The Future of Denim: Innovations for Circular Design

Michael Lam, David Tring, Hong Kong Design Institute,Tseung Kwan O

Modern design is far more than just style and the latest fashion. Design has the power to change the narrative, shape the way we think and guide the choices we make. The denim industry faces major challenges in how to reduce the usage of water, power, carbon and the raw materials that go into making, shipping and selling our products and reduce our carbon footprint, etc., to be in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The next generation of designers, merchandisers and buyers will have major sustainability challenges to overcome. In this masterclass, we will layout the sustainability challenges in the denim industry and discuss the current and near future solutions that can take us from an outdated linear system of “take, make, waste” to a new circular economy where products that come to the end of their lifecycle become the fabrics and fuel for new products. If we truly want everything to stay the same, then everything must change.

30 Sep 2022
HKG | 16:00 - 18:00 (GMT+8)
Free of charge
Venue / Country
Hong Kong Design Institute, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong


Language: English


Format: Physical lecture; Q&A


Target Audience: Brand directors, design practitioners, design students and anyone interested in sustainable innovation.



  • History of denim and introduction of the current development in the denim industry

  • Measuring the Impact of sustainability with innovation

  • Actions to react to the challenges

  • Goals of the future denim industry


*Limited seats only; Registration on a first-come-first-served basis