Closed Loop To Balance (CL2B), a new consultancy that helps businesses in Vietnam with strategies to reuse resources and reduce waste, has made two key appointments as the Southeast Asian country starts to open up after successfully containing the coronavirus outbreak.
Joining the year-old firm to lead the tourism and hospitality practice is Miquel Angel, a hospitality expert with 25 years of experience in the sector. He joins after two years with the Vietnam Tourism Advisory Board with a brief to build CL2B’s strategy to lead Vietnam’s tourism sector towards a circular approach to waste management.
Also joining CL2B is Tran Quoc My as business development analyst. He takes on a role to identify circular economy opportunities for clients. In his career, he has worked for BEO Bottle, a Dutch firm that make water bottles from sugarcane extract, and interned with recycling innovation firm TerraCycle.
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They join a team led by CL2B’s managing director and co-founder Kim Lê. She commented that Covid-19 has been hugely disruptive to many companies, and adopting circular business models would reduce the vulnerability of firms that rely on natural resources in their supply chains.
“I see the crisis as an opportunity for the CL2B team to grow and support businesses to make the transition to the circular economy,” she said.
CL2B was founded by Lê and Dutch materials scientist and circular economy expert Josse Kunst in May 2019. The firm aims to help companies eliminate waste in a global centre for the textiles industry. Vietnam is the world’s fourth biggest source of mismanaged plastic waste.