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The Garment to Garment Journey

Award-winning retail space microfactory to be expanded.

5th July 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Hong Kong

Sustainable, Clothing/​Footwear

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) is celebrating the third anniversary of its Garment-to-Garment Recycling System (G2G) by holding a free exhibition at its microfactory in The Mills in Hong Kong during July and August.

The public is being invited to learn how G2G upcycles unwanted or old garments into new ones, using a series of processes that are both sustainable and creative.

The exhibition will demonstrate the different stages in the recycling of old garments, in which they are reduced to fabric materials that are then refashioned into new garments. To reflect the highs and lows of research, the demonstration will feature both easy and challenging examples of recycled garments and fabrics such as shirts and blouses, knitwear and denim.

Video footage will show G2G users sharing their very own recycling journeys and also displayed will be physical artworks made by users, demonstrating the creative side of recycling.

Set up in The Mills in September 2018, G2G is the world’s first post-consumer garment recycling system that can be operated in retail spaces. The award-winning project received a Red Dot Product Design Award in 2019, and a gold medal in both the 47th International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva and in the Asia International Innovative Invention Award of 2019.

The project is now in its second phase of development, during which its system capacity will be expanded, its functionality optimised and its processes more fully automated. These enhancements will be taking place concurrent with the exhibition during July and August  and the improved G2G will open to the public in September 2021.

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