HOA VU – FOUNDER OF ENVIRONMENTALLY ETHICAL RELOCATION COMPANY

Peter Cornish talks to Hoa Vu, founder of environmentally ethical relocation company, Evolve Mobility. Photo by Romain Garrigue.

You have recently opened Evolve Mobility, Ho Chi Minh City’s newest relocation company with a strong social and environmentally aware business strategy. Why do you believe such an approach is important in today’s business world?

I believe that we have reached a critical point where we must re-evaluate how we do business, and how it fits in harmony with the planet and people. Evolve Mobility shuns this redundant thinking that makes us identify ourselves just as individuals as this thinking is to the detriment of our planet.

Work and business cannot be seen as separate to people and what is important to individuals in their lives, but rather a “part of” these beliefs. When the earth faces ecological meltdown, businesses are stepping up to create alternative narratives. Evolve Mobility is not the only ones with this outlook, but we do want to be part of this new narrative.

Evolve Mobility describes itself as an “environment first moving company”. How would you describe the vison and ethos of the company?

The packaging industry worldwide contributes to a large amount of waste. Here in Vietnam there are exciting earth-first initiatives, such as Evolve Mobility, taking place that we knew we could be a part of. If we can change here in Vietnam, then it is possible for the whole world to change.

We are responsible for the health and welfare of our staff, our clients and the earth. From my many years’ experience in the relocation industry I know that the word “recycled” was used haphazardly without any real responsibility.

I knew that with the right partners that I could create end to end recycling solutions at Evolve Mobility and a definite programme that was multi-levelled where we could address a reuse, repair, recycle philosophy. We hope that our competitors will see these initiatives and join us for a bigger conversation!

You describe the team at Evolve as “recycling warriors” What motivated you to take this approach?

Without doubt the packaging industry worldwide is a large contributor to waste. When most moving companies qualify “recycling” as re-using boxes for local moves, I felt it was time to move the industry forward and to start a company that contributed more fully to the preservation of the beauty of Vietnam.

I try to travel extensively in Vietnam and am in awe of my homeland’s magnificent beauty. I feel a duty to protect that for my children and for everyone. As the first relocation company to initiate such directives in Vietnam we felt like “warriors” as we met other companies and created a “movement”.

Anything that we can possibly obtain from recycled materials we secure. For somethings there is no alternative yet but soon we believe everything with be from recycled materials. We have gone to great lengths to access alternatives.

People and planet first is how we approach each issue that has faced us so far.

Who have you partnered with to achieve your environmental goals?

I have partnered with Karta VN who are also environmentally conscious in their business strategy. They are a local Vietnamese company that manufacture boxes out of 100% recycled material in Vietnam.

They also collect and process boxes and material from inbound moves that don’t meet international re-use standards and converts them into material that undergoes full quality control inspection after recycling.

We have heard about Karta Garden, an initiative started by Karta in Tay Ninh Province. Can you explain this project and what Karta hopes to achieve with it?

This is a Karta initiative that has been operating for three years now and one that Evolve Mobility will also partner with Karta VN on.

The idea behind Karta Garden is to give people a space and environment where you can explore and understand yourself, others, and live in the caring arms of nature. In this space you can grow your own vegetables build your own bamboo and mud house and create a space to come back to when life gets stressful.

How do you think people can work together to confront environmental issues in Vietnam?

Connection is the solution. Once we start to see beyond our own instant gratification and stop seeing ourselves as separate individuals then we see ourselves as part of the solution. Once I started to enquire with different people and companies I was surprised that I found many who shared Evolve Mobility’s beliefs.

I recommend starting conversations with everyone. Did you know that we are the only species on the planet that if we became extinct the planet would flourish?  Yet if ants became extinct or even bees the whole ecological system would fall apart. We are insignificant to this planet and the only ones that can offer a solution.

Throughout what Evolve does, you place emphasis on social responsibility. What else are you doing to promote this?

Many of our clients allow us to collect any unwanted items for the reuse/ recycle/ repair programme. These items are stored at our brand-new warehouse just 20 minutes from the centre of Ho Chi Minh City. Each month we will hold a bazaar and raise money for a local charity.

Each month the date of the bazaar will be promoted by way of Evolve Mobility and other partners Facebook and Instagram. Best offers will be accepted on the day and all proceeds will go to a different selected Vietnam charity each month. The charity and amount raised will be announced on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Follow us for regular updates as well as posting on topical environmental issues.

It’s a great way to raise donations. Someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure!

What advice would you give other companies wanting to become more socially and environmentally relevant in 2018?

Believe that there is another way. The world is moving in a different direction now. There are solutions created in connecting with other people and in exploring new ways. There will be people who will tell you – no, its not possible. Find the people that want to join you and support your efforts. They are out there!

Evolve Mobility Launches Eco Program In Vietnam

Hong Kong, January, 2018 – If you believe that relocating to a new country is exciting and holds the promise of new adventure, then Evolve Mobility shares your belief. Evolve Mobility understands that your journey shapes how you evolve in your new country and into the scheme of your life. Evolve believes that in assisting you in one part of the process, they will create an amazing relocation experience for you. They want to set the tone for the next stage in your new life. But what makes this new comer to the moving and support services industry in Vietnam so different?

Evolve Mobility is the latest start-up to successfully launch in Vietnam’s exciting start-up eco-system. Headed up by its Founder and Managing Director, Vietnamese National, Hoa Vu, Hoa has 20 years’ experience in the International Relocation Industry in Vietnam. Within this 20 years Hoa has set up strong contacts with International Moving Companies all over the world who are supporting her efforts. She has in-depth knowledge of customs clearance, international packing standards and insurance. Over these years she has set up and managed warehousing, operations, sales and quality control. Through this experience and “on-the-ground” communication with clients, crews and customs she was able to uncover a real need within the industry for a socially and environmentally aware business strategy.

Without doubt the packaging industry worldwide is a large contributor to waste. When most moving companies qualify “recycling” as using boxes for local moves, Hoa felt it was time to move the industry forward and to start a company that contributed more fully to the preservation of the beauty of Vietnam. Her vision was realized with the partnership with Karta VN who have adopted environmentally aware end to end program. Karta is a local Vietnamese company that manufacture boxes out of 100% recycled material in Vietnam. Furthermore for any boxes or material that comes in through inbound moves and may not be up to international standards to be reused for packing, Karta collects that material to process it and turn it back into material that undergoes full quality control inspection after recycling.

Hoa s vision extends to a strong social responsibility as well. Clients are encouraged to allow Evolve Mobility to collect any unwanted items for the reuse/ recycle/ repair program. These items will be stored at the brand new warehouse for a monthly charity bazaar. This brand new purpose built warehouse is only 20 minutes from the centre of HCMC town and has a designated area sales and brand new rest-room facilities to accommodate all visitors to the bazaar. Refreshments will be available. Each month the date of the bazaar will be promoted by way of Evolve Mobility and other partners facebook and instagram. The date of the charity bazaar will be determined by the amount of donations obtained month by month. Best offers will be accepted on the day and all proceeds will go to a different selected Vietnam charity each month which will also be advised to the public by way of facebook and instagram. Monies raised will be made public and each charity will advise each month how the donation has been allocated. Someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure!

Hoa is embracing a new business model whereby packing staff are paid above industry standards and crew and supervisors receive yearly bonuses, over a “shareholder supremacy” model where the shareholders receive the bonuses.

With the launch of the new website and staff with a digital marketing, and e-commerce background the website will be developed in three phases seeing an improved user experience with each planned development, all scheduled for 2018.

Visit Evolve Mobility at for moving services and support and care services. Follow them on facebook at Evolve Mobility and instagram – @weareevolvemobility for all updates on the bazaar sale dates as well as other codes that will be made available for Evolves audience at coffee shops and other partners around town, throughout the year.

Business Talk : Evolve Mobility, the latest startup launched in the Vietnamese exciting start up eco-system.

If you believe that relocating to a new country is exciting and holds the promise of new adventure, then Evolve Mobility shares your belief. Evolve Mobility understands that your journey shapes how you evolve in your new country and into the scheme of your life. Evolve believes that in assisting you in one part of the process, they will create an amazing relocation experience for you. They want to set the tone for the next stage in your new life. But what makes this new comer to the moving and support services industry in Vietnam so different?

 

Evolve Mobility is the latest start-up to successfully launch in Vietnam’s exciting start-up eco-system. Headed up by its Founder and Managing Director, Vietnamese National, Hoa Vu, Hoa has 20 years’ experience in the International Relocation Industry in Vietnam. Within this 20 years Hoa has set up strong contacts with International Moving Companies all over the world who are supporting her efforts. She has in-depth knowledge of customs clearance, international packing standards and insurance. Over these years she has set up and managed warehousing, operations, sales and quality control. Through this experience and “on-the-ground” communication with clients, crews and customs she was able to uncover a real need within the industry for a socially and environmentally aware business strategy.

Without doubt the packaging industry worldwide is a large contributor to waste. When most moving companies qualify “recycling” as using boxes for local moves, Hoa felt it was time to move the industry forward and to start a company that contributed more fully to the preservation of the beauty of Vietnam. Her vision was realized with the partnership with Karta VN who have adopted environmentally aware end to end program. Karta is a local Vietnamese company that manufacture boxes out of 100% recycled material in Vietnam. Furthermore for any boxes or material that comes in through inbound moves and may not be up to international standards to be reused for packing, Karta collects that material to process it and turn it back into material that undergoes full quality control inspection after recycling.

Hoa s vision extends to a strong social responsibility as well. Clients are encouraged to allow Evolve Mobility to collect any unwanted items for the reuse/ recycle/ repair program. These items will be stored at the brand new warehouse for a monthly charity bazaar. This brand new purpose built warehouse is only 20 minutes from the centre of HCMC town and has a designated area sales and brand new rest-room facilities to accommodate all visitors to the bazaar. Refreshments will be available. Each month the date of the bazaar will be promoted by way of Evolve Mobility and other partners facebook and instagram. The date of the charity bazaar will be determined by the amount of donations obtained month by month. Best offers will be accepted on the day and all proceeds will go to a different selected Vietnam charity each month which will also be advised to the public by way of facebook and instagram. Monies raised will be made public and each charity will advise each month how the donation has been allocated. Someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure!

Hoa is embracing a new business model whereby packing staff are paid above industry standards and crew and supervisors receive yearly bonuses, over a “shareholder supremacy” model where the shareholders receive the bonuses.
With the launch of the new website and staff with a digital marketing, and e-commerce background the website will be developed in three phases seeing an improved user experience with each planned development, all scheduled for 2018.

Visit Evolve Mobility at www.evolvemobilityintl.com for moving services and support and care services. Follow them on facebook at Evolve Mobility and instagram – @weareevolvemobility for all updates on the bazaar sale dates as well as other codes that will be made available for Evolves audience at coffee shops and other partners around town, throughout the year.

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Solving Vietnam’s Trash Problem One Moving Truck at a Time

Vietnam has a trash problem, and it’s hard to miss. Storm drains are full of discarded plastic from takeaway containers to drink bottles, and the country is among five Asian nations thought to be responsible for 60% of all plastic waste in the world’s oceans.

Hoa Vu and Trang Luu Van are doing their part to create change through an unexpected avenue. They both operate moving companies that only use 100% recycled boxes and packaging material, a virtually unheard of initiative in this industry.

“I haven’t seen it anywhere,” Hoa, the managing director of Evolve Mobility, tells Saigoneer. “My wish is that when we work with other partners around the world that they will recognize and follow and do the same as us. Normally the best ideas come from bigger countries, but I hope that it starts from Vietnam.”

Evolve has only been in operation for three months, but Hoa has over 20 years of experience in the moving industry. She noticed that all of the offices she worked in were full of trash, and wanted to make a change.

“Since I was a little kid I wanted to protect the environment, so I see the people throw everything away, and it destroys the environment,” she explains.

She searched for moving companies which focus on recycling and came across Karta, Trang’s business. Karta has been in business for five years and provides 100% recycled boxes to corporations like Samsung, the French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi and Triumph underwear. They also produce recycled paper bags for companies which supply the likes of Adidas and Nike.

“All paper is recycled internally,” Trang says. “We have trucks and people who go around to cities and other provinces to get debris and material to bring back to our factories in southern Vietnam.”

Hoa admits that such a business model is difficult. “When we use recycled packing materials the cost might double, so the economics are tough,” she explains. “But that doesn’t mean we can’t do it.”

In a country where most people leave their trash outside to be sorted by informal ve chai workers, instilling a broad recycling culture will be a challenge, but both women are adamant it can be done, and that it must be done for all materials, not just paper.

“We don’t want to stop there because with paper products we only solve one part of the issue,” Trang says in an email. “The lifestyle of using non-degradable products and wasting resources is the root cause of the environmental issues.”

This may be a long process, but Trang understands that. “I know that our products can replace plastic and metals; for example, we can replace plastic bags,” she says. “If we reduce, and my friend reduces, step by step it will get big.”

Huong Vu, general manager at Evolve, adds that recycling is what sets them apart: “Recycling is our unique selling point. Whatever paper is in our office or warehouse, we use recycled material. We really want to show our clients that we are contributing something to society and the environment.”

Hoa, meanwhile, plans to connect with schools in order to explain to students the importance of recycling and the harmful effects of wasting material. Anyone who has children who dump empty Sting bottles into storm drains will understand the need to start young when it comes to such awareness.

Trang also has much grander ambitions, starting with an initiative called Karta Garden. She explains: “We wish to give you a present in the form of a space, an environment, where you are allowed to explore and understand yourself, understand others, and live in the caring arms of nature.”

If successful, Karta will use this model to create more products for consumers to create green, sustainable homes.

For Hoa, it’s all about people accepting the need for such initiatives. “We need step by step for people to recognize this,” she says. “If you know us, you will tell someone about us, and if we do it correctly we’re better able to do things for people.”

Published on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 11:43

Written by Michael Tatarski. Photo by Kevin Lee.

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