Closing the Loop on Textile Waste | Ronna Chao

In this episode of Sustainability Ambassadors, Ronna Chao, Novetex Textiles’s Chairperson, discusses her mission to end textile waste and the development of her patented innovation, the Billie! system.

00:15 – Welcome to Sustainable Ambassador Podcast
00:40 – Introduction to Novetex & Billie! system
02:45 – Waht catalyzed decision to develop Billie! system
03:25 – Introduction to Billie! system’s six steps
05:00 – Vision for scale of system, and technology
06:30 – Driving for full circularity, not recycling or disposal
07:50 – Why fast fashion brands struggle to
adopt circularity
09:10 – Vision for next five years
10:05 – Driving sustainability through family business
14:25 – Measuring success
15:30 – Advice to fashion brands to be more sustainability

About Ronna Chao:
Ronna Chao is the chairman of Novetex Textiles, CEO of Novel Investment Partners and director of Novelpark Investments, some of the many companies established by her grandfather Chao Kuang Piu, one of the most important figures in Hong Kong when the city was an international textiles centre.

Ronna Chao began her career in New York, working as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs and in licensing for Tommy Hilfiger, before returning to Hong Kong to join the family business in 2010. She has been instrumental in guiding the industry into a more sustainable future with initiative such as The Billie, a pioneering waterless textile upcycling system.

She is also the CEO of Bai Xian Asia Institute, an organisation founded by her father, Ronald Chao; the institute runs the Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Programme, which pays for up to 100 scholars each year to study abroad at partner universities throughout East Asia.

A mother of three, she is also a council member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, a member of the Board of Directors of Mother’s Choice and a trustee of Asia Society Hong Kong Center.

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