Sustainable Design Competition Rain Jacket

Local environmental NGO, Heroes2 Foundation Limited, launched The Sustainable Design Competition  in 2010 to promote sustainable living through eco-friendly lifestyle products.

The aim of the series’ first challenge was to find talented Hong Kong designers who have ambitions of creating a fashion business with sustainable materials and being at the forefront of the ever-changing fashion industry through the development of low carbon clothing.

Aspiring youngsters were asked to submit individual or team designs of a portable rain jacket using recycled materials, with entry open to all local tertiary students. 9 finalists emerged from over 60 submissions – they were given materials to realise their designs and invited to a workshop where industry professionals shared their expertise on different facets of sustainable fashion, from fabrics to entrepreneurship.

The finalists’ designs were showcased at the competition’s grand finale on June 1st before renowned designers and various media outlets. After several rounds of discussions, the panel of judges (of which Mr. Walter Ma was a member) declared Kerry Chong Chui Yi from Hong Kong Polytechnic University as the winner, with Derek Chan Chun Kit and Tristan Yeung Man Fung placed first and second runners-up respectively, whilst the People’s Choice Award went to Natalie Wong S.T. Sadik. In addition to having her design produced for retail, Kerry also takes away a cash prize of $10,000.

“Fashion is, and will continue to be, an integral part of our young people’s lives. By raising awareness of the need for sustainable clothing, not only can we encourage youngsters to become more conscientious consumers, but also make a push for environmentally responsible production. The Sustainable Design Competition Series will propel this concept across other aspects of our lifestyle, making it a competition with real-world outcomes,” says Mr. Raymond Yap, Founder of Heroes2.

text by Heroes2 Star Johnny Ko