P.MAI Pioneer: Beau Wangtrakuldee

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Meet Beau.


Beau Wangtrakuldee is the founder & CEO of AmorSui, the first safety-certified workwear designed for women from eco-friendly fabrics and processes. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been sheltering in place at my apartment in Philadelphia with her husband Craig and dog (Corgi) Butters.

How has the pandemic impacted you personally?

I actually feel like the impact of the pandemic to my health and work-life balance has been positive. AmorSui is a virtual company, so our team is efficient at working remotely. If anything, my commute to meetings has decreased significantly in the past few months, which I’ve enjoyed. Driving from one location to another can feel like wasted time, so being able to solely run the business from the comfort of my home has allowed me to get more things done and get more sleep. In addition, I am a homebody introvert by nature who enjoy binge watching TV on the couch in my spare time. Being stuck indoors have served me well.

What are you doing (or not doing) to personally weather the storm?

Personally, the challenges I have struggled with during the lockdown are not gettingenough sun and fresh air, and not being active enough. My husband and I make efforts to drive out to parks once a week to go for long hikes. I have also been incorporating online workout classes into my routine, which has been key in keeping my morale up during this time.

How has it impacted you professionally?

As I mentioned, AmorSui operates virtually, so I am used to back-to-back online meetings. However, I have seen myself working longer hours with fewer breaks while being stuck inside. Because of this, I have made a conscious effort to schedule breaks for lunch, exercise, and personal time. I also have this big water bottle that I fill daily to make sure I drink enough water each day.

How are you evolving your small business to meet changing demand? Why is it relevant right now?

There is a growing concern that standard PPE, which often has a unisex design, doesn’t always fit women properly. In a hospital where over 77% of staff are women, only 29% wear PPE designed for women, and 57% say that such PPE hampers their work. AmorSui has broadened our product lines to address this gap for female essential frontline workers, creating masks, eye protection, and gowns in women’s forms and sizes. Our products are also made using eco-friendly fabrics and processes. Their antimicrobial and antiviral properties are active after washes, or in some cases for the lifetime of the garment, like this face mask that kills up to 99% of well-known microbes and viruses for up to 75 washes. The world has generated over 240 tons of waste from disposable PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are on a mission to provide alternative options that are sustainable, well-fitted, and comfortable.

What widespread societal or economical changes do you foresee post pandemic?

With the global shortage of PPE during COVID-19, the world has relied on disposable PPE options to prevent infections, generating over 240 tons of waste. With a potential second surge of COVID-19 in the fall and winter and businesses reopening, we anticipate renewed demand for high-quality PPE. This time around, I believe corporations and manufacturers should consider buying and producing eco-friendly and reusable options to mitigate the creation of more medical waste. AmorSui is contributing to this solution by using our textile technology, design expertise, and manufacturing capacity to create reusable PPE products, that are just as effective if not more.

Any resources that have been particularly useful to you?

For me, sustaining my health, both physical and mental, is important to me. I have leveraged online classes using Classpass and Headspace to incorporate these essential activities into my routine.

 

Thanks for sharing Beau! You can learn more about her company AmorSui at: AmorSuiclothing.com 

Meet Beau.


Beau Wangtrakuldee is the founder & CEO of AmorSui, the first safety-certified workwear designed for women from eco-friendly fabrics and processes. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been sheltering in place at my apartment in Philadelphia with her husband Craig and dog (Corgi) Butters.

How has the pandemic impacted you personally?

I actually feel like the impact of the pandemic to my health and work-life balance has been positive. AmorSui is a virtual company, so our team is efficient at working remotely. If anything, my commute to meetings has decreased significantly in the past few months, which I’ve enjoyed. Driving from one location to another can feel like wasted time, so being able to solely run the business from the comfort of my home has allowed me to get more things done and get more sleep. In addition, I am a homebody introvert by nature who enjoy binge watching TV on the couch in my spare time. Being stuck indoors have served me well.

What are you doing (or not doing) to personally weather the storm?

Personally, the challenges I have struggled with during the lockdown are not gettingenough sun and fresh air, and not being active enough. My husband and I make efforts to drive out to parks once a week to go for long hikes. I have also been incorporating online workout classes into my routine, which has been key in keeping my morale up during this time.

How has it impacted you professionally?

As I mentioned, AmorSui operates virtually, so I am used to back-to-back online meetings. However, I have seen myself working longer hours with fewer breaks while being stuck inside. Because of this, I have made a conscious effort to schedule breaks for lunch, exercise, and personal time. I also have this big water bottle that I fill daily to make sure I drink enough water each day.

How are you evolving your small business to meet changing demand? Why is it relevant right now?

There is a growing concern that standard PPE, which often has a unisex design, doesn’t always fit women properly. In a hospital where over 77% of staff are women, only 29% wear PPE designed for women, and 57% say that such PPE hampers their work. AmorSui has broadened our product lines to address this gap for female essential frontline workers, creating masks, eye protection, and gowns in women’s forms and sizes. Our products are also made using eco-friendly fabrics and processes. Their antimicrobial and antiviral properties are active after washes, or in some cases for the lifetime of the garment, like this face mask that kills up to 99% of well-known microbes and viruses for up to 75 washes. The world has generated over 240 tons of waste from disposable PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are on a mission to provide alternative options that are sustainable, well-fitted, and comfortable.

What widespread societal or economical changes do you foresee post pandemic?

With the global shortage of PPE during COVID-19, the world has relied on disposable PPE options to prevent infections, generating over 240 tons of waste. With a potential second surge of COVID-19 in the fall and winter and businesses reopening, we anticipate renewed demand for high-quality PPE. This time around, I believe corporations and manufacturers should consider buying and producing eco-friendly and reusable options to mitigate the creation of more medical waste. AmorSui is contributing to this solution by using our textile technology, design expertise, and manufacturing capacity to create reusable PPE products, that are just as effective if not more.

Any resources that have been particularly useful to you?

For me, sustaining my health, both physical and mental, is important to me. I have leveraged online classes using Classpass and Headspace to incorporate these essential activities into my routine.

 

Thanks for sharing Beau! You can learn more about her company AmorSui at: AmorSuiclothing.com 

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