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The Mills Green Christmas

13 December 2021 - 6 January 2022



As 2021 comes to an end, The Mills welcomes a truly Green Christmas with a Christmas ‘tree’ that doesn’t burden the earth. Teaming up with local designer Orange Terry, The Mills created this giant installation in its atrium by the upcycling eye-catching blue and red denim swatches, in hopes of spreading an eco-friendly message.

Creating a Less Wasteful World
Ellie Leung, Marketing Director of The Mills said, “The Mills is committed to integrating the concept of sustainability into wide range of activities. Swatches, while an essential part of the textile manufacturing process, are hardly ever recycled because of the inherent size and condition limitations. Creating this denim Christmas tree was a challenging yet fulfilling journey, and it propels us all to think about how we can recycle and upcycle almost anything to create a less wasteful, more sustainable, and greener world”.

An Endless Cycle of Life
Over the past year, Orange Terry collected and recycled denim swatches from various textile manufacturers in Hong Kong. After cleaning and sanitising each swatch, he cut and redesigned the swatches based on their unique textures and colours; the redesigned swatches are then brought together again in the form of a conceptual Christmas tree.

Following its rebirth as festive decor, the swatches will be utilised as raw materials for a post-Christmas workshop and transformed into beautiful fabric vases and card holders. This shows how, with creativity and imagination, there are no limits to the life cycle of seemingly unusable, disposable items.


The Mills is Nan Fung Group’s landmark revitalisation project which transformed its former textile factories into a new destination for heritage and innovation. A story of reinvention, The Mills is about preserving the best of Hong Kong’s past and combining it with the future to offer a new platform for inspiration and creativity. The Mills represents the movement ‘from textile to techstyle’, symbolising the transition from its heritage to innovation, from old to new.

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