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Ep 009: “Reducing Fashion Waste and Pollution at Scale” with Christina Dean, Founder & Chair of Redress, Founder & CEO of The R Collective

In this episode, we have the very inspiring Christina Dean who runs not just one but two very successful companies in her mission to combat fashion pollution. Christina is the Founder & Chair of Redress, a charity working to reduce waste in the fashion industry, as well as the Founder & CEO of The R Collective, a sustainable women’s fashion brand that rescues luxury waste fabric and work with award winning emerging designers to turn them into beautiful garments.

Christina’s own career journey has been incredible, having been a dentist and a journalist before venturing into the world of fashion. We talked about her inspiration and motivation for running two companies simultaneously, growing her fashion brand into a media empire to make a difference at scale, and her thoughts on how slow fashion and sustainability will play a big part in the future of fashion.

In this episode, we talked about:

  • Christina’s career path going from dentistry and journalism into fashion
  • How it became her mission to combat fashion pollution and waste
  • Why she decided to run two businesses simultaneously
  • Christina’s biggest challenge, inspiration and motivation for running The R Collective and Redress
  • Whether Sustainable Fashion is a good business to be in
  • How she leverages media to scale positive impact and the reach of her brand’s message
  • Cultural influence on consumers attitudes towards second hand clothing and sustainability in fashion
  • The importance of educating emerging designers about sustainability
  • How brands can change fashion consumers’ behaviour to become more sustainable
  • Her thoughts on the future of fashion – Will slow fashion remain niche? Would High street brands integrating sustainability into core business convince small fashion boutiques to do the same?

Ep 008: “Will Fashion ever be Sustainable in the Future?”with Kate Padget-Koh and Kanch Porta-Panjabi, Fashionable Futures

Did you know that fashion is one of the largest contributors to pollution?

Continuing our exploration into sustainable businesses, we have Kate Padget-Koh and Kanch Porta-Panjabi, co-founders of Fashionable Futures, a Hong Kong based consultancy committed to making positive impact on the future of the fashion industry around sustainability through innovation and partnerships. In this episode Kate and Kanch will be sharing more about the various innovations and initiatives happening in sustainable fashion to combat fashion pollution, and how we as fashion consumers can be more environmentally friendly.

  • What’s required for fashion brands to become more sustainable?
  • Biggest challenge when it comes to starting a fashion brand and scaling its environmental sustainability impact
  • Interesting innovations in fashion
  • Integrating sustainability into luxury, sports and high street brands
  • Interesting fashion brand initiatives in sustainability
  • How consumers can start becoming more sustainable
  • Rental and second hand fashion brands that encourages sustainability disrupting high street brands

Full show notes and episode links available here.

Ep 007: “When Creativity meets Sustainability” with Diana Chen, The Purpose Business & Creative Mornings HK

In this episode, we have Diana Chen, Sustainability Advisor at The Purpose Business and Host of Creative Mornings HK. Being an active member of the creative community, Diana has a unique perspective on the intersection between creators and sustainability. We had a great chat about her work on implementing sustainability strategies for brands, how they can scale environmental impact by making their initiatives more culturally relevant, and habits creative entrepreneurs should adopt to start living and working more sustainably.

In this episode we’ll be talking about:

  • Challenges for brands when implementing sustainability strategies
  • Whether the creative community is also looking to incorporate sustainability into their work more
  • How sustainable brands should go about partnering with artists and creators who are a good fit for their brand
  • Leveraging creators skills in creating appealing products and engaging with their community to scale positive impact
  • How brands are measuring the impact and effectiveness of these campaigns
  • Habits creative entrepreneurs can adopt in order to live and work more sustainably
  • How brands can start incorporating sustainability into their business


The Purpose Business

Creative Mornings HK

Full show notes and links for this episode

Ep 006: “How can brands adopt sustainability and scale positive impact on the environment?” with Sonalie Figueiras, Green Queen Media

A few months ago we hosted an experts panel on how brands can leverage innovation and creator partnerships in order to scale positive impact on environmental sustainability. Over the last few months we’ve seen climate change issues making big waves in the media as it rapidly becomes a global epidemic.

As someone who loves nature, I was curious about the different perspectives on how we can innovate around sustainability and partnerships to scale positive impact on the environment as a brand. Hong Kong has been making huge progress in the sustainable lifestyle and zero waste movement over the last few years, so for our next few episodes, I’m delighted to be talking to some of our panelists as well as sustainable entrepreneurs doing amazing work in this area.

Sonalie Figueiras is the founder and editor-in-chief of Green Queen, Asia’s largest eco wellness media platform, offering resources for the community to make the planet and people healthier, and advocating for social & environmental change using original, inspiring content.

In this episode we’ll be talking about:

  • How Green Queen grew from a blog into a multi-channel media company and the largest eco-wellness platform in Asia
  • How Hong Kong’s behaviour and attitude towards sustainable living and zero waste movement differ from the rest of the world and led to the rapid growth of innovation and entrepreneurship in this area
  • Core driver for the growth of brands incorporating sustainability into their business
  • Sonalie’s favourite sustainable brands and entrepreneurs in HK doing amazing work
  • How a vegan diet and green living goes hand in hand and why Sonalie is a strong proponent of plant based food
  • What are the main challenges to people adopting sustainable lifestyle – awareness, convenience
  • Sonalie’s prediction on environmental and social changes in the next few years
  • How small businesses and startups can start incorporating sustainability into their business
  • Examples of successful brand partnerships that scales positive impact on the environment
  • Sustainability related topics that the Green Queen audience are most interested

Full show notes and links for this episode


Green Queen Media

Founded by serial entrepreneur Sonalie Figueiras in 2011, Green Queen is an award-winning impact media platform advocating for social & environmental change in Hong Kong. Their mission is to shift consumer behaviour through inspiring & empowering original content in Asia and beyond.

With 3million + monthly digital impressions and over 25,000 followers on social media channels, Green Queen is the most popular and most visited eco, health & wellness English media magazine and platform in Hong Kong and across Asia.

IG: @greenqueenhk

Ep 005: “Discovering the Uncharted Territories of Helicopter Aerial Hyperphotography – a story of chance and serendipity” with Antoine Gaussin, The Spectacle Group

In the last of our 3 part episode diving into the world of fine art, we have Antoine Gaussin, an aviation photographer from Belgium who specialises in hyperphotography, where he stitches together photographs from different angles to form scenes from unexpected perspectives.

His latest project “Uncharted” has led him to taking birds eye view photos of airport from a helicopter from different angles, carefully stitched afterwards to form neat geometric patterns with aircrafts and bright colourful safety markings of different airports.

In this episode, we will be talking about:

  • Antoine’s journey transitioning from journalism to fine art photography
  • How his love of travelling and poetry led to creating art photography with a focus on airports
  • How the concept for the ‘Uncharted’ collection and his hyper photography technique developed
  • The role of innovation in making his art possible – from the lens he uses to taking photos from a helicopter which require special permissions from airports
  • Succeeding as a professional artist and serendipities that led to that
  • Antoine’s advice to those who want to do photography for a living

Full show notes and links for this episode


The Spectacle Group

Antoine Gaussin’s “Uncharted” collection is exclusively represented by The Spectacle Group. Viewing available at The Spectacle Group gallery in Hong Kong and at international art fairs.

IG: @thespectaclegrouphk

Visus Gallery

IG: @visusgallery

Antoine is also the owner of Visus Gallery in Belgium where he curates work of other artists as well as exhibit his own art photography series.