What goes around comes back around – in a literal sense at these circular fashion brands in Hong Kong. Buy and sell pre-loved clothing to reduce your carbon footprint and the toll on your wallet!
Now, more than ever, we need to incorporate sustainable fashion habits into our lives – with an average of 392 tonnes of textile waste going into landfills every day – and that’s just in Hong Kong! Whether it be investing in clothing made to last from sustainable fashion brands, shopping at vintage stores, or renting clothes in Hong Kong, every small step counts. If you have clothes that you rarely wear, instead of simply chucking them, why not pass them on to circular fashion brands in Hong Kong?
What is circular fashion?
Circular fashion brands produce and source clothing that are designed to be circulated responsibly until they’re used to their full value and lifespan. The catch is to also use ethically sourced, biodegradable material, designed with recyclability in mind to ensure a longer circulation. Oftentimes, the clothes may be redesigned or recycled in between circulation but if they’re no longer fit to function, they will be composted to serve Mother Nature.
Circular fashion brands in Hong Kong
One of the recent additions to the line of Central boutiques, Hula is no newcomer to the game. You can shop for clothing, shoes, bags, and more from luxury fashion labels up to 95% off retail prices – saving a whole lot of dough and the planet my friends! You don’t need to worry about buying counterfeit goods; Hula uses AI technology to authenticate top designer brands and only sells the real deal. On top of that, a minimum of 5% of sales are donated to partnered charities whilst members are given the option to donate more at checkout.
Shop Hula online, or visit its physical locations in Central and Wong Chuk Hang.
New mommas know the struggle of stocking up on new clothes for their kids almost every month with their kids growing so fast! Sarah Garner started Retykle to make buying and selling quality children and maternity wear convenient, cheaper, and more sustainable. Aside from clothing, you can also shop for lifestyle products like toys, educational games, car accessories for toddlers, strollers, and more. Sellers can choose to directly donate money from their purchases to a partnered charity.
Read our interview with Sarah Garner.
Shop Retykle online, or drop by Unit 8B, Sing Teck Factory Building, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, p. 3594 6533
3. Green Ladies
If you’re over at The Mills, chances are Green Ladies is one of the first shops you’ll spot as it’s close to the entrance. Focused on reusing and restyling to encourage sustainable consumption habits, Green Ladies offers the option to shop high-quality women’s fashion at a more affordable price. Plus, the shop is a treat to your eyes as the clothes are all arranged according to colour!
Green Ladies has multiple locations in Hong Kong.
Founded by Christina Dean in 2007, Redress is Asia’s first environmental NGO and has been setting an example in sustainability for over a decade now. In October you can make an effort to wear secondhand clothing to participate in ‘Get Redressed Month’, which is part of the charity’s annual campaign to reduce clothing waste and encourage mindful consumption.
In addition to buying and selling secondhand clothing, there are other meaningful ways to get involved. You can join regular workshops, organise a donation bin for the clothing drive, or volunteer at the sort-a-thon event to sort, box, and redistribute all of the donated clothing. Redress also hosts an annual Design Award – the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition. With the aim to educate emerging fashion designers about sustainable design theories and techniques, this drives growth towards a circular fashion system.
The Redress Closet, 78 Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, p. 2861 0360
Opened by local charity ImpactHK, this secondhand shop sells everything from T-shirts, bags, accessories, and shoes. 1ofakind provides employment opportunities for the homeless in Hong Kong whilst encouraging a circular fashion economy. It also doubles as a community cafe with locally roasted Colombian and Brazilian coffee beans, teas, and snacks. All profits are used to support those experiencing homelessness in Hong Kong.
1ofakind, 18 Man Wai Street, Jordan, Hong Kong, p. 2448 8848
6. Make My Wardrobe Work
In all honesty, most of us could definitely use a wardrobe consultation at Make My Wardrobe Work! One of the most effective ways to combat fashion waste is to simply wear what you own already. Founder Sheryl Bolden offers sessions that help you decide what to keep, donate, toss, or tailor – you’ll fall in love with your clothes all over again. You can also get tips on how to make more informed purchasing decisions. Time to declutter your closet and your mind!
Book an appointment with Make My Wardrobe Work online.
7. The R Collective
Redress’ sister charity, The R Collective, aims to reuse, repurpose, and recycle unwanted clothing. Using surplus and end-of-roll fabrics, The R Collective creates effortlessly chic ready-to-wear pieces and personally tailored pieces guaranteed to be ready in three weeks. We love the unique cuts of their skirts, dresses, and jumpsuits – unbeatable craftsmanship that doesn’t cost the Earth.
Shop The R Collective online and enjoy free shipping within Hong Kong.