“The fashion industry faces two big challenges,” says Nissa Cornish, executive director of local charity Redress, which promotes responsible consumption through initiatives like their Circular Fashion Programme, Get Redressed Month
and the upcoming 24-hour “sort-a-thon” at Taikoo Place. “It has an incredibly complex and long supply chain, and there simply aren’t enough sustainable material providers.”
“There are many great innovations happening, from mushroom leather to pineapple fabric made from waste pineapple fibre to recycled and upcycled textiles,” she continues. “But it can take 10 years for a concept to go from lab to wardrobe.”
Environmental issues are urgent matters, though. So while we wait for these creative solutions to be realised, what’s the update in the Hong Kong responsible shopping arena?