Visit to Cirbaf, Hong Kong

My visit to Cirbaf, a sustainable fashion brand in Hong Kong. Cirbaf is the inverse of the word ‘fabric’. They focus on reusing fabrics left over by factories to make baby shoes and accessories. They use organic materials since baby shoes need to be healthy and soft.

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Baby shoes designed and manufactured by Cirbaf. Their products are made of organic materials and can reduce waste from factories. Besides, all products are made by a group of people with disabilities in sheltered workshops run by Po Leung Kuk or St James’ Settlement. They aim to provide employment opportunities for this group of people who are usually ignored by the mainstream. For people with disabilities, they can gain income and realize social values from their own labor input instead of relying on governmental subsidies. It is a tough process to train them to be equipped with manufacturing techniques. So manufacturing procedures cannot be too demanding. However, once they master the technique, each of them will complete each step with their whole heart. Nobody would complain or idle away the time. Many might think that it is hard for people with disabilities to work. There are actually many types of disabilities. As long as one is willing to work, most can qualify for employment.

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Jockey Club is the organization in Hong Kong I heard most about. Usually they are really engaged with charity work. They sponsor several dormitories or halls at HKU. They are also one of the buyers of Cirbaf’s products. Cirbaf supplies with Jockey Club these wristbands made from unused fabrics to be corporate souvenirs.

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Slippers are Cirbaf’s flagship products. The design is quite nice too. Why not choose a pair of slipper that is beautiful as well as socially meaningful?

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Denim laptop bags made from unused denim fabrics.

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Baby mittens, aren’t they cute. The retail price is 90HKD. What do you think?

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With Cirbaf’s staff, Tiffany. Both social enterprise and sustainable fashion need more and more young people.

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