After decades of organising pop-ups, environmental charity Redress opens its first permanent secondhand clothing shop this Friday, The Redress Closet.
Located in Sham Shui Po, the move to a permanent place is in line with the charity’s mission to reduce textile waste and make circular clothing accessible to the public.
The secondhand store offers a wide selection of pre-loved items – from womenswear and menswear to bags and accessories. Customers are also invited to drop their unwanted clothes at the shop for sorting and redistribution through the charity’s Takeback program.
“Over the last three years, our Takeback programme has collected and redistributed approximately 57 tonnes of unwanted clothing, directly reducing waste to landfill,” said Nissa Cornish, executive director, Redress.
According to data from the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department, an average of 339 tonnes of textiles was discarded every day into Hong Kong landfills in 2019, an increase from 56 per cent from 2011. Around 50 per cent of that is estimated to come from clothing.
“What we put into our closet matters,” said Christina Dean, founder of Redress.
“Fashion is one of the world’s most polluting industries. Complementing our long-standing secondhand charity pop-ups with this permanent shop is one way we are supporting Hongkongers in making sustainable fashion choices,” she added.