The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) have accepted sustainability as one of its research focus areas, said the chief secretary for the country’s administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung. He made the statement on the Fashion Summit (HK) 2017. He further said that “Zero discharge techniques and waterless and energy efficient technologies are being explored.”
The Hong Kong Government has also appreciated the importance of sustainable development of the fashion industry in Hong Kong and has set up an advisory group for implementation of the fashion initiatives for the industry experts. One of the main goals of the idea of to nurture the fashion startups that can potentially contribute on the sustainable development.
With the theme ‘Zero Impact’, the September 7-8 summit brought together government officials, experts, industry players of various disciplines and non-governmental organizations to explore feasible solutions to minimize negative impacts of the fashion industry on the environment while fostering its sustainable development.
Acting secretary for innovation and technology at HKRITA David Chung said the institute has been actively collaborating with leading fashion brands to develop new technologies to recycle blend textiles into new fabrics and yarns through mechanical, biological and chemical methods.