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Sustainable Fashion: Our top HK destinations to shop or donate preloved clothes

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 a few 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. 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!

Address: 26 Belcher’s St, Kennedy Town

G/F &1/ F, Tiffan Tower, 199 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai

G/F., No. 29 Wing Hing Street, Tin Hau

G/F., Fok Ying Building, 379-381 King's Road, North

2. Green Ladies @ Wanchai & @ Sai Ying Pun

Here’s a fashionable one just for the ladies! Green Ladies is a social enterprise clothing chain that aims to achieve environmental and social change through fashion reuse and for capability enhancement. Here’s an excellent fashionable concept store just for the ladies! Green Ladies supports the employment of middle-aged women and promotes sustainable fashion habits by offering consignment services. Simply put, this means that you can make some extra cash and support an eco-friendly business. The price range is somewhat higher than your typical thrift store, but you’re likely to find more high-quality pieces here. We loved an Emporio Armani lavender top or a Diane von Furstenberg colourful dress which were a steal 😊



· Address:

Wan Chai: Hennessy Rd, 302-308號商場UG8至9號舖 C C Wu Building/

Sai Ying Pun: G/F, No. 168, Queen‘s Road West, Sai Ying Pun

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Contact: Wanchai: 2157 0242/ SYP: 21103482


3. Castaways Charity Shop @ Central

Not all that’s castaway is wasted!

Tucked away in the corner of St John’s Cathedral, Castaways is a charity shop that hopes to bring new life to all your old items. If you have clothes and accessories that are still in good condition, they accept donations every Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12.00 noon till 2.00pm (right now they are accepting only Summer Clothing, Handbags, Shoes, and Household Linen). Alternatively, office workers in the area can swing by their shop during lunch hour for a quick, guilt-free shopping spree.


Address: Castaways Charity Shop, St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Central

4. Mee & Gee @ Central, Wan Chai

Who says second-hand can’t be trendy? Mee & Gee was my favorite of all the stores, and also the most affordable. If you’re patient and willing to scrounge around the many racks, you will definitely find some great items at low prices. While they do not accept clothing donations, if you’re looking for a blazer for work or some funky clothes for a costume party, Mee & Gee definitely has them - somewhere. The teenage daughter of a LocalHood colleague is a regualr shopper there, often accompanied by her friends. I understand this is her favorite thrift store as well and she comes home with tales of her group having found a barely used Dior bag or a Raplh Lauren tee-shirt😊😁.


  • Address: 9 Li Yuen St W, Central

3 Tai Yuen Street, Wan Chai

5. Hula @ Central, Wang Chuk Hang


Hula is an online platform that sells pre-loved designer women’s wear from the likes of Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton.

What if you want to try the items you like? No sweat! Hula has premises in Central & Wong Chuk Hang, where it's members may contact them to make an appointment and try on pieces as well as be the first to see items that may not have been uploaded on the site!!


Address: -

G/F 56-58 Hollywood Road, Central, T/852 2455 1211

- 5A Evergreen Industrial Mansion, 12 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, T/ 2544 1511


Contact:

(852) 2455 1211/ 544 1511


6. Friends of the Earth (FoE) @ Hong Kong

This last one may not be a shop, but if you are looking for a place to recycle used clothes, Friends of the Earth is definitely your best option. They are a HK based charity that collects used clothing and redistributes them to the needy, and their clothes collection banks are conveniently located all around our neighbourhood. There are currently 15 such recycling bins in the Central and Western district, 13 in Wan Chai district and 13 in Eastern district. #FoE Used Clothes Recycling Bins are also placed within 59 apartment buildings on Hong Kong Island (only for estate’s residents)! Keep an eye out for them as you roam the streets or visit their website for the exact address – it might be just at your doorstep 😊


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