‘Fashion Forward’ Elements students learnt more about fashion sustainability from Nastasia Malatesta, Circular Fashion Programme Manager at charity ‘Redress’ on the 23rd of September.
Throughout the course, students learn how to take old clothes and refashion them into completely new designs, essentially extending their lifetime and keeping them out of landfill. An essential skill in today’s modern world, according to Nastasia – helping us to get full use out of the clothing we buy.
She said: “Globally, we purchase way too many clothes which contributes to things like global warming and water pollution. As global fashion citizens, we need to be aware of how we are contributing to this and break the cycle.”
Nastasia went on to explain what fast fashion really does to our environment, including the shocking facts about unsustainable fashion.
Redress focuses on preventing unreasonable disposal of clothes and believes that there are many ways to repurpose them and keep them on the market. Their ‘Get Redressed Month’ in October aims to combat this by partnering with schools across Hong Kong to arm the youth with knowledge about where their fashion comes from.
To carry on the message of Redress, the Elements class will be organising a clothing drive in the month of October, and collection points will be set up around the school – so keep a lookout!
Article by Noor Rizvi, Media Team
Pictures by Ms.Tait