One of the city’s top producers of fashion technology and design graduates has come under fire for “wastefully” throwing out seven boxes of brand new but deliberately destroyed T-shirts. The boxes of new womens’ T-shirts were found lying next to bins on the third floor of a Polytechnic University building three weeks ago. The T-shirts were emblazoned with the PolyU logo on both sides but were considered inappropriate for giving away as they included misprinted words. If you can’t eat it, wear it: Hong Kong researchers come up with novel solution to food waste problem “The front of the T-shirts was cut deliberately and they were placed in boxes with the words ‘rubbish’ written on them,” said Winnie Ng, a visitor to the university who reported the incident to the institution. “There are different charities working hard to reuse unused and second-hand garments. PolyU has a social responsibility to handle waste in a more considerate way,” she said. Ng said the university could have turned to its own students for innovative ideas on how to recycle the unwanted garments. The university confirmed the incident. A spokesman said there were reuse arrangements, which could have turned the T-shirts into environmental bags or other useful garments, but it was “unfortunately decided” that the T-shirts had to be dumped. “The T-shirts in question were ordered for our staff and student helpers some time ago for our information day. However, the wording on the T-shirts was misprinted,” he said. “The staff member in charge of this decided against donating as the misprinted words rendered them improper for donation.” Hong Kong women make clothing from scratch and save the environment He said the university had a waste management policy and guidelines on environmental protection as well as activities for handling unwanted promotional materials, including T-shirts. “PolyU will continuously review our sustainability policy and enhance our efforts in improving sustainability,” the spokesman said, adding that it would work to reduce waste “as far as practicable” in its forthcoming information day. According to new analysis produced by environmental group Greenpeace, Hongkongers dispose of 110,000 tonnes of textile garments each year. That is equivalent to 1,400 T-shirts being thrown out every minute. Per capita, it works out at about 15.3kg of clothing dumped in a year, a weight equal to roughly 102 150g cotton T-shirts.