In post-industrial Hong Kong, the landfills are close to capacity, neighboring mainland China has closed the door on importing recycling from other countries and consumer purchasing fervor shows no signs of slowing down in the region. reFASHIONED follows the stories of three entrepreneurial innovators taking steps to motivate the fashion industry to evolve in the face of such adversity.
Edwin Keh and his team of scientists at HKRITA have developed radical new technologies that enable blended textiles to be recycled for the first time; Former fashion buyer Sarah Garner was compelled to create Retykle, an online platform selling second hand quality children’s clothing. Sarah must overcome an age-old mindset to reach consumers and achieve commercial success; Eric Swinton is the founder of Vcycle, a grassroots organization that aims to simultaneously tackle Hong Kong’s plastic waste and social issues by paying elderly waste pickers a fair wage.
These narratives are set against a backdrop of the rise and fall of the ‘made in Hong Kong’ industrial era through the eyes of the people who lived it, and begins to stitch together what the future of sustainable fashion and the beginnings of a circular economy in the city may look like…