China and The Sustainable Fashion
March 28, 2019
Hosted by Michelle Zou
Fashion is a $2.4 trillion-dollar global business (2% of world’s GDP), and is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Sustainability is a complex and critical issue in today’s fashion industry. China is the largest textile producing and exporting country in the world with $110B exports of textiles and apparel (2017). “Made in China” is on 50% of the world’s apparel (Business of Fashion). This also means that an estimated 53% of the world’s textile production waste comes from China - an estimated 70,000 tons produced every day, and 2.5 billion tons of polluted wastewater produced annually. In this episode, Rayne Reed will discuss what each of us can do in sustainable fashion, what companies can do to increase sustainability while meeting consumers’ demand, and share some industry best practices. Rayne has 30 years’ experience in the fashion industry, has worked for Gap as Senior Director of Product Development and Buying in China, and lived in USA, Europe and Asia.
In China with Michelle Zou
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“In China with Michelle Zou” features interviews of thought leaders and executives combined with experts in a range of industries. We reveal their thoughts and personal stories about the various opportunities manifesting with China’s economic development and social changes. From our guest Chinese and foreigners who have lived in China, you will learn valuable information about today’s China and how it relates to you.
China has risen to become the second largest economy in the world. China’s incredible opportunities are attracting people from all over the world, no matter if you are a business leader, a manufacturer, a trader, a professional, an artist, or a student. What does China look like today? What opportunities does this huge market has for you? How can you seize those opportunities? This show will help you find your own answers. You will discover opportunities that you can tap into in China and understand how you can ride with the tide to grow your career or business.
Founder and CEO at Pacific Technologies Consulting Group (PTCG), Michelle Yingyi Zou is building a consulting, training, coaching, and conferencing business focusing on US-China cross border opportunities. She brings over 20 years US-China experience in industry and helps American organizations learn the China market and culture, enter and grow business in China, and vice versa. In addition, Michelle is a business and leadership coach specializing in helping leaders and professionals grow their business and achieve their career goals. She is also a management and marketing consultant and trainer for Microsoft, a board of director at Washington State China Relations Council, and an advisor for several startups. She is passionate about education and have been leading and volunteering in NGOs to make a difference in people’s life through education. She is a public speaker in the U.S. Speaker program and frequently speaks in China. In addition, she publishes a weekly podcast program and authors articles in Chinese introducing America to the Chinese audience.
Michelle has worked in Microsoft, HP, EMC, IDC and in Chinese companies and startups. She has an MBA and Master of Science in Finance degree, as well as a Professional Coaching certification.