The Gold Award of the 2020 Hong Kong Green Innovations Awards (HKGIA) has been won by the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), Hong Kong/China, for their Garment-to-Garment Recycle System (G2G). Additionally, the project was honoured by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion’s Good Design Best100 2021 of The Good Design Award (G Mark). The 2 awards recognise G2G’s green functions and innovative design.
The G2G is a unique mini-scale production line that recycles used garments into new ones. The whole process takes place in a 40-foot container enclosed in double-glazed glass, so that visitors can view the entire recycling process and deepen their experience by recycling their own used clothes.
The G2G project is currently in its 2nd phase and features an AI algorithm developed to estimate recycle process parameters setting and automatically review if the fibres need to be reopened. The 2nd phase technology also has a 3-in-1 fiber processing system installed, which increases the system's degree of automation as well as its capacity. The system links up to a 3D body scanner which measures the shape of customers to ensure the recycled garment fits well.
Winning the Gold Award of HKGIA shows that the G2G project excels in the key areas of the level of innovation, environmental achievements, practicability and contribution to society. The award from Japan remarks the G2G as pioneering technology that helps to achieve a sustainable future for both the industry and society. To introduce the award-winning entries to the public, the Good Design Exhibition 2021 is now running in Tokyo/Japan until November 21, 2021.