The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparels (HKRITA) plans to launch ‘Loop’ the first retail model of its Garment to Garment Recycling System (G2G) in one of its stores in Stockholm, Sweden on October 12. A direct-to-consumer recycling system, G2G allows consumers to bring their old clothes which are broken down into fibers and yarns to become the raw material for knitted new clothes. HKRITA researches various forms of G2G and repurposing. The original G2G project is currently in its second phase. In this system, HKRITA is improving the system’s capacity, optimizing its functionality and automating its various purposes.
Edward Keh, Chief Executive Officer, HKRITA, said, “We hope G2G will inspire even more creative solutions to our environmental challenges. By providing new life to our old clothes, we can demonstrate that it is possible to use less resources and repurpose what we have.” The G2G system allows customers to take charge of the reuse of their own wardrobe. It will help retailers do well and do good at the same time
“We are constantly exploring new technology and innovations to help transform the fashion industry as we are working to reduce the dependency on virgin resources. Getting customers on board is the real challenge and we are so excited to see what Loop will inspire,” added Pascal Brun, Head-Sustainability, H&M.
The original G2G project has bagged many awards including the Red Dot Award for the Best Product Design 2019; a gold medal in both the 47th Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva and in the Asia International Invention Award of 2019. G2G was also honored in the Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards of 2019.