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Circular Fashion: Our Future in Sustainable Style

Day 1 - 5th Oct | 15:00 - 15:45

Location: BEC Sustainable Business Theatre

Circular Economy

Overview

Every year millions of tonnes of clothes are produced, worn and discarded. According to a report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, clothing production has doubled in the past 15 years, while clothing utilisation has decreased by 36%. As the industry grapples with minimising its much debated environmental impact, fashion brands and industry stakeholders are seeing a move towards conscious consumption and the need to embed circular thinking across all aspects of production and operations.

Learnings

  • How can the fashion industry best work with consumers, suppliers and all those in its value chain to enhance investment, innovation, transparency and traceability, and scale wise and renewable usage of resources, clothing utilisation and recycling rates?
  • How can we develop a more considered model that designs out waste and pollution, and focuses on the longevity and life cycle of our apparel and footwear items?
  • How does Hong Kong and Asia come into play?

Post Event Actions

  • Rethink the role technology play in accelerating ambitions towards a circular fashion industry.
  • Consider how redesigning our fashion industry with a circular approach represent untapped economic opportunities, in addition to being the right thing to do for environmental and ethical reasons.

Speakers

MODERATOR

Dr Joyce Tsoi

Director of Collective Actions

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Dr Joyce Tsoi

Director of Collective Actions

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Joyce Tsoi is the Director of Collective Action Programs at the Sustainable Apparel Coalition based in Hong Kong. She manages all SAC’s Collective Action programs and activities, support members and ecosystem partners to prioritize actions, accelerate sustainable environmental and social impacts and transform our industry into one that gives more than it takes- to the people and the planet.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

Call for Collective Action: We must continue to strive our carbon neutrality goal by significantly reduce carbon emissions to keep warming within planetary boundaries.

 

Christy Chan

Deputy Vice President - Head of Textiles and Apparel, Connectivity & Products – Softlines

SGS Hong Kong Limited

Christy Chan

Deputy Vice President - Head of Textiles and Apparel, Connectivity & Products – Softlines

SGS Hong Kong Limited

Christy has over 18 years of experience in offering total supply chain solutions to international brands and retailers for global consumer markets, with most of her time focusing on the Apparel and Footwear industry. She has a deep understanding of market trends and industry challenges and is able to come up with practical solutions to support the industry moving forward positively.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

To have a solid plan in impactful infrastructure to support a low carbon economy, incubate new local start-ups to fuel the change and scalable school-based sustainability education.

Cintia Nunes

Co-Director

The Mills Fabrica

Cintia Nunes

Co-Director

The Mills Fabrica

Cintia Nunes is the Co-Director of The Mills Fabrica and focuses on leading Fabrica to become the go-to platform for sustainability, impact and innovation in the techstyle (technology x lifestyle) and agri-food tech scene through its investment fund, incubation programme and space.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

More cross-sector collaborations and partnerships for greater synergy to realize systemic, sustainability goals.

Edwin Keh

CEO

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel

Edwin Keh

CEO

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel

Mr Edwin Keh is the CEO of The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel. He also teaches supply chain operations in the Operations, Information and Decisions Department of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Edwin had a career as senior executive with several international consumer goods and retail companies. He was granted a number of awards, including the Medal of Honor in 2020 by the HKSAR Government for his research work during the pandemic, one of the best of Top 50 Innovative Retail Leaders by Inside Retail Hong Kong in 2019. Edwin holds multiple IPs which won global invention awards.

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