Forever Cotton - The People - Bonny Kwan
Name: Bonny Kwan
Title & Company: Associate Director, Supply Chain Marketing Asia, Cotton Incorporated
Years with company: 11 years
Tell us about yourself and your work in the cotton industry:
I am the Associate Director for Supply Chain Marketing Asia in Cotton Incorporated’s Hong Kong office. I am responsible for identifying opportunities, managing activities and relationships with key global sourcing companies, brands and retailers in Hong Kong. I work to influence these companies to make pro-cotton product decisions. Prior to joining Cotton Incorporated in 2008, I was a lecturer providing tertiary education in fashion retailing and marketing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I also have experience working for leading British retailer Marks & Spencer (Asia Pacific) Ltd.
What makes you so passionate about cotton?
Cotton is my passion. It is a beautiful plant that can be used for food, apparel, home textiles, nonwovens, shoes and accessories. It is natural, soft, breathable, comfortable, fashionable and biodegradable. I learned a lot about cotton after joining Cotton Incorporated, and I love sharing all the great things about this magical plant with people, friends, and family.
What do you see as cotton’s biggest opportunity in the future?
I believe that cotton has the biggest opportunity in the activewear market because cotton is one of the best solutions for resolving microplastic pollution in ocean. With consumers’ increasing concerns about the environment and the industry’s great efforts in developing value-added performance technologies, cotton has great potential to replace synthetic fiber in activewear.
What cotton item do you own that you hope to keep forever, and why?
The items I really want to keep forever are the first cotton baby outfits that I purchased for my kids. They wore them as newborns when I brought them home from the hospital. It’s the first cotton item I purchased for them, and they are very meaningful to me and my family.