter by region and have products arrive at your doorstep in record time.
Hot on Hong Kong’s sustainable fashion since since 2019, ChadiLuxury offers up a huge range of pre-loved luxury clothing, shoes, bags, and accessories. Specialising in vintage and rare good, the company has branched out into Geneva, Switzerland, continuing to provide Swiss expertise “to not only certify the quality and authenticity of each product, but also to assess the fairest prices for all our clients, whether they buy or sell.”
Where to recycle and donate unwanted clothing:
Looking for where to recycle or donate unwanted clothing items? The following charities and organisations would be happy to take these off of your hands:
- Po Leung Kuk
- Christian Action
- Mother’s Choice
- Friends of the Earth
- Refugee Union
- Castaways Charity Shop
- Hong Kong Salvation Army
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