5. Conclusions

Using a SWOT analysis, the internal factors (strengths and weaknesses) and the external factors (opportunities and threats) are identified for setting possible strategies for the reindustrialization of HK SME fashion industry. A comprehensive analysis is outlined in the following table. STRENGTHS (S) WEAKNESSES (W) Internal Factors External Factors 1. Traditional Read more…

3.3.6 Community engagement

Community engagement is a common strategy taken by many sustainable fashion pioneers. Some fashion brands establish organizations to proactively guide and accelerate their own sustainable development goals; some others work with a charity or ecological groups and donate funds for better socio-environment initiatives, and several of them even participate in Read more…

3.3.4 Replace

To achieve fashion arts with a sustainable focus, more and more brands seek alternative materials to replace traditional yet considered unsustainable ones and improved technologies to enhance the polluting processing. For example, Stella McCartney’s bio-synthetic materials replacing plastics, and Adidas’s waterless dyeing and bio-dyeing replacing the traditional chemical dyeing processes.

3.3.3 Reduce

To reduce the environmental impacts, manufacturers are recommended to increase use efficiency of resources such as water and energy, to improve technologies and processes for lower carbon footprints and gaseous emissions, and to reduce hazardous materials and processing. Clean production is the crucial target for the fashion industry.

3.3.2 Recycle

When the lifetime of a fashion product ends, recycling is the first choice for sustainability, while landfill and incineration should be the last choice due to their negative impact on the environment. Fashion brands have been urged to use more recyclable materials for product development and create effective methods to Read more…