A 16-foot mountain of used garments towered over Hong Kong’s Central Star Ferry Pier last week, as part of the ‘Get Redressed‘ exhibit — an awareness building campaign to promote recycling in response to Hong Kong’s staggering 253 tonnes of discarded textiles. Dubbed the ‘3% mountain’, in reference to the 7.5 tons of textiles required to build it, the display helped put Hong Kong’s second-hand clothing waste into perspective. Despite the fact that Hong Kong has 190 used clothes recycling banks, the lack of awareness in the community has unfortunately deemed them ineffective.

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