Social enterprise remakes waste into consumer goods.
While working for the decades-old family fashion business, Sissi Chao had an experience that literally took her breath away.
“Not long after I started, I started visiting our fabric suppliers,” said Chao. “I could hardly breathe, even before I got in the building. It was awful. Every supplier was the same. And I knew that all of this pollution was going into the environment.”
It was this personal encounter that prompted Chao to make a positive change in the second most polluting industry in the world: fashion. In 2018, she founded REMAKEHUB, a company that takes discarded clothes and plastic waste and repurposes them into apparel, blankets, furniture and accessories. The company won UNEP’s 2020 Asia-Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge.