Jon Khoo

Jon Khoo

Jon Khoo is a Regional Sustainability Manager at Interface with a focus on sustainability, inclusive business and intrapreneurship. Jon specialises in the commercialisation of Interface’s sustainability initiatives and response to the current climate emergency, such as its mission Climate Take Back – to run its business in a way that reverses the effects of global warming.

He was a key part of developing Interface and the Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) Net-WorksTM partnership, a community-based supply chain for discarded fishing nets that provides access to finance and seeks to provide long term conservation benefits. Net-Works was awarded the Guardian Sustainable Business Award in 2015 for Collaboration and the 2016 US State Department Award for Corporate Excellence (Sustainable Oceans Management).

He is also part of the team responsible for Interface’s membership of NextWave, an open-source initiative led by Dell and Lonely Whale to engage corporates, scientists, and NGOs to figure out how to integrate ocean-bound plastics into products in a way that is both scalable and sustainable.

Jon is also the host of the Designing With Climate In Mind podcast a series of interviews with experts taking an in-depth look into the ever-evolving world of sustainable design.

Jon currently serves on the trustee board of UK environmental charity, Surfers Against Sewage.

Seven Sustainability Myths

9 April, 2020

The amount of carbon in the atmosphere always stays the same: Actually, it has changed. Human activity, known as the Anthropocene, is what has disrupted the carbon cycle over the last few years. But we still have the opportunity to change this by making low carbon choices, protecting our natural carbon sinks – such as…

A Little More Conversation, A Lot More Action Please

29 May, 2019

If we stop for a moment to think about the positives, the awareness of climate change is greater than it’s ever been. The magnitude of the recent protests in London and cities across the UK is just one indicator of this. But it’s not just the scale of those demonstrations which took people by surprise, it was also the people taking part. It was people like you and me. People who have had enough of living with the status quo and want to make a real difference.

Rethinking the World’s Waste Dilemma

24 April, 2018

China’s shift in recycling waste plastic Recently, the door closed to what was, until now, the dominant market for recycling waste plastic. In 2017, the People’s Republic of China announced that it would no longer accept 24 categories of recyclables and solid waste, instead replacing imported materials with recycled material collected domestically. In the previous…

Addressing Ocean Plastics with NextWave and the Circular Economy

27 February, 2018

There is an African proverb that states, If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want go far, go together. This is certainly true in the circular economy. We are increasingly seeing companies realise the power and value of collaboration. Just recently, a cross-industry consortium of companies joined forces to tackle the global…