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In Hong Kong, a city that throws away 253 metric tons of textiles per day, changing attitudes on recycling clothes is a tall order. But 15 top local designers, including Dorian Ho and Cecilia Yau, are trying to do just that.

Last week, they sent billowing skirts and body-hugging dresses made of second-hand material down the runway at a show organized by Redress, a charity pushing for sustainability in the fashion industry.

“The fashion industry creates a lot of waste,” said Ho, who used fabric swatches to create a one-shouldered silk chiffon dress. “These swatches are high-quality material but get discarded.”

Redress chief executive Christina Dean said Hongkongers love luxury brands but think little of second-hand clothes. The amount of textile waste is “staggering.”

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