INNOVATION - Edwin Keh thinks that to solve the fashion industry’s sustainability challenges we need to radically rethink R&D. | Sustainable Fashion Academy

Big Closets Small Planet with Michael Schragger

INNOVATION - Edwin Keh thinks that to solve the fashion industry’s sustainability challenges we need to radically rethink R&D.

Mike speaks with Edwin Keh, CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles & Apparel Limited, about his team’s pioneering and surprising breakthrough in the area of textile recycling, his deep conviction that to accelerate the development and uptake of sustainable solutions our industry needs to do R&D very differently, and why industry innovation - for its own sake - is misguided.

May 8th, 2019 45 minutes 28 seconds
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About this episode

Mike speaks with Edwin Keh, CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles & Apparel Limited, about his team’s pioneering and surprising breakthrough in the area of textile recycling, his deep conviction that to accelerate the development and uptake of sustainable solutions our industry needs to do R&D very differently, and why industry innovation - for its own sake - is misguided. And if that’s not interesting enough for you, the “professor,” as Mike refers to him, also weighs in on the historical relationship between China and “the West”, the fundamental limitations of today’s business models, and why he has become the “favorite son-in-law.”

 

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About the host

Michael Schragger is the Founder and Managing Director for the Sustainable Fashion Academy. For more than a decade Michael has been working with fashion and apparel industry companies, sector stakeholders and experts to harness the industry’s power to improve people lives and create positive returns for the environment.

Michael currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden with his wife Erika and kids Oz and Blimah.