Slow Forward Fashion: 5 destinations to shop or donate your preloved clothes

Originally published: Sept 20

Updated & republished: June 21

Space in Hong Kong is limited. Our closets are bursting with clothes as we buy new ones each season. We realise that it is time to cull out the clutter... The rule says we should get rid of the clothes we haven't worn in over a year but what should we do with these clothes we once adored?

Shocking but true, according to an article titled “Wall of Waste” written recently by the Hong Kong based NGO Redress which promotes environmental sustainability, an average of 217 tonnes of textiles are dumped into Hong Kong’s landfills each day!

Each and every one of us can make a difference by being conscious of our actions. In this article, we have gathered 5 eco-friendly destinations operating on HK Island, where we can donate used clothing or buy second-hand ones (in great condition, quite often some high-end fashion).

Also, it is worth noting that clothing brands such as Uniqlo, Zara and H&M have launched second hand collection and recycling initiatives, where you can donate your old textiles at their outlets - no matter brand or condition.

1. Salvation Army Family Stores @ Kennedy Town, Wan Chai, Tin Hau and North Point

The Salvation Army Family Store is a classic! There are 18 stores across hong kong and in my neighbourhood in the western district I am lucky to have a couple of stores stores. You can find there an ever-changing variety of second-hand clothing, books, and other knick knacks. Prices are about the same as your typical H&M, but you can greatly reduce waste and find more unique items by buying second-hand. The stores also operate as collection points for old clothes, so you can shop sustainably, and also make room for all your new clothes!