While working as a journalist in Hong Kong, Christina Dean discovered that more than 75 percent of the world’s top-polluting cities were in China, thanks to the high numbers of textile producers and clothing factories located there.
Devastated by her findings, Dean founded Redress, a Hong Kong-based NGO, in 2007. As the first environmental NGO focused on the fashion industry, Redress works with global brands and organizations to reduce textile waste and introduce circular principles such as producing and using renewable resources, recycling waste, and increasing products’ longevity.
While still involved with Redress, Dean has embarked on a brand-new venture, a pioneering upcycled-fashion brand and social impact business called The R Collective. Launched in February, the label aims to reduce waste and pollution in its supply chain.