Heidi Cox is a qualified textile technologist, Heidi has over 20 years’ technical manufacturing experience in the textile industry, but has always had a keen interest in conservation and the environment. In 2009, when the time came to “go it alone” due to factory closure, Heidi decided to diversify her area of expertise and set about researching the in-factory requirements of post-consumer waste to be used as raw materials for recycled products, with a view to pass on the unadulterated facts on recycling to consumers. For 7 years, for some time at her own cost, but currently supported by the Paper Recycling Association of SA, Heidi has visited schools, community groups and any other willing victims, intent on creating public awareness of good practice in waste management.
Starting out as more of a concerned citizen, and relatively new to this industry, Heidi hopes to make a difference in public awareness of the importance of participation in responsible waste management in the smallest and largest contexts, as well as support and expand economically sustainable, industrial-scale end-uses for waste goods that are still being sent to landfill.
Heidi is the chairperson of the South African Dyers’ and Finishers’ Association, and is on the committee of the Mountain Backpackers’ Club. She runs, hikes, cycles and is threatening to do a triathlon in the not-too-distant future. She also enjoys reading, bird-watching and taking time to appreciate the peace of wild areas.
Heidi’s husband, Chris Cox, is a chemical engineer with a background in the paper industry, and thus endures hours of interrogation on a regular basis. They have 2 sons, 3 dogs and a cat who shall be obeyed.