UPS (NYSE: UPS) announced that it will support The EcoChic Design Award 2014/2015 (the “Award”) as the Official Logistics Partner. The Award is the world’s first international sustainable fashion design competition which brings together Asian and European fashion designers that share a vision for an environmentally friendly fashion industry.
“It’s great to work with a globally-renowned logistics company that echoes The EcoChic Design Award’s sustainable values. Just as we believe that there should be no fashion or functional compromises when it comes to sustainable fashion, UPS applies similar principles to deliver faultless logistics service that incorporates a vast range of integrated sustainability initiatives; from the carbon neutral shipping option to employing the use of alternative fuel vehicles. Thanks to UPS, we are delivering our goal of running the world’s top sustainable fashion design competition and ensuring that the biggest impact is on our global audiences, rather than on the environment,” said Christina Dean, Founder and CEO of Redress.
UPS’s sponsorship entails small package delivery services of The EcoChic Design Award finalists’ collections, created from fabric and textile waste, needed for the award’s showcase that will take place from January 19–22, 2015 at Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Fashion Week.
To demonstrate UPS’s commitment to sustainability, all Redress packages will be shipped carbon neutral and transported via UPS’s hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) on ground in Hong Kong to reduce the project’s carbon footprint. UPS CarbonNeutral® is just one of the ways that Redress reduces their impact on the environment. Support for the development and use of lower-emission alternative fuels is one of the cornerstones of UPS’s environmental strategy. With vehicles representing approximately 35 percent of UPS’s carbon footprint, UPS is committed to accelerating its testing, purchase and deployment of new-generation vehicles.
UPS launched its first Asian HEVs in Hong Kong as part of the organisation’s ongoing sustainability efforts around the world. Since their introduction into the global UPS fleet in 1998, HEVs have shown a 35 percent improvement in fuel economy over conventional vehicles.
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About The EcoChic Design Award
The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition inspiring emerging fashion designers and students to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste. Designers are educated with the theory and techniques to enable them to create sustainable clothing via zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction. The competition puts emerging sustainable design talent in the spotlight, creating a platform for the next generation of designers to cut waste out of fashion. The inaugural EcoChic Design Award was launched in Hong Kong in 2011 and previous cycles also include Hong Kong 2012, China 2012, and the 2013 cycle was open to eight regions across Asia and Europe. To find out more about the award, visit www.ecochicdesignaward.com.
Redress is an NGO with a mission to promote environmental sustainability in the fashion industry by reducing textile waste, pollution, water and energy consumption. They achieve this via educational sustainable fashion competitions, shows, exhibitions, seminars, research and by a recycled textile clothing standard. They collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders including multiple fashion designers, textile and garment manufacturers, retailers, schools and universities, multilateral organisations, governments, NGOs, financial institutions and media organisations. To find out more about Redress, visit www.redress.com.hk.